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The Playhouse

The story of Peter walking on the water was always a favorite when I sat with my young peers around the knee-high table in my Sunday school room. Our teacher gave the basic Bible information, but my imagination brought the story to life. I felt the spray of the stormy, cold waves – heard the […]

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Spring fever in February

By Lisa Bryant General Manager It happens every year: the weather warms just enough in February to make me long for spring and everything that goes with it. I enjoy the fall with all the colors, then the leaves fall off the trees and everything looks dead. We go into the holidays and Christmas takes […]

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The Playhouse

By Camille Anding As I look out the window on our winter landscape, I’m trying to remember the trees as they were a few weeks ago – covered in leaves that were splashed in golden hues. Today those trees are towering skeletons with their once-green attire piled in brown heaps beneath them. During my watch, […]

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You don’t have time – only if you don’t want to

By Lisa Bryant, General Manager How many times have you said, “I would love to do something, but I just don’t have time.” I learned that we do have time. We make a choice on how we want to spend our time and will make time for the things that are important to us or […]

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It makes good sense to shop local

By Lisa Bryant General Manager For the past several years, we have seen a push or campaign to shop local. I don’t think we can say often enough why and how important it is for all of us to shop local. Yes, we all go out of town from time to time to shop, but […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Seventy, satisfied and full of cake

It was supposed to be one of those dreaded birthdays. You know the ones when you roll over another number in the “10s” column. I can remember what a downer it was moving from 39 to 40, 49 to 50 and then 59 to 60. I would spend much of the year preceding my birthday […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Feeling good about chores

My two biggest chores of the Christmas season are over. The first one I completed on Monday and the other wound up today. I say “chores,” but they’re not really what most people would call chores. To my father when I was young, a chore was slopping the hogs, milking the cows or feeding the […]

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Wayne Mitchell

A life change 60 years ago

It was 60 years ago when my parents gave up trying to farm in north Missouri and moved to the suburbs of Kansas City. I don’t remember too much about the move, except that it was done because my mother thought my father was working too hard and ruining his health. She was probably right, […]

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Wayne Mitchell

‘Fired’ up at Thanksgiving

It was a traditional Thanksgiving for the Mitchell family. For me, that means not a speck of turkey on my plate. And no dishes to do or leftovers, either. Oh, I can eat turkey, especially if it has been brined overnight so the meat stays moist during the baking. But given the choice, I always […]

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Wayne Mitchell

Enjoying a dreaded trip

Jenny and I had a really good time on a whirlwind trip to Pittsburgh two weekends ago. We hadn’t planned to – have a good time, that is. We weren’t supposed to and we feel a little guilty that we did. We had even dreaded going. Getting up at 3 a.m. on a Friday to […]

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