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Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest — Living With Mental Illness…One Person’s Story

Once upon a time, I was a lost soul. That doesn't seem to make me any different from any other person in the world. Everyone gets lost at one time or another. What makes my story different? Perhaps it is how I was found. My story begins ... Continue reading

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Top 10 U.S. Air Guitarists of All-Time

I was going to write another movie-related Top 10, but as sit here in front of the computer, all I’ve been doing all night is getting inspired by my fellow rockers-in-air. You see, Thursday morning I take off for five days on the U.S. Air Guitar Championships ... Continue reading

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Your pet did what?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/goat.bmp http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/pig_.bmp http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/dog_on_trampoline1.jpg http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/cat.bmp This was it for cats on trampoline, he's probably thinking the others look very undignified. If you have ever had a pet, you most likely have a funny or incredible pet story. Maybe you have seen a friend's pet doing something unbelievable. On ... Continue reading

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Introduction

After sixteen years of writing a column for the LJW I have been asked to join the twenty-first century and begin a blog. Since I still haven't quite yet left the nineteenth century --at least in mind and spirit--this will be a new experience for me. Indeed, ... Continue reading

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4th Entry

I just got back from Texas yesterday. I did my science homework almost half of the 8-hour drive there and almost half of the drive back. That's how long it takes me to do it. It's pretty sad. We've been doing a rocks and minerals unit for ... Continue reading

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Swiss chard panade. And no, I didn’t make those words up.

Yesterday I decided that I should either remove all the pots from their stations around our house, or I should put something in them. Filling them all at once always proves too expensive, so I went to Pine's with the notion that I'd do a few hanging ... Continue reading

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Enjoying Nature with Children: No Need for Names

Last week, my three-year-old started noticing (and chasing) what he calls “snow butterflies.” These white and very pale blue beauties are typically one of the first butterflies of spring. They are actually spring azures, but he doesn’t need to know that. “Snow butterfly” is a perfect name—it’s ... Continue reading

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How I Lost A 12-Year Old

It all started around my 32nd birthday on April 15, 2009. My 5-year old flat out asked me, "Daddy... why are you fat? Why do you want to be unhealthy?" I weighed 285 pounds and was in the worst shape of my life. His words hit me ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover: Fired.

I had seen it happen before. A girl would saunter in to the dressing room early, wearing flip-flops and sweats. She'd barely be through the door when a bouncer would stick his head in and call her over. "C'mere for a second," he would say. Then, not ... Continue reading

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Regrets - I’ve Had a Few

I wish I’d have been a doctor, Maybe I’d have saved some life that had been lost, Maybe I’d have done some good in the world ’Stead of burning every bridge I crossed. Bob Dylan - Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight Godly sorrow brings repentance that ... Continue reading

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This space for rent

I was driving the family downtown a couple of weeks ago when we encountered a cyclist coming our way. He was wearing the full matching team kit: shorts, jersey, helmet … heck, maybe even sunglasses and socks. My wife — who still thinks it’s clever to refer ... Continue reading

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Christ’s Resurrection and the Death Penalty

(wr note: today's post is a guest column that views the death penalty in America with an eye on Easter and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both of which were celebrated and remembered this month.) Easter Season, Capital Punishment, and the “Drum Major for ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Runaways

In the new 1970s-set rock biopic “The Runaways,” Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning tap into major reservoirs of their own angst from being thrust into the spotlight at an early age. And it's eerily effective. Respectively, as 16-year old leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett and 15-year old Bowie-obsessed ... Continue reading

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How to Earn, Spend and Profit from Walgreen’s Register Rewards

Another week with a small break in the "around town" deals for me... I'm not finding anything that makes me get the itch to run right out and make some deals. I'm trying to tighten the belt at our house and be very careful in following our ... Continue reading

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Julian Casablancas knows what the kids like

Oh boy! Two weeks after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl I had the chance to get all gussied up and head to Kansas City to see Julian Casablancas. And nothing says "Welcome to Motherhood" more than squeezing into your pre-pregnancy jeans and spending an hour ... Continue reading

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Coupon offers some relief for prom tuxedo rental

Today brought me another step closer to the realization that my oldest son, Eric, will soon be leaving the nest to embark on his college adventure. Over the past several weeks, we ordered Eric’s graduation announcements, had his senior pictures taken and ordered, put together his party ... Continue reading

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Poll - Should USD 497 seek renewal of principal?

Please click here to take the poll. Since the resignation of Elias Espinoza as Wakarusa Valley Elementary School Principal, the district has had a second elementary school principal resignation. The resignation of the Langston Hughes principal leaves a vacancy. Espinoza had stated that he intended his resignation ... Continue reading

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Ante-up!

In a few weeks our state legislature will meet to set a budget for next year. There is a projected deficit of about $300 million dollars from last year’s expenditures (about 5% of the general fund). The deficit would be about $600 million from the governors originally ... Continue reading

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Test Prep for Preschool?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/09/NS.jpg If the current national political litmus test is the healthcare vote, then the most important national social marker for the future success or failure of the emerging generation is the preschool application. The current generation of five-year olds are not yet touched by daily macro-economic discussions ... Continue reading

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April 8, 2010

From sun dogs to the upper tangent arc, there were several optical effects seen during the sunrise on April 8, 2010. The picture below was taken in Topeka, Kan. during the sunrise. Can you spot all of the optical effects? It was not only a beautiful sunrise, ... Continue reading