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For the past month I have been engaging with my eye doctor. I've had two cataracts removed which isn't a serious thing in itself. But what goes into this surgery is what baffles me.

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I often joke about the fact that I love to judge people just like on American Idol. Except I am not qualified to judge musicians — my forte is public speaking. I love judging 4-H model meetings, FFA discussion meets and any other speaking contests. I enjoy sharing my life-tested knowledge in…

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Spring weather would call any child to go outside and play. Remember? We played outside without adult supervision; we played until it got dark ... until the stars and the moon shone above us, throwing off light, and then we split and scampered to our homes. There was a sense of freedom when …

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Last week, I visited parts of our southern border in McAllen and El Paso, Texas. The best word to describe what I saw is horrifying – massively overcrowded processing centers, young children exploited by drug cartels and traffickers, and the U.S. Border Patrol doing their best to hold it all…

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I met with Patty Boldridge Wednesday afternoon to snap a real quick picture and talk about Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

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The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a journalist was report the plane crash on Sunday, July 16, that claimed the life of Atchison resident Bethany Root.

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If you told eighth-grade Zach that he’d be signed up to run a half marathon in 2017, he’d laugh right in your face. And yet, here he is, however many years later, earnestly preparing for a 13.1-mile race.

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I’ve lived the last year of my life convinced that I was maliciously lied to by a stranger who I met on a trail in the river bluffs last New Year’s Day. Some of you might remember that story: It was almost dark on New Year’s Day 2016 when I convinced myself I was lost on some rogue trail in …

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Except for the snow and low position of the mercury, I seem to be rebounding from my recent broken arm and split head. Unless you count my run-in with the washer last weekend.

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If you’re a reader of this column, you know it hasn’t been printed for several weeks. I’m sorry about that. Reason is, I took a short trip.

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Life as we know it has basically changed. I have begun keeping my door locked, fearful of allowing anyone in unless I can ID them through the peephole. Then only if I know them, and even if they are wearing a mask, like the Schwan’s man, even with a mask, I can recognize my family.

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When does parenting get easier? Just when I exhale and stop worrying about one child, another one is waiting in the wings to surprise me with something.

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Depending on whom you talk to in my family, any one of them would say I like our house in order at all times. I can get a bit obsessed with this. I don’t like clutter, which I define as anything left out that is currently not being used.

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There are several remote controls in our house. We even have the kind that is supposed to be “universal,” so essentially we would only need one. That isn’t the case. They all seem to only have one function no matter how we program them.

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I had to psych myself up to get back in the car this summer for another road trip. It goes without saying that children in a car for any extended period of time results in crankiness, hunger and boredom. Ever since the size of my family grew, we began to drive everywhere. After we had our fi…

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Gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and conversation with my family is one my favorite things we do together. With children ranging in age from 8 years old to 20 years old, the range of topics is wide and sometimes changes quickly.

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Eighty years ago, Amelia Earhart came to town, and to many area people it was a very big deal. I will even venture to say some residents might even remember the day they saw Amelia Earhart in person.

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Except for the snow and low position of the mercury, I seem to be rebounding from my recent broken arm and split head. Unless you count my run-in with the washer last weekend.

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If you’re a reader of this column, you know it hasn’t been printed for several weeks. I’m sorry about that. Reason is, I took a short trip.

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Life as we know it has basically changed. I have begun keeping my door locked, fearful of allowing anyone in unless I can ID them through the peephole. Then only if I know them, and even if they are wearing a mask, like the Schwan’s man, even with a mask, I can recognize my family.