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Let’s Start at the Beginning

A little over a year ago I found myself a stay at home mom of two kids, in charge of our household finances, and watching our money slip out of our hands. We were in debt on credit cards that we hadn’t used in years and we ... Continue reading

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Shopping off the clearance rack

If you haven't seen it already, it's Kohl's cash time. You can't miss it if you see today's Kohl's flyer that splashes "Anniversary Sale. Take and extra 15%, 20% or 30% off everything." Now until Wednesday, Sept. 23, you'll receive $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 you ... Continue reading

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Shop Talk blogger Jenn Hethcoat has a baby

Shop Talk with Jenn and Julie blogger Jenn Hethcoat had a baby boy Friday night. Ryan weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces. Congratulations Jenn! Get to know Julie and Jenn, then sign up to get updates when they post a new blog entry with money ... Continue reading

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Breakfast on the fly: Coffee and Scones

Scones are a traditional English breakfast pastry, as I'm sure you well know. But for a long time, I have to admit, I didn't. I often confused scones with biscotti, which I abhor, so I stayed away from the scone, assuming it was a dry, bland biscuit, ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘Club Morocco’ a swingin’ good time

This review of "Club Morocco," which opened Friday at Lawrence Community Theatre, comes from Lawrence writer Liza Pehrson: Lawrence Community Theatre opens its new season with the swingin’ hot “Club Morocco,” which uses the hits of great big-band leaders such as Glen Miller, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw ... Continue reading

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Recently, I took off a weekend to surprise a high school buddy on his 50th birthday celebration in Florida. His sister and wife had contacted me through Facebook to suggest the idea. I hadn’t seen him since he moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1982. Still, we ... Continue reading

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single payer health vs universal

THEN: So, my old policy in Kansas gave me this: I had to "buy" my coverage @ 280 smackers a month. Then the normal 'co-pays' per visit, plus the 'co-pays' for medication. most people on average, go to the doctor, what, about 2-4 times a year? so ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Bradley McDougald

For the second straight week, our Sideline Report focuses on a KU true freshman. Here's an extended conversation with wide receiver Bradley McDougald. The Sideline Report with Bradley McDougald http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/18/bm2_.jpg Jesse Newell: I heard you're a good cook. Is that right? Bradley McDougald: (laughs) I cook a ... Continue reading

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Ready, set, save …

How do you teach an old chick new tricks? I’m a 47-year-old wife and mother working a part-time job and juggling two teenage kids’ activities. The trick — learning how to reduce my household expenses with the help of my friend, Super Jenn. After all, our oldest ... Continue reading

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Salt in the Wound for Poland and Czech Republic

For a President who is polished and understands PR quite well, it is quite an error! Yesterday, President Obama announced a change in the defensive missile shield program and declared that the focus will change from a ground based system in Poland and the Czech Republic to ... Continue reading

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Project Runway: Black and white and a liar all over

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/09/18/Runway.jpg My oh, my, I am majorly starting to regret deciding to do a “Project Runway” blog instead of a “Top Chef” blog. MAJORLY. My reason is simple: My excitement about the return of “Project Runway” after its long hiatus has dwindled into the negative column. The ... Continue reading

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Curses

I’m trying to watch my mouth. The other day, after another close call with an inattentive (at best) motorist, I found myself swearing out loud at the (bleep)-ing $#%&er. And it dawned on me that maybe I should temper my tongue just a bit. At home, I ... Continue reading

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Last chance to enter the 1,000,000th comment contest

There are just a few more hours left to enter our 1,000,000th comment contest. Here's a quick rundown on the rules: 1) Guess the day when the trio of our Lawrence sites (LJWorld.com, KUsports.com and lawrence.com) will see the 1,000,000th comment posted between the three of them. ... Continue reading

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Ice clouds and halos

Cirrus clouds that we've seen the last couple of days are fairly high into the atmosphere. Usually around 20,000 to 35,000 feet above the Earth's surface. At the very cold temperatures in that part of the atmosphere, the clouds are usually made up entirely of ice crystals. ... Continue reading

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The Big PIcture

...to see just how important we are in the over all scheme of things. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/17/heic0406a.jpg This is an older Hubble image but always worth revisiting. The official Hubble site says of this image: " The HUDF field contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies. In ground-based images, the patch ... Continue reading

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The End of an Epic Journey

Success! Everybody woke up early, and got their things packed up! Joe and Tim headed off really early in the morning, heading toward the next town to repair their tires. Since they could only go about 10 mph on their leaking tires, and had to fill one ... Continue reading

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First Post For The Health Nut

I have been writing for over 2 years now as my full time job. I try to participate in as many social networks and blogs as possible so people can see what I am all about. Since this is my official intro to ljworld this post will ... Continue reading

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Who is Norman Borlaug?

Who determines the amount of coverage a person gets when they pass away? We have received extensive coverage of Jackson, Swayze, Kennedy (all very deserving of recognition due to their impact on society), but who is being left out? I have to admit, due to a bit ... Continue reading

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Philadelphia: It Really Loves You Back

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/17/101_1850.jpg Last weekend, my wife and I paid yet another visit to the City of Brotherly Love – being my fifth time since relocating to the United States almost nine years ago. Philadelphia is one of those towns that is always pleasurable to visit, not only because ... Continue reading

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Millionth poster

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/17/Typist.jpg OK. The contest is on. I have already conducted much research, consulted the Farmer's Almanac, thrown down the chicken bones, and danced naked under the darkened moon, and have posted my prediction as to the exact time when the one-millionth post will be made. I feel ... Continue reading