Category: Staff Soapbox

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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Moms aren?t in it for money

Mother?s Day is Sunday, and for more than a decade salary.com has computed in dollars and cents what our moms are worth if they received a paycheck for all they do. Obviously, mothers (and fathers) are priceless, but when I saw this study, I thought it was a clever way to give her an ?attagirl? for a lot of the […]

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Entitlement has a long history

Zebulon Montgom?ery Pike reputedly passed through this part of the country about a mile and a half east of where I live near 260th and Nighthawk in 1806 on his way to the discovery of Pike?s Peak. I wasn?t here yet to see him go by. He?d already passed just west of Marion along the Cottonwood, and was on a […]

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Old devices die with new tech

When I read that 87 percent of all the scientists who ever lived are alive at this moment, I was surprised. But, when I thought about it, I shouldn?t have been, because with technology multiplying exponentially, it?s only a natural phenomena. A friend of mine told me something I never forgot regarding change: with every ?yes? there is a corresponding […]

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