Category: Through My Lens

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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Our minds need cleaning, too

Our minds need cleaning, too

JanaeColumnCleaning0233 If I’m being honest, during certain times of the sports season, my apartment and its upkeep are somewhat neglected as I enter survival mode to make it through the daily grind that is a sports editor’s schedule. I find myself washing dishes when I’m down to my last bowl and substituting quick wipe-downs for thorough cleaning. But last week, […]

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Win in life one pitch at a time

Win in life one pitch at a time

Winthispitch4175 By this point in the spring sports season, I’ve covered nearly 70 Tabor College and Marion High School baseball games. There’s something fun about bringing my lawn chair, sunflower seeds and camera to the ballpark to cover a doubleheader. I enjoy hearing the crack of the ball on the bat, each player’s walkup song and the chatter from the […]

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Heat can harden or soften us

Heat can harden or soften us

Coloring Easter eggs has been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. This was the first Easter in as long as I can remember that I did not color Easter eggs with family and friends. The tradition runs so deep that two years ago when I was unable to make the trip home, I joined […]

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MaMa did pies, and life, right

MaMa did pies, and life, right

MaMa left behind a tradition of excellence in the kitchen. My grandma (my mom?s mother) made the best pies. Visits to my grandparents? farm were never complete without a homemade fruit-filled pastry waiting to delight my taste buds, an exclamation point to punctuate a delicious home-cooked meal. MaMa, as we knew her, knew how to do pies right, from the […]

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It?s Super Bowl weekend!

It?s Super Bowl weekend!

If the Chiefs can?t be in the Super Bowl, Carolina will get my cheers come Sunday. The Carolina Pan?thers will face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 this weekend and, as a football fan, I?m pretty excited. Not only is the Super Bowl a chance to watch some great football, it?s an excuse to gather with friends around good […]

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Where will your road lead?

Where will your road lead?

Janae Rempel / Free Press<p>Here in Kansas, most of the roads I?ve driven are relatively flat, broken up occasionally by gently rolling hills. I?ve logged countless miles on the road in my three years as sports editor at the Free Press. Traveling to ball games, I spend a lot of time in the car, the road stretching endlessly in front […]

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Celebrating Royals…from afar

Celebrating Royals…from afar

Our non-view at the moment of the Royals? confetti drop. ?This is crazy, but?how interested might you be in going to Kansas City for the Royals? World Series parade?? My friend awaited my response as I attempted to process an unexpected Monday night phone call. The Royals had just won the World Series the Sunday before with a 7-2 Game […]

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Our mistakes do not define us

Our mistakes do not define us

Pancakes may very well be the first thing I learned how to make. Growing up, my family many times made breakfast for supper on Sunday nights, and as a child, I remember assisting my mother at the stove making pancakes. She always made fun shapes with the pancake batter, sometimes even spelling each letter of my name. So, last month, […]

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