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  • My little sponges

    Kids are always learning, their brains little sponges for knowledge and information. That is shown to me on a daily basis with my kiddos with the ques ...
    April 25, 2017 - 11:18 am
  • Column: Mow fever

    I have a love/hate relationship with my yard. On one hand, I love its size and looks. I think it’s ...
    April 24, 2017 - 10:33 am
  • Column: Get into STEM by simply looking up

    Editor’s note: this column originally published Nov. 6, 2014 It’s not easy to pick a pumpkin in the ...
    April 21, 2017 - 10:47 am
  • My morning drive

    Driving to work each morning I often find myself deep in thought — while still obeying all traffic laws. (That’s my disclaimer since I’m married to a ...
    April 21, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Column: Grandma’s red barn

    Many thoughts go through my head when I hear about any “old red barn.” A Google search brings up several poems, short stories and even a jaunty tune p ...
    April 20, 2017 - 10:39 am
  • Column: ‘You can free me all in the way that you smile’

    I spent many of my formative years in front of stereo speakers, watching records spin on a turntable. One of my favorite records — Neil Young’s “After ...
    April 19, 2017 - 10:49 am
  • Column: Say cheese

    Editor’s note: This column originally published March 8, 2016. For the first time that I can rememb ...
    April 18, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • Column: Cry me a river

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 7, 2015 I’m not a super outwardly emotional pe ...
    April 17, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • Column: Jovie is a morning person

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Dec. 15, 2016. One month ago, if someone would have ...
    April 14, 2017 - 10:22 am
  • Column: Rocking at the NCT

    In my eight years working at a newspaper, I have always had some sort of hand in getting the community theatre news in the paper. Whether it was filli ...
    April 13, 2017 - 10:37 am
  • Insert song suggestions here

    Finding the right playlist may seem like a fun, no-brainer task, but as of late, picking the right lyrics and melodies has seemed daunting and has led ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Column: Being mom

    I don’t think anyone can ever be “ready” to raise kids. No matter how many books your read, blogs you view or any other ways you prepare, each kiddo h ...
    April 11, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • Teen Beat, Doogie and bragging rights

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 25, 2016.When I was growing up, there was noth ...
    April 10, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Column: Has compromise been officially filibustered?

    The filibuster. This U.S. Senate rule-of-last-resort isn’t just theatrics, although it can be theatrical.
    April 7, 2017 - 11:13 am
  • My journey to a good night’s sleep

    I can’t remember the last time I went to bed and slept through the night. I’m an early riser, which means I am generally ready to call it a day by 8 p ...
    April 7, 2017 - 10:28 am