In the 70s, politicians coined the term "misery index" - used to describe the combination of inflation with unemployment. Teenagers have their own misery index, but theirs has nothing to do with the Consumer Price Index. Instead, it has everything to do with parents who ruin their lives - or at least a couple minutes of them, which in their world is an eternity. These days it seems that's my specialty - bringing parental reality to their world. So here is my top 10 teenage misery index:
The day after Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year. No, it is not because of the highly touted after Christmas sales. It is because 33 years ago today I was married to John Krug. We had a simple wedding; I made my dress and we bought John a new suit. My sister, Delma, and John's brother, Phil, completed our wedding party. My cousin played the organ and the pastor's wife sang "Color My World." Our fifty guests included family who extended their holiday visit and close friends who made a road trip to Hanover ...
As I sit at my computer tying up loose ends of the programs for 2010 and listening to my favorite Christmas CD's, I am reminded at how special this time of year is. The months click by so quickly; I can hardly believe that 2011 is just a couple weeks away. A couple of short articles in the newsletter I subscribe to that is written in both English and Spanish caught my eye.
Santa, it's that time again - my annual Christmas list. Let's get right to it.
"Say, did I ever tell you the story about…?" And so would begin another exciting story as told by Bill VanSkike. At times there may have been a group of 10 or 12 people gathered around but it seemed Bill was just as content to have even one person listening to his story.
The end of the year is a time for everyone to assemble their "best of" lists.
We hear it on the news every year at this time; many people add five to ten pounds to their body weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. As we learned in the program "Holiday Traditions Around the World" many of the celebrations at holiday time are centered around food. Some of the best holiday recipes that people pass on to their younger family members are full of rich ingredients. So what can you do to prove the weight gain statistic wrong and still enjoy the holidays? Read on for some suggestions.
I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. Now that we are in to the holiday season, it makes squeezing in work and routine tasks an even greater challenge. Here are some strategies to help you manage your time and energy:
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The 76th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration was held on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2010. The theme was "4-H A Winning Hand". Julie Bitter, 4-H Council secretary, and Ashley Lockwood, 4-H Council Treasurer, served as the emcees. The Kansas 4-H Key Award is the most prestigious award that a 4-H member can earn. Candidates must have exhibited outstanding contributions in leadership, citizenship, community service. They also must participate in county, area and state events including demonstration contests, judging contest and must hold club and county offices. In simple terms, it recognizes 4-H members who have lived up to the high ideals expressed ...
Editors note – Matts counterpart as a freelance columnist, Denise Snodell, have decided to engage in a point-counterpoint discussion on a timely topic."
Nutrition facts labels are intended to guide consumers in choosing and using food products wisely. Many times, the label is overlooked until after unnecessary calories, cholesterol, fat, sodium or sugar has been consumed. It's a good idea to take the time to read labels first, checking serving size and calorie content.
For most of my teenager years, Mondays evenings were synonymous with one thing - Boy Scouts - which remains partial to that weekday.
This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
I can truly say that within my first three months as the volunteer coordinator with Volunteers In Action I have been so enlightened and rejuvenated. It's as if my eyes have truly been opened for the first time in the 15 years I've lived in Great Bend. I'm honestly a little embarrassed to admit this, but I also feel fairly confident in knowing I'm not the only 30-something working mom whose life has taken place inside the bubble of her immediate surroundings.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is exceedingly fortunate to be receiving the last painting completed by its namesake for the permanent collection. The Hale family is donating the 1953 oil painting to the Gallery and the public is invited to attend a reception scheduled to celebrate the event at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th.
Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, September 22, on your calendar and get ready to celebrate Family Day. For the past twelve years the fourth Monday of September has been noted as Family Day, a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or ...
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The past 20 years September has been designated as National Food Safety Month. Often times I devote a column or two and offer training related to this important subject during September and this year is no exception. The web site is full of great information that focuses on five main areas of concern when it comes to food handlers. Those areas include:
Army Pfc. Curry Thomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
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