Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Use soap in sticky situations

I returned from the grocery store only to hear wails coming from the girls? upstairs bedroom. My quick assessment assumed a fight was under way, so before heading into the battle zone, I took my bags to the kitchen. That was when I caught a glimpse of Dad, outside with two children. Wait. What? Who was fighting upstairs then? I […]

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Seeking ?balance? on vacation

Vacation is extremely telling about the family involved. You have the great moments, of course. The moments when the kids are in the back of the van, giggling up a storm because they are so excited. The moments when your family all slows down at the same moment to take in a particularly spectacular view. The moments of victory as […]

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In my book, Franz is a champ
In my book, Franz is a champ

In my book, Franz is a champ

Franz The past weekend was the culmination for many high school athletic teams as they participated in one state championship performance or another. The Hillsboro High School track and field team was no different, as it descended on the campus of Wichita State University to compete for various titles in Cessna Stadium. I?ve always held the state track meet in […]

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Failures can turn into blessings

?Don?t be so hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes…. Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking that you should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, […]

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It?s OK to relive your past

There tends to be two kinds of quotes about the past: those that tell you to forget it, and those that tell you to learn from it. The saying, ?When the past calls, don?t answer. It has nothing new to say,? can be found all over social media. The implication of the quote is pretty clear. Forget the past. All […]

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With age comes new lessons

This week I wrap up the first year of my thirties. Turn?ing 30 was never something I dreaded, nor something I looked forward to. It just was. And 31 will be the same. I?d like to think that since arriving in 1983, I?ve learned a thing or two. That I?ve grown up and wizened up. And that I?ll continue on […]

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First school just a memory now

It?s been a headline in recent weeks:?A central Kansas community will lose its last remaining school at the end of May. Anytime a school closes, it?s a sad reality, but in this case, it?s also personal. I attended Marquette Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade?1988 to 1997?before attending Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg. I could share many memories […]

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Kid dream unlike adult reality

In Salina, right next door to Braum?s, is a hotel. As a kid, every time my family would go through the drive-through to get ice cream on the way home from a day of errands, I would dreamily stare at the indoor pool through a fog-laden window. I was always jealous of the hotel?s patrons, that they could go swimming […]

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Unconventional letter delivery

Christmas comes every year, so why does it always seem to sneak up on me? Every year after Christmas, I come up with my good intentions for the next year?and at the top of that list is send out a bona fide Christmas card. Our family is so blessed each year in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we […]

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Walls can protect or confine

As Jesus was leaving the temple that day, one of his disciples said, ?Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.? Jesus replied, ?Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!? (Mark 13: 1-2) Let?s talk about walls. Life is […]

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