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Last week I observed children picking out boxes of Valentines to exchange with their schoolmates and it took me back to grade school. Remember the excitement of those days before Feb. 14 — decorating your “mailbox” at school that sat on your desk, just waiting to be filled with a flurry of small white envelopes? more
Memories of the Gay Parita
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Isn’t it interesting how a single event can “trigger” your memory? That happened to me this past week when I learned that there was to be an auction at the Gay Parita in Carona, Kansas, last Sunday.  more
I probably shouldn’t admit this in print, especially knowing the director will read it, but there are days I feel like I could do my job in my sleep. more
Special Olympics of Kansas (SOKS) will be hosting its Southeast Kansas Regional Basketball Competition next Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 8, at the Weede Gymnasium on the Pittsburg State University Campus. more
It’s a bowl-food time of year
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When the weather is gray and cold, it's time to pull out the big bowls. Winter soups and stews are hefty and can lean rich, meant to encourage slurping with big spoons and passing napkins to catch … more
January is for slow-cooking
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It's a slow-cooking time of year, which calls for a meal like this: an aromatic pot of braised short ribs, blanketed in a richly fortified sauce, exuding warmth and comfort. more
Beat the weather with these spicy tacos
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The bleaker the weather, the brighter the food, I say. It's the new year, and January can be a cold, wet and dark second act following the holiday festivities. A perfect antidote is to create light and vibrant food to ward off the seasonal blues and balance out any celebratory excesses.  more
PSU to host Eva Jessye Salute
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Pittsburg State University is inviting the public to attend a free event in February celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Eva Jessye, a Southeast Kansas native and Artist in Residence at PSU from 1978 to 1981.  more
A fresh and bright tartare for the new year
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Party food can be healthy, too. In fact, during the festive season, it's important to have a few recipes up our sleeves that are fancy enough to be invited to a holiday party while balancing the season's excess. more
How to bake perfect Christmas cookies
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Everybody enjoys baking and decorating cookies for the Christmas season. For many households it is a family tradition that will hopefully be passed down to future generations, as these traditions become memories that will last a lifetime.   more
A curried holiday timeout
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Do you need a holiday timeout? When we are in the eye of the storm, aka the lull between Thanksgiving and December celebrations, it helps to step off the conveyor belt of planning, cooking, baking and entertaining. more
Members of P.E.O. Chapter AQ surprised JoAnn “Joanie” Steele of Pittsburg at their December auction on Tuesday with a card shower and bouquet in recognition of her 65 years as a member of the sisterhood.  more
A candlelit tradition
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If you celebrate Christmas, when do you get your tree? We wait until the week before Christmas to get ours. It's important that our tree is fresh and not dry for the holiday, because we celebrate Christmas Danish-style: by lighting live candles on the branches. more
Weir native makes a new life in Japan
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Born and raised in southeast Kansas, Jim Rion found a new life in Japan as a freelance writer and translator for the local tourism industry in Yamaguchi, writing about the local sake industry, Japanese culture, and travel. more
The wonder of Wheeler's on Broadway
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This week’s story by Ben George tapped directly into memories of cars, airplanes, ships, etc. as well as balsa wood for crafting your own imaginative constructions — Wheeler’s Arts & Hobbycrafts at 604 N. Broadway in Pittsburg.  more
A sweet baking tradition
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The holiday season is full of traditions. Traditions bring pleasure and reassurance. They give us something to look forward to, and in times of difficulty or uncertainty, traditions root and comfort us. more
The gift of health
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Is your health and fitness on your mind this time of year? If your answer was “no,” you are not alone! November and December are some of the busiest months of the whole year for many! more
A native of Hawaii, Johnathan De Soto enrolled as a graduate music student at Pittsburg State University in 2021 without having ever stepped foot on campus.   more
A perfectly imperfect tarte
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When it comes to a dessert, a baked upside-down anything is a winner — even when it's a mistake. A tarte Tatin is a classic French upside-down fruit tart, traditionally made with apples. more
Nativity Festival
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This Friday and Saturday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Pittsburg will hold its sixth annual Nativity Festival, which will feature almost 300 nativities.   more
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