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Teachers are Professionals – but!!

I made a suggestion in a blog the other day and many of you have commented on it. The suggestion was to remunerate teachers more on a personal basis related to individual contribution. I equated that to how many of the professionals in our world are currently ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: White Bean and Spinach Salad

It’s getting warmer and spring’s (supposedly) on the way. So, why not get in the mood for those yummy spring greens that are just now germinating? Using canned beans, this White Bean and Spinach Salad is a quick and hearty-but-not-heavy weeknight meal. Perfect for a Monday, don’t ... Continue reading

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Somebody needs a bath

I was riding home from racquetball the other day, and slid out going around a corner in a huge drift of sand. I dodged an usually large amount of car debris — chunks of body molding, shards of red tail-light plastic, head-light glass — and spied several ... Continue reading

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Haibun (haiboon) - pick up your pen

Haibun - prose of daily events combined with Haiku. Mundane events made monumental, memorable. A day of poetry, shared memories both painful and joyful. Some linger, move more slowly through prose; others allow Haibun its strength of combining two worlds to share and explore. An 84 year ... Continue reading

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Mustache March: An Air Force Tradition

Not everyone can pull off the mustache look. Hair on upper lips tends to make even more people look like they should be driving a van with "Free Candy" written on the side than end up looking like Tom Selleck, but if you are on an Air ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 3/6/2011

Previous: IPS 2/28/2011 Next: IPS 3/13/2011 hujiko did it again. See the end of this post for the photo and answer. I really wanted this week's photo to be unique and memorable. However, I guess whenever you have an agenda and want to subtly send a message, ... Continue reading

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On-Camera Interview With Topher Grace

Topher Grace sat down with me (sporting my Nelly-style affectation) to talk about his new movie TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, a coming-of-age comedy co-written and produced by Grace, set in 1988, and co-starring Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, and Theresa Palmer. Continue reading

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Findings.

First and foremost, I apologize. I mean no offense, I'm just curious. But. . . You (LJWorld.com) should really get rid of annonymity for posts. There are a lot of really ignorant people that will make some of the most outlandish claims on this site. What's worse, ... Continue reading

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Big 12 tournament hoops preview: Storylines, observations and a prediction

A glance at this year's Big 12 tournament bracket triggered the following thoughts regarding the path to the championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo: • **If I'm a Kansas fan, I'm looking at the bracket thinking Texas has an easier path** to the title game. ... Continue reading

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Recap: 10 statistical oddities from KU’s win over Missouri

Note: Here is a listing of definitions for some terms used in this blog. Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below if something doesn't make sense. Going to go a little different direction with the start of this blog, as lots of quirky ... Continue reading

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Dillons “Cart Buster” Sale Coupon/eCoupon Match Ups

The Dillons "Cart Buster" sale is a great opportunity to stock up on items that you use on a regular basis, without paying full price for them. Not only are the sale prices good, but the coupon match ups make for some very inexpensive products. One way ... Continue reading

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When spending your dollars, are you loyal to your pocketbook or your zip code?

While writing this blog over the past year, one topic seems to make a recurring appearance in the comments: We need to shop local. But what is local? There are some who say as long as you shop in Lawrence, it’s local. And that includes the big ... Continue reading

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs vs. Brigham Young University.

This past week Brigham Young University's ( BYU) starting center Brandon Davies was suspended for the rest of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules. It was with high hopes that we watched as BYU’s Larry Echohawk took the reins as Assistant Secretary of the ... Continue reading

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Back on the Blog

Hello! As some of you may know, I am returning from a 2 week break. Seems like I had a lot of stuff going down in my own life and needed to deal with all that. So, that said, now I may return to focus on other ... Continue reading

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Will Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson or Josh Selby get the most minutes from here on out? Also, differing KU-Missouri predictions

**Jesse Newell:** Welcome back to the GameDay Cram Session, as Kansas is taking on Missouri on Saturday morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Tom, what do you think is the best explanation for Missouri's drastic home (17-0) and road (2-7) splits this season? Usually teams that ... Continue reading

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10 Reasons…

10 Reasons to attend the Kansas Women’s Basketball game versus K-State Saturday in Allen Field House 10) Senior Night 9) Creating a home court advantage at Allen Field House against K-State 8) Krysten Boogard, a senior center, who also plays on the Canadian national team. 7) Tania ... Continue reading

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Lawrence school board candidates holding live chats on LJWorld.com

Before city elections on April 5, we're hosting live online chats with the candidates for the Lawrence school board. You can submit questions in advance for these chats now on [LJWorld.com][1]: - Shannon Kimball, Friday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. [Read the transcript.][2] - Rick Ingram, Monday, ... Continue reading

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Are Teachers Professionals?

I would like to talk about teacher incomes and particularly about step increases. Those are periodic salary increases tied to longevity. Teachers are professionals. They hold degrees. They are respected (most of the time). They get longevity step increases. Other professionals outside government do not for the ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - You’re the Poet - “Spring’s Calling”

You're the Poet! Fill in the below blanks with the following words or use your own words. Around, bloom, dark, field, free, ground, morn, park, soon, thorn, tree, yield. Spring's Calling! By L. Don Oliver Spring is yearning nigh, Clover is in it's _____; Searching for a ... Continue reading

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Unidentified Strange Device

A co-worker brought recently brought in a strange device. It was in a lot of uhh... stuff he bought at an auction. He could not figure out what it was. I work with a group unbelievably (well, maybe just barely believably) intelligent and knowledgeable engineers. None of ... Continue reading

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