Category: Parts of Speech

Five reasons to pack up your stuff and move

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris I’m kidding about the five reasons in the headline. There aren’t that many. There’s one: because you have to. The specifics and the path that lead you to putting your entire life inside cardboard boxes and the back of […]

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Sometimes ‘OK-ist’ is the best

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” —Narendra Nath Datta I’m about to confess something that is part sad, part silly. I’m […]

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Drenched by a nostalgia trip

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. —Marty Bucella The timing couldn’t have been worse. As a Kansas native, I like to think I’m weather-savvy. But lately it seems that hot and dry begets hot and dry around here. I settled into the dry 100 degree days. Exactly how do torrential downpours sneak up […]

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Finding ways to ease the ache

“I can choose pieces of my life in which to puzzle together, even if I can’t design the shape of the pieces.” ~ Sarah Mae, likeawarmcupof­coffee.com The culprit, a head­ache. Defense 1, my bed with Midol Complete, multi-symptom. Defense 2, my push lawn mower with iPod, Maroon 5. I’m all for wonder drugs (FDA approved and in safe doses, kids). […]

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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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