Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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A time to get your shoes wet

Word problems were never high on my list of favorites when I was in school. Give me a book or give me math, but don?t put them together. For some reason, my poor brain couldn?t compute those problems without re-reading the question multiple times. Maybe I just needed a picture. After all, about 65 percent of the population are visual […]

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Pastor?s story is one to share

I didn?t enter the world of journalism until the fall of my sophomore year in college. My high school had a journalism program, but I was always involved in choir, so I never thought about taking it. I entered college with the plan to be a business major. Why? I?m not really sure, except it just seemed logical. Most jobs […]

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Moms can get first-day jitters, too

It?s amazing the difference a year makes. Last August I was miserably awaiting the birth of our third child. With temperatures averaging 110 degrees, I could do little more than drag myself out of bed each morning. Add to that aching muscles and constant Braxton Hicks contractions, I was more than ready. The days and weeks didn?t pass nearly fast […]

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Surprise inspiration: Collegial kids

This week I heard a self-proclaimed ?struggling freelance writer? talk about his need for a Muse to get his creative juices flowing. While I?m not into mythology and the guy didn?t strike me as reliable, he did have a point. Writers are generally inspired by something. For me, I have three subjects that tend to produce volumes of inspiration. Despite […]

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Mother focuses on encouraging ?em

There are many times when I know the Mother of the Year award is right within my grasp. There was the time when a well-known hobby store called out a Code 1 when my middle child seized an opportunity to flee the checkout lane while I maneuvered my cart and items to the counter. There was the time during last […]

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