Articles By: Shelley Plett

‘The Office’ casting rings true to life

?Yes, I was the first one out (during the fire). And yes, I?ve heard ?women and children first.? But we do not employ children. We are not a sweatshop, thankfully. And women are equal in the workplace by law. So if I let them out first, I have a lawsuit on my hands.? ?Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from ?The Office?

Assistant regional manager Dwight Schrute, mistakenly thinking he?s about to be promoted, paints his boss?s office black in order to intimidate his subordinates.

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Ultimately, its the mothers who cry

?The last time when you ran to me, still small enough to hold. The last time that you said you?d marry me when you grew old. Precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past ? would I have held on longer if I?d known they were your last?? ?Karen Kingsbury?

I have a friend with a newborn baby. She?s understandably tired, anxious and stressed. I have another who?s ?baby? is starting his first year of high school. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too. Then there?s another who is two semesters away from putting her last baby in a cap and gown. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too.

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Organizing life isn’t always tidy

?The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they?re organized for.? ?Laura Ingalls Wilder?

Hot career trends come and go. In the same way that the television series ?CSI? has inspired people to get into forensics, shows like ?Trading Spaces? and ?While You Were Out? have sparked as much interest in organization. Or in the very least, sparked some guilt about being less than organized.

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These women make a big difference

?This one?s for the girls ?Who love without holding back, Who dream with everything they have, All around the world?? ?Martina McBride


You may have heard the name Mariane Pearl. She has been in the news a lot, again. She is the widow of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan by Islamic terrorists in 2002, when Mariane was five months pregnant. There?s a movie out now based on her memoirs about her husband.

She is also an international reporter and the Global Diary columnist for Glamour magazine. It?s this Global Diary that caught my attention. I stumbled across it when I randomly bought an issue of Glamour. And now I?m hooked.

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The only way out is to go through it

?The only way out is through?the only way we?ll feel better?the only way out is through ultimately.?

?Alanis Morisette


Sometimes there is too much loss in a short period of time. The abduction and murder of Kelsey Smith in Overland Park is a story that mixes too many emotions in a single pot.

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Graduation is a chance to start over

?A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ?individuality? is the key to success.? ?Robert Purvis

Until this weekend, I?ve never deliberately walked into a heightened security area where the single entrance/exit is guarded by fire and police and bordered by two bag check points, scanning purses and diaper bags, faculty and grandmas.

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‘Friendship diet’ is a healty strategy

?When we lose 20 pounds…we may be losing the 20 best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.? ?Woody Allen


Let?s imagine that you?re looking to lose a few pounds. You could (a) belly dance; (b) starve your belly; or (c) belly laugh.

I know, that?s a tough one. But go ahead, choose letter C. You?ll be happy to learn, as I was, that authentic, deep, spontaneous laughter is a legitimate calorie burner. But none of those phony humor-the-manager or shut-up-the-salesman partial chuckles?it has to be the real


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Comedy Central, E! Online: take me!

On an average day seven minutes of news happens. Yet there are
currently three full-time, 24-hour news networks. ?Jon Stewart, host of
cable TV?s ?The Daily Show? <p><p>Exactly how many times
can a person be expected to listen to or click on to news stories with
the key words of kidnapping, death toll, abuse, neglect or murder? Do
you watch the nightly news? Log on to Internet news? If so, you must
recognize the same pattern.

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This tree will live on for some time

?At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.? ?Job 14:7


Stripped and stained, handed down or fixed up. These kinds of refinished or recycled things are what bring a little cozy into a home and give it a layered feeling?a sense of a history that you can?t quite pinpoint, but know it?s there, buried in the wood and baseboards.

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Volunteer firefighters deserve to be compensated with our gratitude

?Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.?

?Elizabeth Andrew

The Tostitos chips marketing experts explained it all. Did you catch their Super Bowl commercial showing four colleagues ?working? together, but in reality, only one of them actually put out any effort?

That?s pretty typical for assigned groups and committees. Too many queens, not enough workers, too many alpha-males, not enough pack members, etc., etc. I?ll stop there before I offend some dangerous breed of animal or overly sensitive gender.

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