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  • 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 .

  • Cleanliness not next to godliness Bethany047cut.phatch

    If I could pick any aspect of daily living is hardest for me in my adult life, it would be maintaining a tidy, organized home. I’ve been contemplating whether I am capable of change or whether I should just .

  • Depression a dangerous monster Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Depression a dangerous monster You’ve probably read something about depression since Robin Williams committed suicide. Yes, in the end he was a man who could make anyone happy but himself. The danger here, since Robin was famous and tributes .

  • No more invigorating Augusts Kristina.phatch

    If the roads seem a little more crowded this week, it’s because almost 25,000 students are starting classes Monday. It’s move-in weekend at K-State, and it makes me nostalgic for my recently finished college years. I graduated from the .

  • Thank you for the laughs Bauman-cut

    While I was perusing the Twitter Thursday night, I saw a tweet from a friend that read, “Butterscotch candies give me life.” I chuckled and as a courtesy, I “favorited” it — also known as “starring” in Twitter-speak. Then a voice .

  • What my dog taught me Cut047joel.phatch

    I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my wife. It was November 2012, and we’d just parked our car outside of a Topeka pet store that we often visited to look at puppies. We’d just visited a .

  • These ideas will make you money Image 31

    Help. I’m afraid I’m being watched. I’m not sure whether somebody’s following me, tapping my phone or screening my emails, but somehow, my ideas are being stolen — specifically, my business ideas. See, the evidence is stacked. .

  • Fair fosters magical environment Bethany047cut.phatch

    There’s never been a time when the county fair hasn’t been a part of my life, so I get a little excited when I see those Ferris wheels go up every year. This is largely because I’m .

  • McCartney show left lasting memories Kristina.phatch

    I am a person who likes things far too much, and few things show this more clearly than my love of the Beatles. So when I recently had the opportunity to see Paul McCartney perform live, I knew it would .

  • Reunions are fun… and funny Dendurent1

    Our family has just returned from Iowa and Wisconsin, where we attended a couple of family reunions. I don’t know what your family does at reunions, but one of the things we do is tell funny stories, most of .

  • Real sports for patriots Brian-mug

    This newspaper was made in America. You’re probably reading this in America. I’m an American with my American blood running through my American veins. If you can’t tell, I’m excited about America. One of my favorite .


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