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With the continued spread of COVID-19, many people are now confined to their homes, only leaving to obtain necessities or healthcare. Those who work in jobs considered to be essential, like mine, are being allowed a little more freedom. 

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With the shelves of our pantry growing bare, and our freezer nearly empty, I recently decided that it was time to make a trip to the store. My needs were simple, some hamburger, some bread, potatoes, and eggs, just normal everyday food items. I wasn’t out to buy large quantities, I only want…

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Right now, I feel like “Dorothy” from “The Wizard of Oz,” except I want to click my worn flip-flops three times, close my eyes and repeat to myself, “Get me out of my home!”

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There is an event that takes place twice each year, and I always dread it.  I don’t like having to turn my clocks ahead one hour in the spring or back one hour in the fall. I wish we could just leave our clocks alone.

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Most of the time I prefer to live my life very cautiously. I don’t like to take unnecessary chances, and I do everything I can to be safe. Some people would probably say I am boring and cowardly, but I really enjoy being alive and staying in one piece.

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Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. I just don’t like the cold. No matter how much clothing I put on, I’m still cold and miserable when I visit the so-called winter wonderland.  

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Now that the Super Bowl is behind us, it’s time for the next big event on the calendar. No, I’m not talking about about basketball. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. 

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For as long as I can remember, our nation has been at war. A constant and often violent warfare has raged on through my entire life. I can’t remember ever living in a time of peace and tranquility.

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It almost seems impossible for me to believe that I am living in the year 2020.  I was born in the mid 1900s. When I was a child, the thought of seeing the year 2000 always seemed like a fantasy. 

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Another Christmas has come and gone and a new decade has begun. December just seems to arrive earlier and go by a little faster every year. I am never ready for the holiday season to end. 

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Anyone who has ever set up and maintained a large Christmas light display will probably agree with me. There are two requirements, you have to love Christmas and you have to be a little bit crazy. OK, maybe you have to be a completely insane. 

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This year my family and I said goodbye to a very dear friend. For many years, this friend has been a guest in our home during the entire Christmas season. Over the past few years, we have sadly watched as our friend’s physical condition slowly began to fail. With so many wonderful memories, …

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I thought it would be fun to visit with a few local families and learn about the traditions that are part of their holiday celebrations. I posed the question on The Ark City Ask and Answered Facebook page, and received some enthusiastic responses.

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I don’t know how many times I have heard people say that their vote doesn’t matter, that one vote more or less is insignificant. The results of a recent election have proven that statement to be untrue.

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I just don’t understand it, how can it be November already? How is it possible for this year to be almost over? Have the days become shorter? Is the clock ticking faster? Where did all the days, weeks, and months of 2019 go? 

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When fall arrives in Cowley County, there is no shortage of fun things to do. After the bluegrass festival in Winfield, get ready for the  Last Run Car Show, Art in the Park, Arkalalah, and then it’s time for Halloween. 

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The Walnut Valley Festival is nothing short of amazing. While bluegrass is not my favorite genre of music, I can’t help being mesmerized by the skill of the musicians. 

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When it comes to local restaurants, our choices in Arkansas City are somewhat limited. But when it comes to pizza, our crust runneth over. And from what I hear, we may soon have a few more. 

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When I was a child, camping out in a tent was a lot of fun. I never seemed to notice the hard ground, the insects, or the hot, muggy nights. But as an adult, I have no desire to rough it, so 16 years ago my wife and I purchased a used camper. 

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A friend of mine owns a large rural property a few miles south of Pratt. The only residents are the cows, horses, goats and a donkey named Jack. Sometimes Jack gets a bit loud, but the animals never cause any real problems. 

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The Cowley County Fair is once again in full swing. Considering the amount of flood damage that the fairground received,  having the fair still take place this year, and on schedule, is something to celebrate.  

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During the last 65 years, I have learned how to do a wide variety of important things. I’ve learned how to follow instructions, take care of my belongings, work hard and play nice with others. 

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Another Independence Day is in the history books. According to our first responders in Ark City where fireworks are legal, the only major incident was a vehicle fire caused by a roman candle. That incident occurred in the country.

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