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Snappy rejoinders on the roll

Back in the days before the delightful — but not quite infallible — no-call list, I used to pride myself on how I handled the occasional telephone solicitation.I used to be one of those phone jockeys. I never had to work the dreaded “out-bound” side — cold-calling ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight (1/11/2009)

Previous: IPS 1/4/2008Click here for the answerEach week, I post a small snippet of a picture and hope that it will puzzle and confound people for at least a day or two. A window and a wall.A few bricks.The edge of a roof.Most week it seems someone ... Continue reading

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squirrels eating

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/11/hedge_apple.JPGHow yummy must hedgeapple seeds be? I see these piles of shredded hedges all over, left behind by squirrels working to get at the seeds inside. Chewing up a hedge has to be real work and not at all like gnawing through an apple or pear. I ... Continue reading

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Dakotah - The Winter’s End

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/10/IMG_0136.jpgI am mesmerized by the sound of horse hooves as they mark time on the pavement; a rhythm of song sung in a lullaby. To the man driving his team toward the next destination, it is a sweet symphony.The world in which we live is so large; ... Continue reading

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Moon Shines Bright Tonight

We’re in for a treat tonight: clear skies and the biggest and brightest full moon of 2009. According to NASA, tonight’s moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than some other full moons of the year. That’s because the moon’s orbit is elliptical, and one portion ... Continue reading

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house sparrows

With all the activity at my feeder , I must once again face my conflicted feelings about house sparrows. I really like native species and quail at their widespread displacement by artificially introduced species like the house sparrow, which we imported from Europe in the 1850’s. But ... Continue reading

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Perennial crops: plant once, harvest many times

Southern Perlo—a Charleston rice dish loaded with local bounty to extend and enhance its value andpleasure. Perlo is carefully crafted: its wise use handed down, modified by experience, enjoyed by all.Perennial crops: plant once in a lifetime, harvest every yearMy readers have accused me of being an ... Continue reading

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Buzz on Bees

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/10/P9200106.JPG My Fellow beeking friends and I have decided that a way we can all help to preserve the much needed bee population is to introduce and train people who are interested in keeping a hive, or hives themselves. Whether to produce honey themselves, or just as ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary Winner & Next Term

Congratulations to Logan72 (Alia Ahmed), who won last week's challenge with over 40% of the votes. Alia's satirical definition for the term Meeting is posted below. Meeting: gathering of employees that is intended to boost productivity while reducing the actual time available for employees to complete their ... Continue reading

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Mr. Young

In regard to the recruitment of Mr. Young,the football player,congrats to Kansas,on winning his services.As a Husker fan,however I pray that he takes numerous courses in decission making which he is obviously quite weak in.If I were a member of the Kansas football staff,I woud just pencil ... Continue reading

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Another Temperature Swing For Kansas!

Temperature swings are all too common here in Kansas. Friday's high temperature topped out at 61° before a major cold front swung through and turned the wind to the north and drove temperatures down 19° in nearly two hours.It isn't that it was not expected, it is ... Continue reading

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Regents name finalist in Kansas State University presidential search

The Kansas Board of Regents announced it had found a finalist for the Kansas State Presidential opening.The first finalist chosen by the search committee is Kirk H. Schulz, vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University. Although you can check out his credentials and ... Continue reading

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City answers call for pothole relief on Bardith Court

Good news arrived this morning for the folks on Bardith Court.A city maintenance crew showed up with equipment, asphalt patching material and a can-do attitude for addressing the source of resident Max Lucas’ frustration for the past three years: a growing lineup of potholes.Lucas, who built his ... Continue reading

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Moore tells supporters he’s running for re-election in 2010

Shortly after Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore won a sixth term in November, speculation swirled that he might retire at the end of his term.But in a Dec. 23 letter mailed to supporters, Moore announces: "I want you to be the first to know that I am officially ... Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson: Come to papa

Twice in the past couple of weeks I’ve had co-workers call my attention to the bicycle commuter benefit that started Jan. 1.There also was a short story in the paper about it, then a boat-load of responses online to the man-on-the-street question asking if the $20 monthly ... Continue reading

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Game Blog: Oklahoma-Florida

FINAL: Florida 24, Oklahoma 14 Plano, Texas — Trouble for Oklahoma, and on a broader perspective, trouble for the Big 12 Conference. There's virtually no argument right now for the Big 12 being superior to the SEC. Consider these factors: 1. Florida just beat OU in the ... Continue reading

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Social bookmarking tools arrive at LJWorld.com

We launched some new tools on our stories late yesterday. Perhaps you noticed them?Next to Comment and Print, you'll now find buttons for Facebook, Digg and Delicious — three social networks that to greater and lesser degrees allow Internet users to tell friends or the whole world ... Continue reading

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Danger, cyberspace ahead

Danger zone. Enter at your own risk.Perhaps that is a message that should appear on a computer screen each time anybody logs onto the Internet.How dangerous is it?In 2008 an average of 35,000 malware samples were detected each day by Panda Security’s PandaLabs. Of those, 22,000 of ... Continue reading

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Diving into tonight’s BCS Championship game with a Florida fan

Good morning, Kansas fans! Have I got a treat for you today! Seeing as how the much-anticipated BCS Championship Game will be played tonight between the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Gators, and seeing as how you’re probably looking for some healthy, last-minute analysis on the game, I’ve ... Continue reading

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Park that thought: No driving to the inaugural; a roundup of Southern news

Here's a snapshot of Southern trends. The South is one of the nation's most dynamic regions for population growth and has a unique opportunity to assume national leadership in job development, educational reform, lower energy costs, new infrastructure materials, and green home building. But the region also ... Continue reading

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