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A uniquely American tale

A uniquely American tale

My daughter was in the hospital for a few days this last week. It was a blur of tests and deep scares and high reliefs and bad coffee and an…

What would your shirt say?

What would your shirt say?

For my son, language is a slippery thing. He’s eight, and on the autism spectrum, and takes nearly everything very literally. Because of that, in our family, we’ve learned to…

Be the kind of woman you need in your life

Be the kind of woman you need in your life

The older I get, the more important my friendships with other women become. Even in the midst of raising a family and connecting with my husband for fleeting moments between…

Our kids and teachers deserve better

Our kids and teachers deserve better

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in yet another school shooting. On Thursday, Feb. 18, mothers all over the country sent their children to school. My oldest is…

Language is becoming more mobile

Language is becoming more mobile

I love the English language. Adore it. The subject, the verb, the occasional overwrought adjective to bring it all together and make it gleam. Language is the most efficient vehicle…

Excelsior Springs, we’ve got something special

Excelsior Springs, we’ve got something special

February 16, 2018 – Excelsior Springs, we’ve got something special. I promise. And I know this because I see it every day. But sometimes I wonder, do you see it, too?…

Social media is making us mean

Social media is making us mean

February 9, 2018 – Social media is making us mean. We sit behind our keyboards and get offended and fire off comebacks and responses to virtual strangers without pausing to think…

Letters to the editor in response to “Fake News” op-ed

Letters to the editor in response to “Fake News” op-ed

February 2, 2018 – The Excelsior Springs Standard recently ran an op-ed, entitled There were no winners in President’s ‘Fake News’ Awards. As an opinion piece, it did not necessarily reflect the views…

There were no winners in President’s ‘Fake News’ Awards

There were no winners in President’s ‘Fake News’ Awards

January 26, 2018 — On Wednesday, Jan. 17, President Trump rolled out his self-hyped “Fake News Awards.” He did it through the official GOP website and attempted to capitalize upon it…

The dark, looming threat of the metric system

January 26, 2018 — My son asked if I’d help him study. Parental Law 457: Children will only ask for help with school when the distance between preparing for an exam…

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