Category: Parts of Speech

Summer memories resurfacing

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” —Sarah Dessen, “Along for the Ride” Summer! Well, almost. The school year has ended, but when the first day of summer break is cold and rainy, it’s […]

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Smart advice: Stop, don’t think

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert the other night, which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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Camaraderie a gift for families

Author’s note: Eleven years ago, editor Don Ratzlaff accepted me into what he called the Free Press’s “stable of monthly columnists.” My first column was about Mother’s Day and family and holidays and kids and Cadbury Eggs, all the things I feel most lucky to have in my world. I also know how lucky I am to freely write about […]

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How much ?bad? do we share?

?Don?t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. The trouble, it might drag you down. If you get lost, you can always be found.? ?Home by Phillip Phillips I am not an athlete for a couple reasons. One, no talent. Two, no competitiveness. Having said that, and in spite of those facts, a few friends and […]

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Knowing what not to say

?Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.? ?Benjamin Franklin My daughters and I read somewhere the idea of looking at a bookshelf, selecting a random book title and adding ?with a chainsaw? to the end. The more we tried, the […]

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?Genius? is showing up daily

?It stands, above all, as a supreme testament to the fact that the sole substance of genius is the daily act of showing up.? ?John Steinbeck, ?Working Days: The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath? Way back when, I was working as assistant manager in the advertising services department of the Salina Journal. We had a likable if not flaky […]

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Introverts gaining more notice

?Our (summer camp) counselor gathered us all together and she taught us a cheer that we would be doing every day to instill camp spirit?R-O-W-D-I-E, that?s the way we spell rowdie, rowdie, let?s get rowdie. I couldn?t figure out for the life of me why we were supposed to be so rowdie. Or why we had to spell this word […]

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An ode to paper and ink

We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.? ?John Wolfgang von Goethe The call came several years ago, on a pre?dawn Monday morning in April. I don?t remember exactly what my sister […]

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Gung-ho easier said than run

?These motivational tapes have really inspired me! I?m going to make a million dollars, buy my own company and retire early. Then, I?m going to write a novel and a symphony and give all the profits to charity. Then next month, I?ll figure out how to do it.? ?Randy Glassbergen, cartoonist & illustrator You know how gung-ho feels? That stimulating […]

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Learn from ?important? tools

?There?s nothing you can do that can?t be done. Nothing you can sing that can?t be sung?. There?s nothing you can know that isn?t known. Nothing you can see that isn?t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn?t where you?re meant to be?. All you need is love?love is all you need.? ?The Beatles Holidays are spaced out deliberately, I […]

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