Category: Horizons

Our words reveal to others our character

Not many things have the power of life and death, the power to make a person feel as good as a member of the royal family or as bad as a ?cotton-headed ninny muggins,? as Buddy the Elf would say. But words do, and, sadly, we often use them so carelessly. Maybe since I?m a writer, I?ve always cared a […]

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Hard to get past writer?s block

Once again I?ve put off writing my column until the very last minute. Usually, I get really inspired the night before it?s due and somehow pull out a decent article. When I sat down with my laptop yesterday evening, I was expecting the same thing. It is now 7 a.m. on the morning this column is due and I?m still […]

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Feelings don?t define the season

This year, I have caught myself thinking or saying, ?It doesn?t feel like Christmastime,? a lot. But every time the thought crosses my mind, I begin to wonder what it even means. What is Christmastime supposed to feel like? It is easy to visualize what Christmas looks like: Christmas trees, twinkling lights and family gatherings. It smells like cinnamon apples […]

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Simple memories are now treasurers

It was a normal Saturday afternoon. My dad and uncles were at my grandparents? house, building a new deck. My mom and sister were at hair appointments and my grandma was at work. I had just driven home for the weekend and decided to go straight to my grandpa and grandma?s house. After sitting outside for a while to catch […]

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Strength of friends is uplifting

Throughout high school, when I would sit down to write my column, I would stare at the screen for a long time trying to come up with something ?exciting? in my life to write about. I always thought it would be much easier to write my columns in college, when I?d always have fun things to share. So after staring […]

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College begins with a lot of big changes

During this time of year, change is pretty common. Stu?dents from kindergarten to high school switch from summer to school routines, the air becomes cooler and leaves change colors. Change has also been the theme of my life in the last month. To get an idea of what I am talking about, here is a brief overview of the last […]

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Airports have always been uplifting

The moment I step through the doors of an airport, excitement and memories flood my mind. In late June, my parents and I took my sister and her youth group to Mid-Continent Airport for a flight to Phoenix, and every minute I spent wandering around the small airport and watching other passengers prepare for their journeys, I was reminded of […]

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Life?s direction has changed a lot over past year

As I parked my car in the parking lot by the women?s dorms at Tabor College last Monday, I realized just how much my life and my plans have changed since I did the exact same thing a year ago. Last year, I spent the whole week of junior camp looking forward to my trip to Indiana University at the […]

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Key ingredients for a great summer

For about nine months, students all around the country, including me, sit at school desks and wait for a break known as summer. For three short, sweet months, we trade in hours of school and homework for hours of swimming, fishing, camping and spending time with friends. After an extremely short and bittersweet senior year of high school for me […]

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Connecting

The Hillsboro Community Foundation continues to find ways to flesh out its mission to ?connect donors who care with causes that matter.? The latest example is the USD 410 Early Childhood Education Fund featured on Page 1. The goal of the fund is to generate additional revenue so the highly successful Parents as Teachers program can extend its services to […]

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