Category: Through My Lens

April showers a mixed blessing

Rain. I like rain. Rain makes me want to escape to a coffee shop with a soothing ambience and even better steaming mug of happiness. Rain is wonderful for the fields and especially for those parched areas of the state that have been battling fires. When it rains in the spring, however, it wreaks havoc with my sports reporter’s schedule. […]

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So, what’s your walk-up song?

Sunshine and baseball are a cathartic combination for me. So when the Tabor College team’s home-opener fell on a 70-degree sunshine-filled Saturday, there was no place I’d rather be. I arrived in time for the first pitch, camping chair and sunflower seeds tucked under my arm and camera draped over one shoulder. I set my chair behind home plate, slightly […]

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Pain can make us stronger

What do you write when you have no words? When you’re surrounded by pain and suffering and loss and it becomes an overwhelming burden, heavy with grief and tears? What do you write when someone you know loses a spouse far too young? When a pitcher on your favorite baseball team dies in a car crash? When you get texts […]

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Football finish less than fantasy

It was the ultimate choke. Going into the game, I didn’t think my team had a chance. We were slated to lose by a wide margin, so I figured I had nothing to lose and pulled out all the stops. As the game went on, I realized victory would have been mine had I not made those last-minute adjustments. The […]

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First race a huge achievement

First race a huge achievement

I set my eyes on the finish line. In that moment, all that mattered was crossing it. I am a runner. I never thought I’d say those words, but it’s true because last month I ran my very first 5-kilometer race. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure what possessed me to pay money to put my body through what I […]

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Getting older, getting better?

Getting older, getting better?

Reliving the past: Tabor alum Nikki Lewis heads up court guarded by Mollie Hawkins during the recent alumni game. I’ve been thinking about age a lot lately. It’s my birthday week, and I’m not getting any younger. It’s interesting, or depressing maybe, to note how students at the schools I cover are looking younger and younger. It’s crazy, really. I […]

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It’s never over until it ends

Last Saturday, the Tabor College football team pulled off one of the more entertaining comeback victories I’ve had the opportunity to cover. The Bluejays trailed by as many as 22 points late in the second quarter and found themselves down, 28-9, at halftime. Tabor came out of the locker room after intermission on a mission. The Blue­jay defense shutout visiting […]

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Bugged about KC’s comeback?

Have you heard the hype that’s overtaken the Royals clubhouse? I’ll give you a hint: It involves a praying mantis. The Royals suffered through a 7-19 July—I was lucky enough to visit The K to witness one of those wins—but then Kansas City began to turn its season around about the same time a praying mantis appeared in the dugout. […]

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Tone makes all the difference

Sometimes life lessons show up in the most interesting places. Each summer for the past five years, a group of friends and I have attended a Kansas City Royals game together. It’s become a tradition, and last week we went to our annual game at Kauffman Stadium. I won’t get into the specifics of the game. Suffice it to say, […]

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One more off the bucket list

One more off the bucket list

What’s on your bucket list? I’ve recently added an item to mine: watching a game at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. I’ve been a Kansas City Royals fan for awhile now—long before they won the World Series—but recently, I’ve grown to enjoy the game even more. Documenting the Tabor baseball team’s successes over the last few seasons has increased […]

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