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  • Flying the ‘friendly’ skies

    Recently, I was giving advice on standard operating procedures when traveling by airplane. The person in question had never flown and was asking a few ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Washington-style gridlock at statehouse

    It frustrates me that kids’ educations are, once again, being used as political bargaining chips. There is still no breakthrough to resolve the school ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • April Fools

    Being the high school class clown, graduating to prankster and practical jokester came natural. April Fools’ Day is a gimme.
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Schieffer’s retirement is loss to quality journalism

    Pragmatism and balanced analysis is an increasingly dying art in journalism, and is almost nonexistent in the 24-hour-per-day media cycle of cable’s i ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Everyone remembers their first trips to the drive-in

    I remember the muggy night as if were a week ago — even though it was in June of 1977. My parents dragged me and my toddler sister to the Ranch Drive- ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Let the games begin

    Do you ever feel like you’re running nonstop and you’re just entirely unable to catch your breath? Welcome to spring sports and three kids.
    April 13, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • A right to discriminate

    Bake me a cake, or go to jail!Sadly, that is the new message from “inclusive” America. If you don’t ...
    April 13, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Once a golfer, always a golfer

    “Ted, you don’t have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do,” said golfer Sam Smead, to friend and baseball player Ted Williams. 
    April 10, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • A love that goes beyond the land

    Early in the morning, he rises with knees creaking as he stands from his bed. He prepares for the long day ahead, donning his worn pair of coveralls a ...
    April 9, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Easter rabbit

    Growing up in the fifties, we didn’t have Easter-egg stampedes in City Park (in our day called “the town square.”) The Easter Rabbit made his personal ...
    April 9, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • I just don’t ‘get’ competitive eating

    I don’t think any of us really know how rich or poor our families are when we’re growing up. It’s not until we’re older and see how others live that w ...
    April 8, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Shopping with kids (and staying sane)

    Shopping with kids can be challenging when they are behaving and impossible when they are being difficult. I have taken my girls to shops, big box sto ...
    April 7, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Helping veterans access the benefits they’ve earned

    Our veterans deserve to know all the benefits and programs they qualify for. That’s why the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted this week help vet ...
    April 6, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • A good-hearted woman and a good timin’ man

    For a time my husband and I were considering “Good Hearted Woman” for our wedding song. While we are both fans of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, i ...
    April 6, 2015 - 3:08 pm
  • The thrill of throwing

    I hear my name called and the world around me goes silent.I am focused on my goal, and what I need t ...
    April 3, 2015 - 10:57 am
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