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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
Do we all have to celebrate the same holiday to have a happy one? You can’t say Merry Christmas. You can’t pledge allegiance to the flag. You can’t pray in school. Well, in most cases those instances are becoming unacceptable by “society’s” standards. But, whose society?
Friday, December, 21, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
The doctor called this week and said, “You’re clear, no more cancer.” After hearing news like that, you’d think I’d be walking on clouds and sharing wise, cotton-candy-sweet sentiments. But something else has settled into my heart – it’s a strange mix of denial, guilt, relief, humbleness, and a sense of being lost.
Friday, December, 14, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today called for the Farm Bill to be included in any end of the year deal on deficit reduction.
Thursday, December, 13, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - News
It’s time for University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith to shut up his critics. Smith’s tenure at Minnesota has been mired in mediocrity for five years now. Many Gopher fans simply look at the numbers when deciding his level of success. His 103 wins through five seasons is the most in any coach’s first five years in program history.
Friday, December, 07, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
5, 16, 22, 23, 29, 6. Those numbers just changed some lives in a very big way. According to Powerball officials, two tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s lottery drawing to win the nearly $580 million jackpot. Imagine – $580 million. Can you imagine it? I can’t.
Friday, November, 30, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
When you compare the fight against the zebra mussel to efforts to control the common dandelion, you can see what we’re up against: A near impossibility.
Friday, September, 07, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Vampires don’t die; they just don’t. So you can imagine my shock when I heard that Jerry Nelson, the voice behind Sesame Street’s Count von Count since his birth in 1972, died last week. I literally dropped to my knees in front of the television and was speechless.
Friday, August, 31, 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
But after finding an old chocolate bar in my room and biting into it expecting a smooth rich substance to envelop my mouth, I found instead, a hard, grainy board and I realized that not even chocolate lasts. But if chocolate doesn’t last forever, then does anything?
Friday, August, 10, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
Disclaimer from the writer: I’m fully aware that there is nothing healthy about this column. I know a salad is a smarter choice than a cheeseburger, but the words just flow so much easier when I’m writing about the naughty, no-no foods.
Friday, August, 03, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion
You hear about Canadian fishing trips and their potential for creating memories that will last a lifetime – last week I got to experience that.
Friday, July, 27, 2012 - Alexandria Echo Press - Opinion