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I have lost count of the number of, appliances, computers, cell phones and other pieces of equipment that I have had to lay aside, dispose of or replace for lack of repair parts. It seems I have a knack for purchasing equipment that becomes outdated minutes after I purchase it. 

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My family and I had been planning a special camping trip for several weeks. The day finally arrived, and our camper was loaded up, hitched up and parked in front of our house, waiting for us to hit the road. 

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After being confined to the house by COVID-19 for several weeks, my wife was more than ready to be somewhere else, anywhere else, as long as she could still be safe. 

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The Kansas wheat harvest has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Although I lived in the country as a child, my father was not a farmer. But my aunts and uncles were, and each year I spent part of the harvest riding on the combine with my uncle or in the grain truck as my aunt …

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At one time or another, most of us have had unwanted varmints show up inside of our homes or businesses. Some of them, such as large beetle bugs or an occasional cricket, really don’t bother me very much. 

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For my family and I, having to isolate ourselves from others has been one of the worst parts of COVID-19. With the required isolation and so many closed businesses, it felt like the entire world had shut down, and left us totally abandoned. So many things that had been a normal part of our l…

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No matter how you look at it, COVID-19 has made things difficult, frustrating, and unpleasant. But while it would be easy to just focus on all of the bad things about this pandemic, I have found that even in dire circumstances, positive things can still be found.

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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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