Articles By: Malinda Just

Writing urge has spilled into a blog

Once upon a time. That?s how great stories begin. And that?s how I began my very first blog post. Yes, I?m officially blogging. I probably should have started three years ago during our first pregnancy. Or at least after our daughter?s birth. Or maybe after we spent time in the hospital with our daughter right after her first birthday. Instead, […]

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March is great for multiple reasons

Even though at the moment I write this, the sky is gloomy and the wind is blustery from the north, March is a great month. For some of you, March is great because of the ensuing Madness. I don?t tend to get hyped because of basketball, but I will fill out a bracket. My strategies?pick some underdogs, pick some cool-sounding […]

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The veritas of shopping and Spanx

I spent the majority of my Saturday scouring Towne East Mall in Wichita with my mom and youngest sister. Our mission was to find the perfect prom dress for my sister?s first prom. The choices were plentiful?glitter or sparkles, satin or lace, strapless or strapped, halter or not, long or short (insert images of 1980s movies here). After narrowing her […]

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Prep is the highlight of pregnancy

Preparation is to pregnancy as, well, commercials are to the Super Bowl?that?s what it?s all about. Think about it for a second. In 2009, NBC said the Super Bowl averaged 95.4 million viewers during the four-hour-plus showdown between the Steelers and the Cardinals. But when did the majority of those viewers leave the comfort of the couch in search of […]

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Finding something better than a star

During my childhood, my family alternated celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day between my two sets of grandparents. Before reaching the embarrassing and often awkward middle-school years, my favorite schedule was to celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandma Helen?s house in Marquette, because every other year, the Olson family hosts a special visitor. A right jolly, good fellow you might […]

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Facebook reacts to ?bun in the oven?

In my two-plus years of being a Facebook member, I?ve never had the enormous outpouring of responses to a status update as I did a month ago. Sure, I?ve had the typical Facebook birthday, where online friends post short messages all over my wall. But even my special day has never compared to my post in October. Curious? For those […]

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Pink: the color of courage and hope

I have always been intrigued by symbolism. Analyzing symbolism can lead to a deeper understanding of poetry, literature and the author behind a specific literary work. But symbolism can go beyond the realms of literature to objects that are widely accepted to stand for a larger movement. For instance, imagine a yellow ribbon. In 1973, ?Tie a Yellow Ribbon ?Round […]

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Time travel could have been handy

In 1895, H.G. Wells wrote ?The Time Machine,? centering on a main character who uses a time machine to selectively travel through the years. This novella is credited with the mainstream popularization of the sci-fi concept of time travel. Since then, the notion of time travel has made millions of dollars in the film industry alone. In the 1985 movie […]

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Here?s the dirt on mom and daughter

My grandma loves to tell the story of two young girls who went outside to play. Before long, as my grandma tells it, she passed by a window just in time to see the older of the two smear mud down the front of the other?s coat. The youngest ran to the house crying, ?She got me dirty, she got […]

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Mystery of acquiring language skills

Even though it?s once again illegal to shoot fireworks, we continue to have daily explosions at the Just house. But before reporting us to the authorities, you should know that our explosions have nothing to do with fire, and everything to do with words. Now a 15-month-old, my daughter?s language development is exploding. Each day, it seems, she says a […]

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