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Columns

  • Editor’s column: ‘And now, for something completely different’

    When I first started writing this column, I’d originally meant it to be what the new generation would call a weekly “blog,” of sorts; mainly to keep tabs of the ever growing bucket list I’ve been keeping since I was 16. Obviously, given my content over the past year or so, that idea (thankfully) expanded into something that I hope is a little more useful. But to be honest, I feel connected to this community enough now that when something big happens in my life, I want to share it with you. So, here goes.

  • Editor’s column: ‘Smell you later’

    When keeping a clean house, making it smell nice is typically half the battle – especially if you and yours are as on-the-go as much as my family.
    During a typical work week, my husband and I each juggle our work schedules, along with grocery runs and pick-ups and drop-offs for the kids. So we definitely enjoy coming home at the end of the day.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘And now for our feature presentation’

    Unless you missed it somehow, I’m somewhat of a movie freak. And by movie freak, I mean that I’m pretty sure I’ve put the corporate heads behind Best Buy, FYE and Redbox in enough dough to send all of their kids off to college.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Fidget, don’t fret’

    Ladies and gents, I have a little-known factoid about myself that I want to share with you this week: I have been the proud owner of a “fidget” toy for years. And no, it’s not a spinner.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Don’t get mean, get clean!’

    When “Mean Girls” was released in theaters back in 2004, I rushed out to see it along with my older sister and her daughter. And while most people remember that movie for its catchy quotes and frequent use of the “b” word, I remember it for the traumatic experience of sitting in gum at the movie theater.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Here comes the sun’
  • Editor’s Column: ‘The possibilities are jarring’

    Let’s face it: everyone who has an account on any type of social media falls for some form of click bait; whether it’s a quiz about which “Friends” character you are; the top ten Easter eggs hidden in Stephen King novels, or a delicious-looking recipe for crock pot chicken and dumplings.
    Mine, if you haven’t guessed it already, is life hacks; or as I like to refer to them: one person’s trash, with a little creativity, made into the same person’s treasure.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Don’t Bug Me’

    It’s not exactly a new thing to say in this area that the bugs are out of control this year; but seriously, The. Bugs. Are. Out. Of. Control. This. Year!!!

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Saving Space’

    One of my mother’s greatest battles with me when I was a kid was when it came time to sort through my toy collection.
    Every time, she would plop me down in front of a heaping pile of stuffed animals and designate two spots on either side of her: to the left was a trash bag for donations, and to the right was the empty toy box.
    One by one, she’d go through my plushies, and tell me to say one of two things: keep or give away.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘A kind (or unkind) gesture’

    In today’s fast-paced world, we are expected to process a lot of information very quickly. And while many of us mean well, sometimes these bits of information lose a little bit as they travel through the channels of lips and ears in any given community.
    As someone who works in the media, I often look back at that childhood game “telephone” and compare it to real life. Sadly, that game stood to teach us all an important lesson about how meanings get lost in translation.  
    “What? Sally is a secret spy for the CIA?”