Category: Opinion

Its difficult to focus on distractions

Every day, I face distractions that try to keep me from what I want to accomplish. Can you relate to that?

Imagine rushing through morning chores to make an important meeting in another city, and receiving an unexpected phone call informing you that the shipment you ordered will be arriving within the hour and must be unloaded immediately. I would classify that as a major distraction.

According to the meaning provided by Wikipedia, a distraction is ?the diversion of attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction.

?Distraction is caused by one of the following: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; greater interest in something other than the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.

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Chief gripe: Too much for too little

?Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.? ?Erma Bombeck

Four short years ago it took divine intervention to find a Chiefs ticket. I had to set KC Wolf dolls on my monitor, hum the Tomahawk Chop theme three times a day, brush up on typing tests to keep my words per minute above 80 and neurotically test my Internet connection to make sure I could get on the Kansas City Chiefs Web site at the exact minute ticket sales opened, then type fast enough to come away with two (three if the NFL gods saw fit) tickets for the worst game on their schedule.

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Pork N Beings (Nov. 26, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Nov. 26, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Nov. 26, 2008)

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5 years ago (Week of Nov. 26, 2008)

n JoAnn Knak, Hillsboro, is planning to retire after 22 years as director of Marion County Emergency Medical Services. He last day will be Dec. 19. She plans to continue to take calls for the Hillsboro EMS crew after she steps down, teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, give talks to community and civic groups, work as assistant coroner with the county deputy coroner and work for the state as an examiner for emergency-care candidates.

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Gratitude is a choice

With so many uncertainties facing this country as 2008 nears an end, Thanks?giving Day is an even more important holiday than usual. In a time when we can fret how bad things may get, we need a day to remind ourselves how good we actually have it. Gratitude has always been an attitude of choice. Each of us has reasons […]

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Letters (Week of Nov. 2008)

Senior center needs financial assistance   I would like to thank the people of Hillsboro for supporting the senior center?s soup-and-pie supper on Saturday, Nov. 8. There were so many people that they ran out of pie. I don?t think that has happened before. I worked for the Hillsboro Senior Center for 15 years and am still helping when needed. […]

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Customer service is in decline

Customer service seems to be a thing of the past in a lot of places these days, although pockets of it still exist.

Last week Thursday and Friday I was out of town for 30 hours on a quick trip to Du?buque, Iowa, to deliver a load of paperback books that I, had I not had good customer service, wouldn?t have been able to deliver on time. I needed really good customer service from one printer because of bad customer service from another.

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It was a chain reaction, of sorts. But the bad service was compounded by bad service from a delivery company that triggered the bad service from one of the printers.

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Because of my trip, I wasn?t able to attend the opening night at the new Wendy?s in Hillsboro. In honor of the event I stopped at a Wendy?s in Des Moines to make up for it.

On Saturday, when I was back in town, we went to our Wendy?s.

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Be thankful even on terrible days

About a month ago, Oct. 22 to be exact, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Just like Alexander in Judith Viorst?s children?s book, ?Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,? nothing worked in my favor. And while I didn?t wake up with gum in my hair and no one forced me to buy ugly shoes, I did contemplate moving to Australia.

The day ended with me fighting tears and a monstrous headache. To try to unwind, I opened my new copy of Real Simple magazine and came across an article about thankfulness.

Although not a new concept, the article suggested making a daily gratitude list. Even though I didn?t expect to have much of a list at the end of my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, I decided to try.

And much to my surprise, I listed 11 items, even on my worst day.

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Guard dogs come in unsual styles

I should have become more concerned when the ball python went missing.

The joys of campus living are the perpetual campus pranks that students are more actively involved in than school work.

I am referring to the incident several weeks ago when some students at Tabor College apparently decided to adopt a pet snake from the science department.

The snake, to my knowledge, has been returned. However, this doesn?t mean that petty campus crime hasn?t ceased.

Some students?and this is a 100 percent true rumor I heard?have made it a contest to see who can steal the most bikes.

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Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 19, 2008)
Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 19, 2008)

Pork N Beings (Week of Nov. 19, 2008)

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