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A favorite activity of little girls in any culture is playing Tea Party. We loved to impersonate those most favored princesses, real or fairy tale, in our amusement. Dressing up adds an air of perfection as we play tea party or house.

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“If you don’t have time for things that matter, stop doing things that don’t.” Courtney Carver.

Last week certainly had some nail-biters. Clemson struggled with Georgia Tech, a team that lost to Northern Illinois, who lost by 53 to Michigan. Ohio State pulled away late with a 41-20 win against Tulsa, but if anyone watched that game, the first half was not typical Ohio State football th…

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Looking around my home, I realized it’s a little lopsided. There is only one room that gets direct sunlight, and it is filled with all of my sun-worshipping plants, as well as where all the outdoor, non-hardy plants come to overwinter.

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Housework is like stringing beads with no knot in the end, or getting caught in a revolving door. Nothing inspires cleanliness more than surprise guests. Hiring someone else to do it is the best solution, provided it’s in your budget.

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Weeks ago, I started out contemplating a list of seven words that led me to some universal life truths.

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Summer flower gardens sparkle in cheery runways of bright color brought from waves of petunias, zinnia, lantana and marigolds, along with a host of other summer dazzlers. As summer starts to wind down and the season for these beauties comes to a close, the garden is ready to show off its fal…

We learned a few things in week 1 of the college football season. I believe we learned that the PAC-12 isn't very good, but UCLA is a solid team based on their first two wins against Hawaii and LSU. Secondly, the Georgia Bulldogs proved they have a really good defense and a solid quarterback…

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Outgoing, friendly and fearless, 26-month-old Patsy, a beautiful child, drew attention everywhere she went.

Last weekend's college football games were an appetizer of sorts for the main course of the ”real” start of college football season this weekend. As a die-hard college football fan and just the fall season in general, this is my favorite time of year.

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The last time I was covering high school football, I was watching six-man, eight-man and 11-man football in Montana. Granted, that was only back in 2019-2020, but it feels like forever ago. To have the opportunity to be the on the sideline for the first time covering high school football in …

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As a foodie, when I think of delicious strawberries, I think of summer. As a gardener, on the other hand, I think fall. Strawberries established in the fall will have a much higher yield the following season. I use strawberries often in summer dishes, so a high yield is definitely what I’m l…

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The bright sun and water warmed me thoroughly. Nearly blinded by the glare on the surface, the ball was still within view. Muscles strained to reach it in my struggle while also desperately searching for something solid to stand on.

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I recently sold the house I’d lived in for more than 20 years. During that time, my family and I had accumulated infinite memories and related “stuff.”

It’s officially August. Fall is approaching, and we all know what that means — football. We’re just a couple weeks away from high school football starting and me roaming the sidelines and feeling like a kid on Christmas. We’re also less than two weeks away from the 2021 college football seas…

On the side of our garage, there is a small flower bed that was home to two azaleas. The shrubs were small and weren’t flowering well. The area they were in was not only in full sun, but it was also an area where water seemed to pool.

The golden years sounded fabulous as I anticipated them. It became our dream, but alas, that title is very deceptive. We watched in shock and horror as our skin migrated south, our hair faded, our joints creak and crack and our energy slacked. There is good news — we’re too old to die young.

I knew I wanted this job when I saw it online at the beginning of 2021. I saw the location, I read the description of the job and I knew that’s where I wanted my next stop to be. Fortunately, shortly after I applied I had a chance to interview over Zoom with my editor, Lora Scripps. I had ot…

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Whenever I am writing about a particular flower, the first piece of information that I want to know is its origin — where did it come from, how did it get here, and how did it get its name? Many times, I find that it started in Asia or Europe and was brought to the United States by a travele…

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The older I get, the more I realize life isn’t always easy. Quite often it is far from easy. It is hard.

The new school year is fast approaching, which is good news for me as a sports reporter. I remember as a high school student, with the exception of my senior year back in 2012, I dreaded going back.

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Sage is a low-maintenance herb grown mainly for culinary use, but it has a long history of being used medicinally. From the Latin word “salveo,” meaning to heal or to save, it was used in the Middle Ages to treat fevers, liver disease and epilepsy. It was also used to clean teeth, and modern…

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With a wry smirk and mischievous glint in his eyes, hubby used to say, “Don’t get mad — get even.” Some may be amused by that — me, not so much. Mom used to say, “Scratch your mad place,” meaning “get over it” whenever someone dramatically vented over real or imagined offenses or plain dumb luck.

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“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt,” Erma Bombeck said.

It feels weird to have the Olympics going on right now. It would have felt even weirder to have the Olympics that were regularly scheduled last year in Tokyo. The Olympics have no fans in the stands, a COVID-19 pandemic that the world can’t seem to get rid of, and for many, a loss of an appe…

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Last week, I wrote about basil, the herb that we have dubbed the king of the herbs. Well, it turns out that the French also use that moniker.

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Have you ever been asked to pray aloud in a large group? Or do you pray only in private? Prayers can be said anywhere at any time, but orally, in front of others, out loud, petrified me. The first time I was invited to pray in public was intimidating because the prayers familiar to me were e…

Sidney, Montana was a unique place. A small-town of a little over 6,000 people. It’s a town where everyone knows everybody, and the closest city the size of Athens is an hour away. I didn’t exactly meet a ton of people there in Richland County, but I met a handful of people who I can now cal…

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Basil, also known as the “king of herbs” or “royal herb,” gets its name from the Greek basilikón phutón, meaning “kingly plant.” Folklore varies greatly, with tales of it being able to produce scorpions, warding off the strike of a basilisk serpent and growing at the foot of Christ’s cross, …

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Ah, the memories of lazy, hazy days of summer linger — the most carefree days of my life with no bills to pay, figuring out what to make for dinner or other adult concerns.

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The term “potluck” was coined more than 500 years ago, putting a label on the concept of a communal meal where each guest brings a dish to share. The idea was that if everyone brought a little something, there’d be a little something for everyone. The practice caught on and has been flourish…

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One of the first questions I got in the interview process when I applied for the sports reporter position at the News Courier was who I’d rather root for, the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Auburn Tigers? One of the first questions I received when I first got here when I was on the radio was wh…

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Herbs have been heralded since ancient times for their culinary, medical and aromatherapy aspects. Simon & Garfunkel immortalized parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme with the release of their album of the same name in 1966. Some herbs, such as rosemary, are more popular than others and are…

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The term "muddin'" or "mudding" conjures up images of enormous tires on big, dirty trucks or Jeeps — off-road vehicles — with mud slung and dried even on the rooftops. Our family has a couple of memorable muddy incidents.

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Previously, I’ve postulated an idea related to the vastness of life’s purpose — an idea so wide-reaching it can be summed up in seven words. Can a mere seven words help us establish a focus on the meaning of life? Perhaps.

One of my biggest regrets from my time out in Montana is that I didn’t explore the state. I didn’t really see outside of the city of Sidney and Richland County as much as I would have liked other than my few trips to Billings for state tournaments. It’s a beautiful state with several nationa…

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It’s mid-June, and gardens are thriving with fresh vegetables that are — or are very near — ready to be picked. It is also the time to get a second round of these vegetables in the ground. One of my favorite things to grow in summer are peppers, and because I want to prolong the harvest for …

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Parenting is a tough job. My mistakes are many. There are no do-overs. My children know their mom did the very best she could with the limited knowledge she possessed. Most parents agree, yet none have all the right answers.

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For most of the past two weeks, my sick bed was my comfortable place. Well, actually, there could have been more comfort there. At any rate, illness changes perspectives. We ponder more. We see things as they really are, and priorities shift to those things most important.

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