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True grit

Given the number of times this winter I’ve been kept off the bike by sleet, freezing rain, blizzards, thundersnow, squalls, black ice and general awful conditions associated with the coldest, bleakest, worst winter in my lifetime, I can’t believe I’m saying (or blogging) this, but … Bring ... Continue reading

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March 8: Memoir Madness “Justbegintowrite”

As with most types of writing, whether it be a poem, short story, novel, or memoir, the most difficult step is getting started. I've known many marathon runners over the years and one of the things I hear time and time again is, the first mile is ... Continue reading

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Should Kansas Get On the Four Day Work and School Week Bus?

I wrote this blog over a year ago. Has this idea been discussed? It has been working well in other stated and for big business as well. N0 schools need to be closed. Just think of the savings! School buses run only four days a week, thermostats ... Continue reading

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March 7th Memoir Madness: “My Father Lies”

Mixing writing medias within memoirs doesn't seem to be a common occurrence. I say, why not? I would encourage those of you are are writing your memoir, to utilize any/all writing methods you feel comfortable with. To date, we have discussed taking the time to give a ... Continue reading

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Big Week for Coupons! Stock Up Now!

If you are interested in following along you can see my Weekly Menu posted at SuperJenn. I have been publishing my menus to help me stay on track and accountable and to show my readers how I put the "plan from your pantry, shop the deals" theory ... Continue reading

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Keeping teen dudes in duds doesn’t have to cost a lot of dimes

My boys (Eric 17 and Thomas 14) and I decided we wanted to conduct a little shopping experiment this week. The boys both like shopping at American Eagle. Unfortunately, my pocketbook doesn’t like them both shopping at American Eagle. If they shop the clearance rack and can ... Continue reading

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Recap: Everything in its right place for KU heading into postseason

Kansas and Missouri played a game Saturday full of runs, scoring spurts and streaky shooting. Each team controlled the game for minutes at a time and the whole affair felt a bit jarring. In the end, however, KU ended up with a 77-56 victory atop an unsurprising ... Continue reading

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Welcome to Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe weather can strike our region anytime. Because March through June is typically our most active period, “Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week” officially begins Monday March 8. To prepare for this season, the Douglas County Emergency Management (DCEM) has partnered with the Topeka National Weather Service, the ... Continue reading

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KUsports.com has prizes for you, and so many ways to win

Earlier this week I told you we were bringing KUsports.com to the fans at Power and Light District. Today, I get to tell — and show — you some of the prizes we'll be giving away for various contests we're going to have on KUsports.com, for fans ... Continue reading

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Paying for Basic Services

We all know that cuts to our schools and social services have become punitive (except for Americans for Prosperity and their fellow travelers). We all know we need more revenue; there is little if any waste still in our state budget because we have been cutting it ... Continue reading

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March 6th Memoir Madness: Taking Time

When you take the time to lovingly describe other people in your memoir, you not only honor them, but give a more complete picture of who you are. Excerpt: "Gun Memories" Grandmother Helen was still a beautiful woman well into her mid fifties, which was her age ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover Mini-Blog: Old Guys & Young Guys

"I like old guys," read a t-shirt in a store. "Haha! I should get that," I said to my boyfriend, who is almost a decade older than I am. There was a hat with the same message. I didn't get either of them right then, but I ... Continue reading

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Thank you’s

There was a sign in North Lawrence that read, “Gratitude is the sign of a nobel heart.” I thought a lot about what that means to me. I am grateful for numerous things to say the least. My mom taught me to write “thank you” notes for ... Continue reading

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NBA Stock Watch: March, 2010

This much we know: Tyshawn Taylor and Marcus Morris will be in Kansas uniforms when the 2010-11 season rolls around. Although neither player was a real threat to leave college after this season, both saw their names pop up in the NBA Draft conversation and both have ... Continue reading

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Oscar fun!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/05/oscarstatues.png So ... whatcha doing Sunday? Want to watch the Academy Awards with us? That's right, we'll be blogging and tweeting this year's big show right here on Culture Crumbs. Follow along with us during the pre-show red carpet fashion show, wade through the jokes/showtunes/speeches with us ... Continue reading

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Sunday Coupon Preview

Want a glimpse of this Sunday's coupon inserts? Be sure to check out the Coupon Preview at SuperJenn. You'll find out about the biggest P&G brandSaver EVER and what they plan to do with it! Continue reading

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Texas coach Rick Barnes’ comment taken out of context

If you haven't heard by now, [a soon-to-be-released ESPN the magazine article][1] caused a stir when it quoted Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes as saying he values putting his student-athletes through to the NBA more than he values winning NCAA championships. "We would love to win ... Continue reading

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March 5th Memoir Madness: “Gun Memories” - Topic or Time line?

I received a personal last night from someone saying they are writing their memoir using topics, as opposed to a time line, as their guideline for organization. The absolute first thing to remember when writing a memoir, is that it is yours and yours alone (unless you ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

Sure, Tim Burton directed this new loose adaptation of the Lewis Carroll novels "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," but you know exactly what to expect with him: Gothic art direction and loony characters. What makes a Tim Burton movie something more than just a ... Continue reading

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Freddy’s Pizza Palace in Seneca

Freddy's Pizza Palace opened in 1960's, it has been a favorite spot for families ever since. Their pizza is the best and it's homemade. They serve fries with cheese or gravy, broasted chicken and several other sandwiches as well as Mexican food a popular one is the ... Continue reading