Category: Through My Lens

The Chiefs are Super Bowl Champs

The Chiefs are Super Bowl Champs

  I’ve waited my whole life to say, THE CHIEFS ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS. Sunday night was one of the best sports moments of my life, added to a shortlist in my memory bank that also includes the 2015 Royals. What a privilege it’s been to have watched two of my favorite teams win world championships in a five-year span. […]

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Not ready for a life without baseball

Sometimes I wonder what I’d write about if there were no sports. Actually, just thinking about a world without sports makes me much more sad than the depressing thought that there are exactly 143 days until the return of Major League Baseball on March 26. Not that anyone’s counting. The World Series ended five days ago, and I’m already going […]

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It always takes time to develop roots

I “plant-sat” a miniature banana tree for a friend this fall. I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination, and the thought of caring for a large plant for an extended period of time was daunting. I prepared a sunny spot for the tree next to my kitchen window and watered it faithfully once a week. […]

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Celebrate the smaller things

Isn’t fall great? I’m enjoying that narrow window of time where it’s cool enough without air conditioning and warm enough without heat. There’s a crispness in the air, perfect for mid-afternoon jogging, and hot drinks are more appealing than ever on chilly mornings. (But let’s be honest. I certainly don’t wait for fall to drink coffee). Technically, autumn began Sept. […]

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It’s nice to come home

I stood at the top of the stairs at Eisenhower National Airport awaiting the arrival of two very dear people. It wasn’t enough to wait in the cell phone lot; I wanted to be there to greet them off the plane at my very first opportunity. As passengers filed past me and down the escalator to the baggage claim, I […]

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Writer marks a couple parks off the list

Writer marks a couple parks off the list

For those of you following my quest to watch a game at all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks, I’m happy to report that this summer I checked off two more stadiums. I bookended a trip to Washington, D.C. with a pair of baseball games, the first to watch the Royals face the Nationals in the final game before the all-star […]

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While no fish was caught, there was quite a journey

In my July 2018 column, I described my first halibut-fishing adventure, in which I thought I had caught the biggest fish in the ocean. (It turned out to be the bottom of the ocean). So, when I went to Alaska this summer, I hoped for a sequel—one that included more fish and less bottom-of-the-ocean. However, it wasn’t meant to be. […]

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Heavy May showers bring strange birds

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? It’s a hypothetical question, but if you ask me, they bring saturated fields, flooding and a calendar full of rescheduled sports events. The weather last month was really something. The Marion softball team missed its final six games of the regular season. I wasn’t certain the Class 2-1A state […]

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Allergies bring a simple gesture

I turned the calendar page from March to April and allergies hit me like a 90 mph fastball in a catcher’s glove. For those of you who, like me, suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the drill. The henbit pops up in the fields, a visually-appealing but deceptive purple carpet that’s prone to leave me sniffling and sneezing. Add in […]

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Water issues bring to light plight of world

Water sputtered out of my faucet on a Thursday morning in March. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but soon after, texts started lighting up my phone. Have you heard? Don’t drink the water today. Possible contamination. Check the city’s Facebook post. If you live in Hillsboro, you know what I’m talking about. As a result of […]

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