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Mixed Tape: Your Summer Soundtrack

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Audio cassette tape By Sheri Boggs I’ve made, and received, a lot of mixed tapes over the years. The early ones were literally tapes; hand-labeled cassettes painstakingly recorded in front of the radio and full of an 11-year old’s dubious taste (Electric Light Orchestra, Donna Summer). As technology evolved, so did my mixes and I blew through stacks […]

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Living in a Screen Saver: learning to love hiking with my dog

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ScreenSaver By Jane Baker Other than the trail being uphill and I being a bit out-of-shape, I had stepped into a screen saver, surrounded by a lush green forest and the spring run-off rushing down the stream providing the perfect soundtrack for the splendid setting. My legs were beginning to ache as it seemed like I […]

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The Search For Rejuvenation

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Search for Rejuvenation. Taking care of yourself when life is good, so you have the reserves to make it through the bad. by Aileen Luppert I attended a job training a few weeks ago. After three days of intense conversations and reflections, I was exhausted, but optimistic about how to apply all the lessons learned. Many of the people in the room (including me) seemed to sense the enormity of what might be ahead and we went […]

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Sci Fi Summer

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kelsey is excited about her summer full of Sci Fi fiction, movies, and television. by Kelsey Hudson So much science fiction to enjoy this summer and so little time! It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I grew up on science fiction films, books, and television. I watched Star Wars along with Full House and read my dad’s old Star Trek paperbacks between Babysitter’s Club books. It […]

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Kid-Friendly Greenbluff

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

Rachel talks about her favorite places to visit on Greenbluff that are all kid friendly. By Rachel Edmondson There are many things to love about Greenbluff. There’s the fresh produce you can either pick yourself or buy freshly harvested, beautiful scenery, and a variety of fun products you can buy such as lavender, jams, pies, and even gift shop items at some farms. With about 50 independent farms and vendors […]

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What To Do With an English Major

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_EnglishMajor By Cara Strickland When I was an English major in college, I was often faced with that question. The one that is rarely posed to business majors, but almost always asked of those studying the liberal arts. “What are you going to do with that?” This happened at family gatherings, occasionally in the supermarket, and […]

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Try Tri Again

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_TryTri_swim by Gwendolyn Haley It was the name that got me. After years of running around in matching Wonder Woman swimsuits with my big sister, pretending to be Linda Carter, how could I not jump at the chance of signing up for a sprint triathlon called the West Plains Wunder Woman? Never mind that at the […]

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Liquid Lit: Booze and Book Pairings

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiquidLit by Sheri Boggs Pairing drinks with books is an exercise in mood and mixology. With food, it’s a little easier. The flavors of the beverage are there to enhance and highlight the flavors of the food. And if you run into trouble there are countless books, websites and even apps advising everything from what wines […]

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Toaster: Free to Good Home

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GlutenFree_Toaster By Kim Harshberger I hate the term gluten-free. It brings up a lot of negative connotations, misunderstandings, and sometimes, abject horror. It also doesn’t begin to describe the choice my husband and I have made for our family. To be clear, no one in the family has a negative physical response to gluten. We do […]

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Best. Massage. Ever.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Jane shares her experience get the Best. Massage. Ever. on her trip to Bali. by Jane Baker I may have fallen asleep, although I didn’t mean to. The light breeze from the ceiling fan cooled my skin as massaging hands kneaded away at the muscles underneath, the sweet scent of frangipani, soft trickling of a nearby waterfall, then…a rooster. I opened my eyes, focusing on the perfectly manicured toes […]

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