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Giving dads the gift of competency

Giving dads the gift of competency

Dads get a bad rap, portrayed as clueless, dismissed with onesies that have instructions printed on them. And while that is considered humor, sometimes we unintentionally give credence to that…

Why we barbecue on Memorial Day

Why we barbecue on Memorial Day

My dad didn’t “do” war stories. He might tell you about the monkey they found in the jungle and adopted, naming it Charlie (I was probably in my 20s before…

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…

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