Articles By: Malinda Just

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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If the shoe fits, then no more blisters

I recently stepped out of my brown-and-black comfort zone and borrowed a pair of red-patent wedges to wear for my husband?s and my fifth wedding anniversary. It was refreshing to dress up for an evening out, and the bold shoes added to the fun. Shoes have the potential to make or break an outfit. First designed for foot-protection, modern shoes […]

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Value of blood donation now clear

A couple years ago, before beginning my journey into motherhood, I sat on a folding chair, waiting to donate blood at a local Red Cross blood drive. I had made my appointment for a busy time of day, so I had ample time to observe my surroundings. It was then I engaged in reading each of the survivor stories mounted […]

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