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The way I choose to look at things
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As April is National Poetry Month, I would be remiss not to remind you, dear reader, that, like Chicken Man (the hero of 1960s WHB AM radio), “Poetry is everywhere, it’s everywhere!”  more
Growing up, my grandpa taught me the importance of meeting your promises. I was a bit of a knucklehead as a kid. more
Putin crosses a line
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Where can the United States and its allies fight Putin's murderous rampage in Ukraine? The answer is everywhere, with every weapon available.   more
This week continues Calvin Trillin’s FRIED-CHICKEN WAR essay that appeared in the March 8, 1982, edition of The New Yorker magazine. more
While I could list big-ticket items in my home easily, I am not currently prepared to list all of my possessions in the case of a massive disaster such as a tornado, fire or even theft.   more
What’s the Buzz…
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My fascination with bees goes back many years.  I remember going out in our clover-filled backyard when I was a child, jar in hand to capture bees so I could look at them up close without fear of being stung. more
A springtime carbonara
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Think of pasta carbonara as the Italian version of chicken soup. It's humble and comforting and requires the simplest of ingredients.  more
A Time of Preparation
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We are now in late April, and while I’ve already mowed my back yard for the first time, we are still in the time of lawn preparation.  more
Too Much Stock?
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The volatility in the stock market so far this year may be hitting some older investors harder than it should. They might need to make some changes to their investment portfolios.  more
Most Americans are spectators in today's most critical struggle for democratic values — being battled at every hour of every day in Ukraine. But in another vital struggle for democracy, a third of Americans are spectators.   more
Like sands through the hourglass …
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I have a grainy, black and white snapshot of my family, taken in 1961, that shows all nine of us dressed to the nines; Dad, my brothers and me in coats, ties and shined leather shoes. more
Big liars, big lies
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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin share a deeply dangerous trait: They are both Big Liars, and they embrace their own Big Lies.  more
Revisiting the fried chicken war
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Former Pittsburg resident Jason Bosseau, who now lives in New York City, recently sent me a copy of the March 8, 1982 edition of The New Yorker magazine, in which humorist Calvin Trillin published: U.S. JOURNAL: CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS FRIED-CHICKEN WAR. I contacted Trillin by email and he graciously gave permission to reprint it in The Morning Sun. more
Our suffering world
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I'm glad we care to light buildings in the colors of the Ukrainian flag here in the United States, but Ukrainians are far from the only people suffering in the world today.   more
I Think That I Shall Never See…
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Quick — name the poet who wrote “Trees.” Joyce Kilmer. Now can you recite the rest of the poem?   more
Recession speedbumps ahead
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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. more
Deconstructing the spring roll
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If you like Thai and Vietnamese spring rolls — the fresh ones that are wrapped in rice paper, bursting with vegetables and shrimp — you will like this salad. more
A Place to Make
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In my head I see a video of when I was in grade school. It might’ve been in kindergarten or first grade, but certainly not later than that. more
Defying the apparent hopes of many in the national media, former University of Kansas Professor Feng “Franklin” Tao was convicted last Thursday of hiding ties to the Chinese government while employed at KU.  more
1,000,000 barrels of oil a day
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