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Ding Dong the Yearbook is Dead

After 13 years teaching journalism I have come to expect a call from a reporter in the fall. One year the question was “Is Facebook replacing the high school yearbook?” Another it was “Is the economy causing orders for yearbooks to dwindle?” Basically the questions translate into ... Continue reading

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Old Chestnut Tree

Goodbye, old chestnut tree. In 1944 you were the world to me. You were all that I could see, in Amsterdam - in hiding. I watched you change seasonally, as I prayed and held my breath. You were my freedom and my hope. I lived an eternity ... Continue reading

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‘Cat Scratch Theatre’ proves both wild and tame

The Grim Reaper is shamed, graves are being filled back in, and everyone gets one question before they’re sent to heaven or hell. Such are some of the realities presented in EMU’s “Cat Scratch Theatre,” the purported 10-play (actually 11-play) series of shorts designed to entertain, excite, ... Continue reading

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A trip down memory lane

I recently found a goldmine stuffed into a purse in my closet. Six tapes containing performances and interviews of bands in the Lawrence music scene in 2004. At the time I was gathering this footage for a project of mine. But I didn't have a job, and ... Continue reading

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Murguia bucks family for Brownback; Jenkins proud to obstruct; Counties angered over tax break for pipeline

Here's a fun read from Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske on the decision by Alfred Murguia, whose family has deep, deep Democratic Party roots, to back Republican Sam Brownback for governor. http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/entries/kraske-you-just-wont-believe-whos-backing-sam-brownback/ U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was quoted in the Wichita Eagle at the Kansas Independent ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes for the Older Animals; “One, Two, Donate Your Due”

One, Two, Donate Your Due! By Ollie Owl One, two, Donate your due; Three, Four, They want more; Five, Six, More political tricks; Seven, Eight, They can't wait; Nine, Ten, Your taxes to spend; Continue reading

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Wherein I eat my words, and my chicken

Because I am a ridiculous control freak, I plan our meals for two weeks at a time, in advance. I'm not sayin' I always actually make each of those meals, on its designated night, but the process helps me to shop efficiently and avoid a bajillion mini-trips ... Continue reading

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Put a lid on it

I was riding home from work Saturday night/Sunday morning and rolled to a stop at the light at Sixth and Kentucky. A car had been tailing me for half a block or so somewhat oddly — I thought it would get in the left lane so it ... Continue reading

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Just Hanging Around and Checking Up on Climate Change

Saw this wonderful mantid at Prairie Park this afternoon. Just hanging out reminding me it's time to check up on climate change. First off in California we have a voter initiative called Proposition 23 which attempts to roll back California's ambitious goals in the area of reducing ... Continue reading

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90s to Start September?

After a brief cooldown during this upcoming week (Aug 23-27), when our high temperatures Tue-Thu will likely hold in the 80s, a return the 90s is expected by next weekend. These conditions, which will be several degrees above normal, should last into early September with less than ... Continue reading

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I feel the need to get cooking

The kids have gotten settled in school. I’m done with the supply shopping. It’s time to get back into our routine. And it seems like that routine is coming back with a vengeance . . . homework, hockey tryouts, fall ball. We have been running. I need ... Continue reading

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Who’s driving the bus?

Imagine that your household is a bus, and the family members (or, just you and your partner) are the passengers on the bus. But, instead of having each family member represented by just one passenger, each family member represents a number of passengers: the passengers are the ... Continue reading

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Menus and Stockpiling Go Hand in Hand

In the spirit of “Frugal Fest” I’m keeping my pledge to plan my menus and stick to a grocery list. This week [SuperJenn][1] is under redesign so I thought I’d post them here for the world to see. I’ve highlighted items that I had on hand and ... Continue reading

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Ah what is this plant doing in Kansas?

This is water hyancith. When first went to Georgia I admired this wonderful plant with pretty blue flowers. But it turned out to be water hyacinth the aquatic plant equivalent of Kudzu. Originally from South America the plant is such a pest it is actually illegal in ... Continue reading

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90s to Start September ?

After a brief cooldown next week (Aug 23-27), when our high temperatures will likely hold in the 80s, a return the 90s is expected by next weekend. These conditions, which will be several degrees above normal, should last into early September with less than usual chances for ... Continue reading

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Religions of Intolerance

Religions, sometimes, are intolerant. The consequences of intolerance is what should be of concern. Three of the following four religions assign afterlife consequences to non-believers. One of the four assigns consequences during this life. Judaism's deity is intolerant of the worship of other gods.“I am the Lord ... Continue reading

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Pick the right choice at QB for KU

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2010/apr/24/190939/ Thursday, 15 days before the first game of the 2010 season, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill tapped sophomore Kale Pick as his starting quarterback. The choice did not come without thought. Weeks of evaluation by Gill and his coaching staff — particularly offensive coordinator Chuck ... Continue reading

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Here’s a chance to win a Pachamama’s gift card — just for checking our work

I love to give stuff away. Books, shirts, coffee mugs and concert tickets. You name it, if we get it, I want to give it to you, our loyal users. Today, I'm announcing a new giveaway. I'm calling it the [lawrence.com Restaurant Database Check Up.][1] The prize ... Continue reading

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Brownback backed by troopers; Reform Party candidate faces charges; Huelskamp gets dueling endorsements

The Kansas State Troopers Association announced Friday its endorsement of Republican Sam Brownback for governor. Brownback faces Democrat Tom Holland in the election. "In our conversations with Senator Brownback it is clear that he understands the needs of the troopers out patrolling the highways of Kansas," said ... Continue reading

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Ride. Of. The. Year.

We were sitting around the breakfast table earlier this week, discussing the unseasonably cool forecast for the day, when my son chimed in. “Dad,” he asked. “Do you think we could ride bikes to school today?” I don’t believe I’ve ever heard a better question around my ... Continue reading