• Outdoors recipe … omelet in a bag

    This is a great camping recipe for those who want a wholesome breakfast without all the fuss.  Here’s what you need: Quart size Zip-lock bag, mixing bowl, 2 eggs, chopped fresh mushrooms, l chopped onion, chopped fresh peppers, precooked bacon, precooked chopped ham/sausage, salt/pepper.  Blend …

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  • Those front porch pleasures

    Ahh, the joys of a front porch, they are many, as I’m finding out since my wife’s recent purchase of new wicker porch furniture. If you have a porch and aren’t aware of all its pleasures I will give you a rundown of those I …

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  • Wrong attention is not surprising

    Here comes another way to romanticize a life of crime: Enter the “hot felon.” Thirty-year-old Jeremy Meeks whose mug shot has gone viral was arrested June 18 on gun charges in California, but he’s getting more attention for his good looks. The mug shot has …

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  • History being destroyed

    We all know war destroys lives and property but the war in the Middle East is also destroying history. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) militants have been destroying antiquities across the Middle East and there seems to be no end in sight. Reverence for …

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  • 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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