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Small Steps, Part 4: Houston

Previous: Small Steps, Part 3: Surprise, Surprise Next: Part 5: Johnson Space Center Everything I’m relating here is true. It all happened 13 years ago so my memory on many things is not very clear. Some recollections are sketchy, but some I’ll never forget. Also, you should ... Continue reading

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Could Allen Fieldhouse host an NCAA Tournament play-in game?

I came across something interesting when reading the latest blog post from ESPN's Andy Katz. As we know, the NCAA Tournament will transition from 65 to 68 teams next year, meaning there will be four opening-round games instead of one. Here is the paragraph from Katz' article ... Continue reading

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To Screen Or Not - Recent Developments On Sunscreen

I'm a screener - a person of fair skin who applies sunscreen each morning regardless of the season, a person who burns within a matter of minutes in direct sunlight. I burn so easily, that two people handed me a tube of sunscreen with an SPF of ... Continue reading

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Warmth to Continue

Temperatures the last few days have been well-above average for this time of year. The quick transition late last week from rainy 60s to the humid upper 80s made the arrival of this warm spell quite startling. For those who like summer weather, the good news is ... Continue reading

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Speak Low, BP/Obama

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/May/25/oilspillpost.jpg For the second time in 2 weeks, New York Times editors highlighted my comment on a Times article for its "most interesting and thoughful" view; this time on the May 24, 9:18am (EDT) blog post, "Something Rotten At Interior," by Nobel Prize winner and Times columnist ... Continue reading

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Summer!

Today was the last day of school, and you know what that means? It's summer! I've been waiting for it ever since school got difficult this year. I have a big summer ahead of me, so you know what that means? Since I asked the question, you ... Continue reading

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Cosmic 140 graphs Twitter’s most influential users

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/May/24/Screen_shot_2010-05-24_at_3.13.08_PM.png That's not a star map. It's a chart published by Information Architects displaying Twitter's 140 most influential users. Called the Cosmic 140, it uses some kind of data special sauce to determine who the most influential people are on the network of millions. Download your own ... Continue reading

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Festy Fest

I was just wondering if any of you readers spent the weekend or part of it enjoying the tunes and camping at the Festy Fest this weekend. I had a good time. Lot's of good music, nice site, safe and rockin. I hope to return in coming ... Continue reading

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Battling Leukemia & Lymphoma

I've known Hannah for a long time, ever since she was the AmeriCorps member at the Douglas County Dental Clinic. This is a woman that truly has a heart of gold and she wants to take part in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco as a ... Continue reading

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May 20-23, 2010: Goodbye rain, hello humidity

May 20, 2010 turned into another wet, gloomy day with even more rain sliding through the area. The pictures below show rain drops hanging off a rose and leaf at Gage Park. Overall, we did see less rain on the 20th. Here are a few rainfall totals ... Continue reading

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LHS Graduation - “Parents of Calvin, Please Be Sitted”

Where to start, that is the question. I guess with this. Congratulations Class of 2010; we are proud of you! Lawrence High School (LHS) held its first graduation ceremony in its new multibillion dollar athletic stadium. The ceremony was spectacular. There is room for improvement though; LHS ... Continue reading

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The ‘dilla diva

Everyone who is a regular at Free State Brewing Company has his or her go-to item from the menu. The item that is the stand-by, the fall-back plan, the favorite thing that never gets old. For Mr. Meat and Potatoes, that is the Smoked Turkey Sandwich. For ... Continue reading

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Nice rack

Generally speaking, bike racks are boring. Usually they’re little more than simple loops of metal sticking out of concrete. Some are a series of parallel bars. Some are rectangular bars of metal sticking out of concrete. Yawn. I was encouraged to read several cities are trying to ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes Memorial Day Salute to the; “Ghost of the Forgotten”

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service of (their) COUNTRY. To many, it is just another national ... Continue reading

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Where you going with this relationship?

I know a couple who went together in college over ten years ago. Now one is married with two kids and the other is in a relationship with two kids. They recently touched base uhm over a year ago on facebook. Needless to say they have been ... Continue reading

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USD 497 Elementary School Task Force

The Lawrence Public Schools USD 497 Superintendent has appointed 19 members to the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force as reported in this Lawrence Journal World. Here is the official press release. __________________________________ Where The Members Live or Work This map plots the addresses of the ... Continue reading

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Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…Light at the End of the Tunnel

In 1977, when I got my first diagnosis (reactive schizophrenia), the mental health field had emerged from the demonic possession model and from the bad old days of shock therapy and lobotomies, but the idea of recovery from mental illness was still not very well established. I ... Continue reading

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Coupon for Girls’ Night Out

I’m making plans with my friend, Karen, to go see the Sex and the City 2 movie when it comes out later this month. Both of us are huge fans of the series but were disappointed in the first motion picture that came out in 2008. Karen ... Continue reading

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Steals and Deals

CVS Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash $4/ea get $4 ECB (Limit 2) Buy 2 Gillette Body Wash @ $4/ea =8 Use BOGO or $4/2 from 5-2 PG = 2/$4 Receive $8 ECB Total is a $4 overage after coupons and ECB Walgreens Colgate Toothpaste $2.99 earn ... Continue reading

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Gee, thanks Barack!

I have to be careful here because I'm pretty angry. As a small business owner I was trepitdatious over the last presidential election. I took a lot of time and effort toward casting my vote. The overwhelming factor was leadership, and I believed President Obama had the ... Continue reading