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How Long is my Puppy Tale

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/18/simons_first_day_of_scouts.jpg How Long is my Puppy Tale Monday, August 17, 2009 My name is Woof. When I am in trouble my mommy calls me Woof Grr. I hear that happens to kids too. My 7 brothers and sisters call me Yap. I am 6 weeks old. I ... Continue reading

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Sunday Again! More Deals and Some Shopping Tips

Today marks Ryan's one month birthday! I am amazed that time could possibly go by any more quickly than it did with the other two...but that is exactly what is happening. I am anxious, however, to get back into some type of routine for myself and my ... Continue reading

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Let’s savor the fall season before we start thinking about Christmas

Fall is my favorite time of year. The change of season from summer to fall has always been greatly anticipated. The brilliant colors, cool weather, football, festivals and bonfires, carving pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving. Through the years, I find myself being pushed from summer almost directly to Christmas. ... Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Underwater City

Recently my daughter, whose birthday is today!, went to Greece with a girl friend, for a week's vacation. With her unbridled wit, she observed that since the period between 776 BC (the first Olympic Games) and 323 BC (the death of Alexander), the civilization that many consider ... Continue reading

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The Mad Geek: What statistical analysis tells us about KU and what to expect in today’s game

The Kansas football team’s offense is the best in the nation when it comes to passing on second- and third-and-longs. The Jayhawks’ defense ranks in the top 10 nationally in the second quarter, but is in the bottom 10 in the third quarter. KU’s offense has been ... Continue reading

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“Where the Wild Things Are” On-Camera Review

My castmate on VH1's World Series of Pop Culture, Robert Bishop from Wocka Wocka, joins me for a review of "Where the Wild Things Are." Spike Jonze directed the movie, which is adapted by Dave Eggers from the classic kids book by Maurice Sendak. Find out whether ... Continue reading

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Social Security COLA Assessment is Wrong

Recently it was in the news that seniors who collect social security will not be getting a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2010. (see www.ssa.gov/cola) Their explanation is that the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), one of the government's measurements ... Continue reading

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‘Top Chef’ and ‘Project Runway’ contestants not here to make friends

Welcome to the “I’m not here to make friends edition” of the Top Chef/Project Runway blog. We’re getting down to the end of the season and the contestants are grating on each other more than usual, the competition is getting closer and the stress/sleep deprivation are making ... Continue reading

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3 Questions: Kansas at Colorado

1. Will Tyler Hansen cure Colorado's offensive ills? http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/15/hansen.jpg Colorado's sophomore quarterback Tyler Hansen took over for coach's son Cody Hawkins last week. After four-and-a-half disappointing games, Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins decided to pull the plug on junior quarterback Cody Hawkins and turn to sophomore Tyler ... Continue reading

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Viewing enjoyment affected by very un- “Paranormal Activity”

[two stars, or the "Swiss fist"--complete neutrality!] Rarely do movie critics talk about the actual experience of seeing a film in the theater in their actual review. It happens sometimes, but it’s usually presented as an aside (the film broke, the crowd responded this way, the sound ... Continue reading

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I see dead things

Like most people, I have my share of fears, both rational and ir-. Given how much time I spend in the saddle, I guess it makes sense some of those fears are bike-centric. Curiously, though I’m cautious and certainly aware of the bad things that can happen ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 10/15/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at media day today. Full audio is posted here. • This year's team is not quite as athletic and fast as the 2007-08 team, but it is probably bigger and deeper. Deeper isn't ... Continue reading

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Greatest college football rivalry likely depends on whom you talk to

We're three days away from the Big 12 South game of the year between Oklahoma and Texas. As usual, I'd like your opinion. Who will prevail at the Cotton Bowl? For my analysis of the Red River rivalry, and the rest of my week 7 picks around ... Continue reading

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Swapping Clothes

I like shopping thrift stores for clothes for the kids. I especially like shopping at the Children's Orchard in Olathe. Good quality, used clothes are so much more practical and less wasteful than buying more and more new clothes. Garage sales are also a good option for ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight, 10/14/2009

Previous: IPS 10/7/2009 Next: IPS 10/21/2009 DougCounty and littleone together identified the subject this week. See end of this post for the answer I'm afraid the subject this week will be too easy, but I've been fooled before. Image #1: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/14/DSC_3186c.JPG Image #2: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/15/DSC_3186a.JPG The image(s) above ... Continue reading

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Record cold and a surplus of rain for Lawrence

It has been a rough few days for those of us who are hanging on to that last hope for warm weather. Since Saturday we have set records on four the last five days for the lowest high temperature. The previous highs and new records look like ... Continue reading

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Nebraska AD Osborne to stump for Moran

Senate candidate Jerry Moran, a Kansas University graduate, will get some help in raising money from Nebraska Athletics Director Tom Osborne, a former congressman, at an event before the KU-Nebraska football game Nov. 14 in Lawrence. Osborne, the legendary Nebraska football coach, will attend the special pregame ... Continue reading

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Strands of Frogs Eggs: Nobel Talks from GA, LA, NC, DC, Iran and Kenya

Playing among the arrowroot leaves I tried in vain to pick up the strands of frogs' eggs, believing they were beads. --Wagari Muta Maathi, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner The Nobel Prizes have a long history, having been awarded for more than a century, starting in 1901. ... Continue reading

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Switching pharmacies for cash a tough decision

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m always on the lookout for a deal. A way to save money for my family. One of the things I’ve found useful is the prescription transfer offers that are available at many chain pharmacies. From Walgreens to CVS to ... Continue reading

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Pharmacy coupons are enticing, but what about service?

I’ve been noticing a trend in chain pharmacies trying to bring business into their stores. They are enticing potential customers by offering gift cards that are valued at $10 to $25. I will admit I have been tempted by their offers, most recently when I received a ... Continue reading