Category: Opinion

Tips to avoid holiday food emergencies

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season. “This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward […]

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Think to thank

It’s so easy in our culture to slip into the “poor me” mode. Life seems tougher on the side of the fence we happen to occupy. You know how it goes. We work too hard. We pay too much. We can’t afford one. We don’t have enough time. We can’t keep up. We can’t catch a break. We’re misunderstood. We’re […]

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Memories of John Knaak Sr.

My generation is definitely in transition, some are becoming ill and some are dying. In the past two weeks, two of my generation who lived most of their adult lives in Hillsboro have died: John Knaak, 79, and Johnnie Liles, 75. • John Sr. and wife Wendy came back to Hillsboro, where John managed the Ben Franklin store following in […]

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Getting good at giving thanks

“Gratitude is good medicine.” —Robert A. Emmons A glass vase nearly full of small strips of paper sits on our piano. The pieces, holding this year’s memories, are folded up into small squares. We started this tradition a couple of years ago. It begins at 12 a.m. January 1 and ends at 11:59:59 on Dec. 31. In between those bookends, […]

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Give thanks for our wholesome food

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau It’s holiday time with Thanksgiving this Thursday and Christmas and New Year’s Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food—ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie. What better time than during this festive period to give thanks for the most wholesome […]

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Give thanks, make a difference

Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us once again. The anticipation and joy that comes with the fall season is motivation enough to get into the mood. The aroma of pumpkin pies baking in the oven, of turkey and stuffing, along with sweet potatoes and all the fixings—it is a delightful adventure for the senses. The autumn air, the crisp crunching of […]

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‘Cran’ your face with this holiday bread

I think I was only vaguely aware of what a cranberry was when I was a kid. Craisins were introduced when I was about 10, so I was firmly entrenched in loving just raisins by then, and while I think I’d tried the cranberry sauce that comes in a can and is sliced up for Thanksgiving dinner, I’m not sure […]

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Season opener

When the 24th annual Marion County Toy Run rumbled from Marion to Hills­boro on Saturday, Nov. 4, we unofficially kicked off the season of thankfulness and sharing. The effort of participants to gather and deliver toys for children from deserving families should remind those of us who live comfortably to be thankful for the privilege. Ultimately, it also should prompt […]

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Eaters exceeded voters

If the numbers I heard were correct, I find it interesting that more people ate turkey dinner than voted at the Methodist church last week. Had Hillsboro not had a contested election I fear the turnout would have been much lower. It wasn’t the weather, so what does it take to get the other half of registered voters out to […]

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What if you don’t feel thankful?

“Hey Google! Do you burp?” Before I could register the question, a loud, obtrusive sound pierced our kitchen. And that, followed by fits of giggles from my youngsters. Normally I am turned off by rude noises, but in that moment, I turned from the counter where I was preparing supper and laughed. Not an appeasing little chortle, but a real, […]

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