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Fans of the Hunger Games books finally have a chance to return to the dystopian country of Panem in Suzanne Collins’ new novel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”
We’re living in a time of incredible change. The COVID-19 pandemic, #Black Lives Matter Movement, census, and presidential election are making 2020 a year for the history books. All of these things have coalesced, forcing Americans to take stock of what’s important and how to move forward.
Let’s sit down at a piano keyboard. As fingers start to move across the keys, a beautiful sound is generated from the heart of the piano. Where does this piano come from? Today we’ll learn about a remarkable Kansas business which is selling pianos across the nation and beyond.
For Matt Goss, the journey to becoming a full-time tattoo artist wasn’t always a foregone conclusion, but it’s a career he said he’s “blessed” to have fallen into.
“Beowulf” is a wonderful, old epic and one of too few examples of literature written in Old English. Experts don’t know when it was composed or by whom, but they believe it to have been written around the year 1000. It’s the tale of a Scandinavian hero who makes a sea journey to the hall of …
The inimitable C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. (…) (For) those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” I would not be…
“Looks like we’re nothin’ but a bunch of ranchin’ misfits,” the mother light-heartedly kidded her little girls as they laughed while doing chores on the ranch. That memorable phrase would become the name of a remarkable, award-winning business in rural Kansas.
Stretching intermittently across the original approximately 48-mile long Native Stone Scenic Byway lie lengths of thoughtfully stacked limestone fences.
As freely as the word “family” is used, especially in the K-State community, doctors Kelly Lechtenberg and Paige Andersen don’t take the term lightly when it comes to the animal hospital they founded together.
In his introduction to “A Prayer for Owen Meany” for the regular print Modern Library edition, author John Irving says that “I may one day write a better first sentence to a novel than that of ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ but I doubt it.” The story begins, “I am doomed to remember a boy with a …
“Profiles in Courage,” the book that introduced America to John F. Kennedy in 1956 and paved the way to Camelot, was a volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States senators, written by then-Sen. John F. Kennedy and Ted Sorensen.
The Los Angeles Rams are unveiling their new uniforms, as designed and produced by Nike, Inc. There is lots of excitement about seeing the new uniforms. This unveiling is an especially exciting moment for Nike’s lead project designer, who happens to come from rural Kansas.
For about 30 years now, Helen Miller has been teaching the previously unteachable and bringing hope to the hopeless.
They can be spectacular in size and color, but most homeowners aren’t particularly thrilled when mushrooms pop up in their lawns and landscape beds.
For the last couple of months, I have been working from home. It took me a week or two to realize I would need to take a more active role in establishing a new work-life balance. In normal times, this balance can be difficult enough, but is largely determined just by the physical separation …
“I cannot see, but I have a vision.” That statement from a blind educator in Ethiopia might introduce a visionary program through which rural Kansans are helping encourage literacy halfway around the globe.
Using Neal Wollenberg’s prowess in fine arts and Andrea Wollenberg’s affinity for numbers, running an art-based studio almost seemed like a no-brainer for the Manhattan couple.
STRONG CITY — Bernadette Hagadorn and her daughter Jenny were passing through Kansas on their way down to Oklahoma, but with so much shut down, they figured they might as well make the most of their road trip. They stopped by Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
With the fate of children’s camps, activities and spaces up in the air, or outright canceled, this summer because of coronavirus concerns, parents may be wondering how to keep their young ones engaged and active. Creativity may be warranted in some cases, but the situation could provide fami…
This summer will be very different for all of us, especially for our children. Unlike years past, we are not marking the end of a season with graduations, summer parties and vacations. Our usual camps, clubs and programs have been canceled. All of this uncertainty is leading many families, e…
By the end of the 1970s and into the early 1980s, the new genres of rock music such as techno pop, punk, glam rock and disco were supplanting the classic rock bands, and particularly their lead guitar players. It seemed as though it just wasn’t cool anymore to be a lead guitarist. Then Stevi…
From pitches to plants. From hardballs to hibiscus. From the strike zone to the root zone. Those phrases are a way of describing the transition made by a Major League Baseball player who, with his daughter, has developed one of the leading plant nurseries in the nation.
Even all these years later, Cleion Morton, principal at Northview Elementary School, remembers the day her father took her out to a peony patch on their farm outside Junction City and leveled with her about who they were and what that meant for her future.
Although the joy of school letting out might not feel the same for kids this year, it is still an important accomplishment that leads into a time of letting loose a little bit.
“Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving” is a highly engaging series of short, 4-to-10 page pieces about famous, and some not-so-famous, people whom the authors believed deserve to be better known. This is a delightful read that will educate and entertain you as you are stuck at home.
As the sun rose on the morning of March 13, when siblings Holly and Bryant Webb boarded a plane to Peru to hike the Inca Trail and celebrate Holly’s December graduation from K-State, they thought little of the impact the coronavirus pandemic could have on their trip.
Here comes a package of nasal swabs, important tools in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. These aren’t from some government stockpile or overseas supplier. They were manufactured on a 3D printer, as part of a project inspired by an economic development specialist in rural, southwest Kansas.
RANDOLPH — For one last time this school year, the school bus outside Blue Valley High School loaded up, only this time, it was teachers who were piling onto the bus, and at the driver’s seat was principal Marion Mazouch.