Category: Horizons

Summer knee rehab a mix of misery and mirth

As many of you probably know, I spent the summer rehabbing my knee in Hutchinson at Pinnacle Sports Medicine. Being crippled all summer was generally awful, but the incredibly professional, humorous and kind workers at the clinic made the situation as positive as it could have been. I actually wrote this column in text-message form a few weeks ago. I […]

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Change in plans was part of a bigger plan

You know those crazies who run their mouths about there being ?a reason for everything?? Well, I hope you don?t think they?re too insane, because I?m one of them. After a summer full of tons of laughs, lots of TV, one very gimpy knee, and some lessons that have been hard to swallow, I can see exactly why I was […]

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Push for non-stop activity started early in life

Slowing down? Taking it easy? Relaxing? Yeah, these aren?t things Abi Humber usually chooses to do. Ever since she was a wee child, she?s wanted to be out and about, observing the world and everything in it. I?m going to stop writing in third person because it?s a lot more than my exhausted, sleep-deprived brain wants to handle right now. […]

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A natural at ?Olympic-level? gabbing

In case you haven?t noticed, I have the gift of gab. That might even be an understatement. My dad recently told me I possessed ?Olympic-level? verbal communication abilities while others tended to be at the ?Hershey?s Track Meet level.? My parents first noticed, when I was about 2 years old, that I was ?spirited.? They couldn?t reply to my toddler […]

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Desire boils within us to excel at something

The other day at lunch, I was talking with my mama about this column. We acknowledged that I haven?t written anything particularly light or humorous lately, and I sort of don?t like that. As we talked, though, I realized this is where I am in my life. I?m walking (well, limping) through a valley. I am trying to stay positive, […]

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How unpredictable and ridiculous can life be?

So let?s talk about how unpredictable and ridiculous this thing called ?life? can be. Not five hours after submitting my last column (which left me pretty drained, emotionally), I blew out my knee at my intramural volleyball game. Now I?m home of the summer and just had surgery. One thing after another. Awesome, I know. I was excited, too. For […]

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Sexual assault no longer someone else’s issue

?Rape has decreased by 60 percent since 1993,? but that doesn?t mean it?s not still happening all too often. ?One out of every six American women will become the victim of rape in her lifetime.? ?One in four college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.? ?Every two minutes of every day, someone is sexually assaulted in the […]

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Freedom comes from being yourself

I think that today, I want to write about what it?s like to live in the freedom of who you are. A little heavy, I know. Maybe it seems like I?m writing about a lot of serious stuff lately, and I?m sorry if that bores you as readers (it?s still weird to think that I have ?readers?). But I feel […]

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Where on earth is ?home? anyway?

Home. Clearly, this word means different things to different people. It means something different to me now than it did even two weeks ago, and that definition is far different than when I ?left home? last August. What defines ?home?? Is home where you grew up, or where you feel most comfortable? Is it where you live right now, or […]

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Chicago friends learning to like this small town

It?s 3:50 p.m. My friends and I just woke up. I love spring break! Two of my friends from school, Elle and Kate, came home with me for break. Lots of our friends are going to Florida and California, and we were super jealous about that until we realized that Kansas weather is quite tropical?. In comparison to Chicago?s. The […]

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