Category: Staff Soapbox

Aging prompts contemplation

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems that as I enter my 71st year of life, the more I contemplate that statement. It compels a person in the final decades of life to ponder such questions as, “Who is God that he is aware of us?” and, “Who are we that we are aware of […]

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Processing pain is my key goal

My New Year’s resolutions for 2016 started off by asking for God’s help in strengthening my relationships, whether it was with family, co-workers or friends. I looked at last year as a new chapter, but wanting more substance and purpose. Never would I have imagined that in less than three months into 2016 we would lose our son, Joey. At […]

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Trump brings hope for oil rise

Donald Trump is president-elect with promises of oil promoting ideas. OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, is cutting oil production. My relatives at Thanks­giving with oil insights were happy for the outlook, whether they liked Trump or not. One family from western Colorado said nearly 20 percent of their customers in a health-related industry had been oil-production workers. Their jobs were […]

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Family story builds a bond

In less than two weeks, our country will celebrate Veterans Day—a time to recognize those brave men and wo­men who have served in the armed forces. It is a day with special meaning for my family because my two uncles and my father served in World War II and later in Korea. I also take pride in how my father […]

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Presidents through the years

I turn 70 in November. I wondered if I would reach God’s allow­ance of three-score and 10, and here I’m just about there. I’m also retiring from everything except continuing this editorial column, according to whenever the Free Press allows it. It’s a very unique time of life in an era that is different than any other I have lived […]

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Reconnecting mind and body

About six months ago, an unspeakable tragedy occurred that has left a huge void in my heart. But during some of the darkest times following the death of our son, Joey, we had so many friends helping us then and now. One of those friends, who also is an occupational therapist, volunteered her time to work with my husband, Randy, […]

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Who would the Saudis favor?

What do you do before the realities of this world? In considering real American wealth and the dollars in our pocket, you have to wonder who the Saudis would elect for our president if they could vote. The new Saudi Arabian oil minister, Khalid Al-Falih, announced the end of June that his country’s glut on oil production begun in 2014 […]

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A parent never parents alone

Our newest grandchild, Henry, arrived May 7, weighing more than 8 pounds and measuring 21 inches in length. It was a happy day. While Randy and I are thrilled to have a beautiful new grandbaby, we also continue to grieve the loss of our 29-year-old son, Joey. There are no words I can find to describe the emotional pain of […]

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Memories of a Cajun friend

Alan was a Cajun, a whole different kind of human. I was waiting outside the new animal science building at Kansas State University in the fall of 1964 for the freshman class, “Ag In Our Society,” taught by Duane Acker, who was later to be president of K-State, when this voice behind me asked “Are you ready for the quiz […]

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Spring is new favorite season

For most of my life, fall was my favorite time of the year. But in light of recent events, I have changed my mind. My new favorite season is spring. So much happens during the spring, and while I’m not fond of the hot, humid Kan­sas summers that follow spring, it’s still my new favorite. Spring promises new life and […]

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