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  • Kicking tires on a f irst car brings back me mor ie s

    My niece nearly spoiled months of planning with a simple goodbye at Thanksgiving. “See you next week,” she said, to a room of open-mouthed adults panicked by the salutation. The message was accurate, it just wasn’t meant to be .

  • Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough Brian mug.phatch

    Unfortunately, sometimes being good isn’t good enough It’s almost December, which means it’s almost 2015. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I maintain the same goals every year: don’t get arrested, don’t .

  • Figuring out tradition no piece of cake Megan.moser1

    Marriage is about compromise, and I’ve made a big one. My husband and I have sort of a standing agreement to spend the holiday with his family. And while they’re lovely people with a beautiful home and a .

  • Slow down, winter spiders Brady047color.phatch

    As you are reading this, the landscape is likely covered in the white powder. If it isn’t, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s take-down of meteorologists a few weeks ago again shows his brilliance. The first thought .

  • The (11th) happiest place on earth Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Whatever problems might be lurking during the daytime, Kansans apparently don’t lose much sleep over them. At least, that’s one of many facts unearthed in a national survey conducted by WalletHub, a social media outlet that studies financial .

  • The most wonderful time of the year Bethany047cut.phatch

    November has been my favorite month for years, but depending on how it goes this year, I don’t know if it can top the October I’ve had. Let’s just say last month was pretty good. I saw .

  • Some fears, though illogical, hard to shake Kristina.phatch

    All the recent hysteria about the Ebola virus has had me thinking a lot about my irrational fears (one of which is Ebola). When I say “irrational fears,” I basically mean that the risk of that thing harming me or .

  • Learn a lesson from cartoons Brian mug

    Saturday morning cartoons are done, y’all. Finished. Dead. Raptured. Oct. 4 was the first Saturday since the 1960s with no cartoons on broadcast television. Where will the kids get their five hours of summer once a week? Cable? Yes. Netflix? .

  • Improvement projects not always worth it Bethany047cut.phatch

    For the last two weeks, I tried to be a better person. But I’ve concluded that I’m fine with being an OK person. Let’s start with week one. That’s the week that I tried being disciplined, .

  • Conferences less scary as a parent Greg doering047cut.phatch

    Manhattan High School recently wrapped up its fall parent-teacher conferences, generally one of the first signs that fall is upon us. While the cooler weather is nice, I was never too fond of my parents interacting with my teachers. By .

  • Bluegrass festival proves cathartic Bauman-cut

    By the time you are reading this, I will already have finished my second-ever attendance at the Walnut Valley Festival in my hometown of Winfield. And, if any of you remember my 24-hour diary from Country Stampede at Tuttle Creek .

  • First attempt at gardening not so fruitful Megan.moser1

    I’m not happy about the cold weather we’ve been having over the last few days, but I can appreciate it in at least this one respect: it’s an excuse for the sad state of my poor, dying .


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