• Sacajawea – The traditional story

    Last week’s column gave an account of Sacajawea, the Shoshone Indian girl, whose husband was Toussaint Charbonneau, a French trapper. She was about 16 when she and Charbonneau agreed to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 to the Pacific Ocean. She was not …

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  • Young man headed for West Point shows us we all can do better

    Sometimes you just have to reach out and ask for help. This week, I’m asking for yours. When I had the opportunity to sit down with 18-year-old Shawn Young and write his story, I didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past and …

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  • Family planning doesn’t trump cancer treatment

    A few months ago my husband got a bad cold. It wasn’t your normal run-of-the-mill cold either. Three weeks into it and after two rounds of antibiotics, the wheezing still wasn’t getting any better. The doctor finally diagnosed him with seasonal asthma. Turns out it’s …

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  • So how do you channel a toddler’s spirit?

    “We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 20 years telling them to sit down and shut up.” —Phyllis Diller   Phyllis Diller may be only partially right in the above statement. There are …

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  • Market for unthinkable now common

    It’s unbeknownst to me, even for someone without kids, at how a person could forget to leave a child in a hot car, but sadly, it happens. Changes in routine, distraction, drugs, alcohol are no excuses for why. In 2013, 44 children in the U.S. …

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  • Tired of being tired: Bottoms up!

    Now that I have nearly dominated the coupon world, I have set out a new goal — to get healthy. I’m tired of being tired. I want to feel good again and through research I have found I have to get back to the basics …

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  • Learning about Sacajawea

    A book, “In Calico and Crinoline: True Stories of American Women 1608-1865,”  that once held a place in the Oil Trough School Library and was first published in 1935, was written by Eleanor Sickels with 19 drawings by Ilse Bischoff and tells 18 stories about …

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  • Squawking for a reason

    I misjudged you. For weeks you squawked at Luke and me as we made our way along the Greenway Trail at Fitzhugh Park. It was as if you, and your little duck buddy, didn’t want us around your turf and I admit, it unnerved me. …

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  • Doctor cures cancer and nearly loses his license for it

    Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is a biochemist and a physician in Houston who is curing cancer but nearly lost his medical license for it. Burzynski found that peptides from blood and urine could be used to treat cancer patients and was doing so with good results …

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  • Authentic Norse sites found

    Well, those who write history have pulled these kind of shenanigans before, so this latest is not particularly surprising, but it does seem like these people would catch on that in the days of the Internet, their unscrupulous actions will bring condemnation and scorn upon …

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  • Seeing Cookie Monster in person

    There are few songs that will transport me back to childhood like the “Sesame Street” theme. I may live to be 100 and may not ever forget “Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell …

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  • Amtrak’s writer residency a chance for creativity

    Well, it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching a midnight train headed for some direction I’ve never been (or have), writing about whatever comes to mind, but at least Amtrak was kind enough to let me know.  Earlier this year, thanks to a tip from …

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