Category: Staff Soapbox

Let the world know the real you

Halloween will be over by the time everyone reads this column, and for some, it will be another year before dressing in a disguise. But some people never take a mask off. Fanny Brice, an actress in the early 1900s, was quoted as saying: “Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because […]

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Suicide shouldn’t taint a life

When I had my first job in a newsroom many years ago, the editor asked me if I wanted to write a column. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so I accepted. The next thing he asked me was what I wanted to name the column, and so I polled my children for ideas. After barely getting the […]

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The influence of a stepfather

What happens when a biological father leaves his children? The reasons vary, but for purposes of this column, let’s say it’s because the parents divorce. And in time, the mother remarries and the children now have a stepfather. It’s that relationship between a stepfather and his stepdaughter that’s the focus of this column. Amber Jeske is an occupational therapist assistant […]

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We still reward foolishness

Every so often it’s fun to relay the silly things that happen in the news. For example, every year the “Stella Awards” are published. For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after Stella Liebeck, 81, who spilled hot coffee on herself, then sued the McDonald’s restaurant in New Mexico where she bought the coffee. Liebeck apparently took the […]

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Patience: A hard-won virtue

If “patience” could be bottled and sold, “patience,” the sellers would be rich beyond their wildest dreams. Patience is a virtue, and if practiced on a regular basis, can protect us from being tempted toward anger, and in some situations, rage. All of us experience tension in our lives requiring us to practice a lot of tolerance and acceptance. The […]

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Age 65 in view for this Boomer

Baby boomers born in 1952 are next to join the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. And, for me, that magic age of 65 will happen in November. When I was younger, I thought time would always be on my side. Like the ant and the grasshopper, there was no reason for me to worry, because age 65 was so far out […]

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Moving on means living fully

In the fall 2005, husband Randy and I became empty-nesters. Our daughter, Tracy, was attending the Seattle Art Institute, son Tanner was attending a trade school in Denver and Joey was starting as a freshman at Benedictine College in Atchison. I’ve always been, and will always be, very proud of our children. As parents, we did the best we could […]

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Are we humans getting better?

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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When elephants live in a tree

A dear friend once compared my marriage as similar to two elephants living in a tree—it’s possible, she said, but could get very uncomfortable at times. My friend was “colorful” with the way she described situations, and after almost 24 years of marriage, there are times it does get a bit cramped in our little tree. I can’t speak for […]

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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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