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Columns

  • Guest column: ‘History behind the Graham Mansion’

    The following article was shared with the Declaration by Olen L. Quesenberry. His previous article, “A man with a million books,” was published in the Declaration in September 2015.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Do you ever feel like a cluttered bag?‘

    Before the internet was all social media and cat memes, people relied on custom-tailored blog sites to express themselves online. And my little corner was fabulous — well, to me, anyway.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Journaling Junkies‘

    If you’re a person who is into journaling, I highly recommend spending some time on Pinterest. Go ahead, take a few minutes the next time you’re bored at home, and feast your eyes on these beautiful things.
    I started scrapbook journaling when I was in college; mainly by ripping pictures out of magazines and gluing in small mementos like ticket stubs and letters I’d written to my friends. I’d spend hours arranging papers on a blank sheet to achieve that perfect look, which more often than not was a complete mess (but a gorgeous one).

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Stovetop warrior‘

    We’re a few weeks into the year now, and hopefully done with all of the holiday meals and cleanup duty… right?!?!
    Even with our lack of Christmas decor this year, we weren’t at a loss for cleaning up messes at our house. I guess there’s just something about being caught up in the holiday spirit that causes families to temporarily lose our minds. Eventually we find each other again amidst the rubble of empty cardboard boxes and balled-up wrapping paper, but it’s touch-and-go there for a few hours after the gifts are opened.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Mobile storage options‘

    You know what is really annoying? Cell phones and their infuriating lack of space when it comes to storing content that we actually want.
    Just this past week, I got the dreaded “storage full” notification while I was trying to take a picture of Bunnald Weasley (my rabbit) doing something cute; so I checked my files to see what had overfilled the drive this time. I tend to keep a close eye on my available data and which apps on my phone tend to be the biggest storage-suckers, and everything seemed pretty normal.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Post-Christmas DIYs‘

    Well, guys, we made it! Another year, another Christmas over and done with. Hopefully everyone got what they wanted, and survived the holidays without being hit too hard with empty wrapping paper tubes.
    I, for one, am geared up and ready for the new year; and from what I’ve seen on my Facebook feed for the past… well, YEAR or so, many of you are, too. Of course, we still have that span of the year between Christmas and New Year’s that many of us aren’t quite sure what to do with, right?

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Oh the shopping outside is frightful...‘

    Well you guys, it was rough, scary, and at times I felt like ripping out my own hair, but I did it: the Christmas shopping is done. But trust me, it was not easy; and I, for one, have learned a valuable lesson.
    Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, wait until the middle of December to do your Christmas shopping.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Non-traditional holiday norms‘

    It’s definitely not the most traditional of holidays in our household this year. The most notable of which? We’ve decided not to put up a Christmas tree.
    *Dodged pitchforks and snowballs* Hold on, hold on… we kind of have a reason for that, other than pure laziness, I promise! Don’t hate me, Santa!

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Outlets for de-stressing‘

    Hello, everyone!
    I come to you from a very sad place this week: 2 in the morning, where I can’t sleep partly because of very loud snoring (nope not my husband, my DOG is snoring louder than a chainsaw in a forest full of sequoias) and partly because the pile of work waiting for me in about four hours has worried me into one of my biggest stress headaches of the year.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘I’ll be happy when...‘

    When I attended my niece’s high school graduation a handful of years ago, a speech from her principal really struck a chord with me. In a nutshell, he warned the auditorium full of graduates against becoming caught in the “I’ll be happy when,” loop.