Category: Opinion

Get shakin’ with salted caramel brownies

  Salted caramel brownies have a hint of saltiness and lots of sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. I have been on a popcorn kick lately when I’m in the mood for a snack. Really, to be accurate, I should say that both I and our schnauzer, K.C., have been on a popcorn kick lately, since I never eat a bowl […]

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Bad decisions make good stories

If you had to describe yourself to someone else, how would you do it? Would you describe your looks, your heritage, your political leanings? Or would you strive more to describe who you are inside your skin, what makes you tick? Sometimes it’s hard to describe our true feelings and initiatives, to put those amorphous ideas into concrete words. But […]

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Things I’ve learned from my adoption

Things I’ve learned from my adoption “What do I have to be thankful for? My own dad didn’t want me.” Thanksgiving was creeping closer, and I had just unleashed that question on a group of high school freshmen I thought to be my friends. If I recall correctly, it was the first time I voiced that inner turmoil. My biological […]

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Hillsboro Mayor gives reflections on the holidays

Reflections on the holidays I hope you enjoyed this holiday season and took some time during the hectic to and fro to reflect on the real reason for the season. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the festivities that we forget that; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will […]

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A few prediction for the upcoming year

Attention, everyone! Big predictions for 2020 follow! Drop what you are doing! Read this! I’m using exclamation points! Harbor Freight will have a sale this year, probably at least 20-percent off any one item. Whatever you do, don’t pay full price for anything. Donald Trump supporters will continue to support him. No matter what he does. No matter what he […]

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Going forward, things are going to be different without Joel

When Lindsey and I purchased the Kansas Publishing Ventures, which publishes the Free Press, over five years ago, we had no idea what we were in store for. Joel had approached us to buy him out after I asked his advice about our paper, The Clarion, and we felt like we would be fools to say no. Joel sold us […]

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Confessions on a people pleaser

As I have mentioned a time or two in my columns—and anyone who knows me or has interacted with me for more than five minutes has figured out—I am a people pleaser. Like it’s bad. It’s a serious issue. It dominates my thoughts. I’m constantly thinking about if people like me or not. And if I think they might not, […]

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Refocusing on the holidays

I really can’t believe the year is almost over. And I really can’t believe December is almost over. I have mixed feelings about it all being over. December has always been such a conflicted month for me. I love the magic of it all and the way everyone softens at least a little bit. But, as a mom and just […]

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Addressing the depression epidemic

by Aiden Moore Researchers have said that depression in the United States is on the rise, although I’m not entirely sure that it’s completely true. The teen generation is absolutely terrible about falling into trends, whether good or bad, that absorb these young adults. Many of these kids are experiencing sadness and calling it depression. Actual depression comes in many […]

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Starting to dial back the writing

Starting to dial back the writing

I am announcing a change this week about this column. Beginning in 2020, I am cutting back to a monthly Partly Nonsense, with the permission of Publisher, Joey Young. I am hoping he or one of the owners will write in this space in the weeks I am not. I would like to thank my loyal readers who have read […]

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