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Ever since I can remember, I have always loved walking in people’s footsteps. My whole life has been a big game of follow-the-leader.
Friday, June, 22, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Free-range CHILDREN. FREE Range-children. Free RANGE children. No matter how you say it, it sounds ridiculous.
Friday, May, 03, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
February was our month, I recall thinking when I was a little girl. My dad and I were both born in February. Winter always reminds me of him. Cork-studded boots, flannel shirts, wool pants, the smell of pine needles and sawdust, that’s my dad – a logger.
Friday, February, 15, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Who will you vote for when the music stops? I just wrapped up coverage of the League of Women Voters Douglas County commissioner candidate forum. It took forever. Ten candidates vying for five seats, sharing their views on queries from the public. That’s a lot of information to process, which makes me wonder: How much information do we retain, how many voters are really informed?
Friday, November, 02, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Welfare check. The first thought that pops into your mind when you hear those two words defines from which side of the tracks you hail. In the Echo Press office, we listen to the police scanner to stay informed on what’s happening in the area. One of the services law enforcement provides is a welfare check, a visit to a residence to inquire on a person’s well-being. Welfare check means something different to me.
Friday, June, 08, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Routine is my middle name and I reside in the serene land of Close-Minded. When I see people in grocery stores or walking on the street, I’ll offer a polite “hello” and continue on my merry way. Routine is comfortable; routine is easy.
Friday, August, 17, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Like just about any job, there are parts of mine that are especially challenging. Especially during the political season. In the 22 years I’ve been editor, I’ve come to realize that if both political parties are angry with me, then maybe I’m doing my job. Or maybe there are lessons to be learned.
Friday, September, 21, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
I still remember the first time I came across Twitter a few years back. Another stupid social network I thought. Today, I’m ready to admit I was dead wrong.
Friday, October, 05, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
As the countdown to graduation begins, I constantly think about becoming part of the “real world” as they call it. Which college will I attend? What will I major in? What legacy will I leave behind? Most importantly, what does my future have in store for me?
Friday, March, 15, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Every kid looks forward to summer for many of the same reasons. Fun in the sun, those lazy summer days at the lake and of course no school for three whole months! All of those things are great, but what I look forward to the most is a place called Trout Lake Camps near Pine River.
Friday, April, 26, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
We honor moms on Mother’s Day for their hard work, sacrifices, and ability to shape the next generation. They deserve our praise for all these things and more. However, we often seem to expect less of dads.
Friday, June, 15, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
I bite into a fresh-from-the-oven brownie. The warm aromas are enticing; I taste the sweet chocolate, the light texture and the child slavery. Wait, what? Slavery only exists in history books, right? It ended with the Civil War, right? Wrong.
Friday, June, 29, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
“Home is the nicest word there is.” That’s one of my favorite lines in the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The word “home” is like a warm, cozy blanket. To me, the word means comfort and security. It brings to mind years of happy memories of a place that offers peace and refuge and quiet from the rest of the world.
Friday, July, 13, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
I was riddled with “senioritis,” approaching finals, dealing with roommate situations, and just plain ready to be done with college. I’d had enough to last a lifetime. But, with less than a month left, I hadn’t even begun to think about where I would apply for a job, where a writing major was needed.
Friday, September, 14, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Wikipedia defines parenting as “the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.” Wish I had that definition when I decided to become a parent 16 years and nine months ago. At that time I relied on Webster’s Dictionary, which simply defined parenting as “the raising of a child.” That sounded a little more doable.
Friday, September, 28, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
So, what do you get when you embrace all these faulty beliefs? You get a culture of people who continually strive to buy more and more stuff, while complaining about how poor they are.
Friday, November, 09, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
There’s that moment when you’re swallowed by the crowd of purple, clinging onto the back of your dad’s jersey, wondering how you’ll ever make it through. You duck your head, distracted by the warm smells of rolling hotdogs and buttered popcorn. The walls move in. Now the opposing fans join the sea of people.
Friday, November, 16, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Have you ever been deflated by that little voice in your head that tells you you’re “too old” to do something? Drown out that voice with some Bruce Springsteen music, or at least follow his lead. His passion for music, combined with his energy, focus and sense of fun make him an ageless wonder.
Friday, November, 23, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
I can’t believe it’s all over. After looking forward to Christmas for so long, it now seems strange to be done with it all for another year.
Friday, January, 04, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
In one short week, we’re going to start seeing those gimmicky shamrocks, leprechaun hats and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” T-shirts. All the bands, dancers and vocalists are gearing up for their Celtic concerts. Local bars are ready to advertise their beer specials. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Friday, March, 08, 2013 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion