Category: Staff Soapbox

Buffett may be seeking Westar

There?s a new business deal in the works that?s going to affect every one of us if it happens. Especially that?s likely if you use electricity. It might happen whether you receive electricity for lighting, heating and switching directly from Westar Energy or from an electric cooperative itself under contract for power with Westar. In Mid-March, Westar announced it was […]

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Icebreakers can warm the chill

If you have ever attended a conference or in-service, there?s always an ?icebreaker? of sorts. It may be writing down a little-known fact about yourself, and others guessing to whom it applies. Or maybe it?s a short but concise personality test. One of my favorite ice-breakers was administered by Sue Evans at the Northwest Kan?sas Regional Prevention Cen?ter in Colby […]

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Are humans getting better?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems that as I enter my 70th 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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Relationships top goal in 2016

I was thinking about my New Year?s resolutions for 2016, and my thoughts kept turning toward love, gratitude and all the relationships in my life?with husband Randy at the top of the list. We both had some bumpy times in 2015, but are still together. For that, I am grateful. I look forward to being with Randy as we begin […]

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Chamber changes in the wind

For a lot of people, including me, the idea of change is uncomfortable. But when I learned the Marion Chamber of Com?merce will close at the end of the year, it gave me reason to pause. Since October 1944, the Chamber has been a fixture at Marion City Hall and Margo Yates has been a constant. Whenever I would go […]

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The mysteries of our ancestors

I wonder what ?the rest of the story? really is about Rosa Vascalda. Rosa was my great-great-grandmother who was an early settler in the Topeka area just like the man she married there, my great-great-grandfather, Charles Engler. She immigrated to the United States from Belgium I think in the early 1850s. When I see my cousin, Craig, who has become […]

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Search for clarity is ongoing

What?s the difference between a hotel and motel? Seems like a simple enough question, but it turned out not being as easy to define as I initially thought. When I asked Terry Jones, Marion?s economic development director, he said his under?standing was that hotels have doors on the inside and motels have doors on the outside. Merriam-Webster defines a hotel […]

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Change needed through time

Times change. Needs change. What we do. What we think we know. All of that is always changing. My great-great-grandfather farmed in Kansas while helping lay out and build some of the first section roads after the American Civil War. He was in another county. But during that same time frame, Marion County built about 1,600 miles of roads. These […]

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Visit renews bonds with family members

We spent a week in Champaign, Ill., recently and it was so great to see our daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law from Germany. We also spent time with my two brothers. The last face-to-face meeting we had with the German-side of the family was two years ago when we traveled to Berlin, Germany. So much has changed since then. Our granddaughter, […]

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Reliving my water-disaster fear

Remember when Frank?lin Delano Roosevelt told the American people living in the depth of the Great Depression, ?The only thing we have to fear is fear itself?? I should have taken that more to heart considering my fear of being in bodies of water. Instead, I have a fascination with water-related disasters. I didn?t even know how to swim until […]

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