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Off and running with resolutions
Posted Wednesday, January 4, at 10:24 AM
It is only day four of the new year and I am already struggling to keep those New Year Resolutions. But with this blog entry, I am on task for one of my resolutions: to sit down and write at least once a week. So I am technically one-for-one. Give me a gold star. As for all those other resolutions....let's just say that every day is a chance to start over...

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To phone or not to phone
Posted Tuesday, October 5, at 2:55 PM

My oldest daughter recently celebrated her 14th birthday and at the top of her wish list was a common theme: a cell phone. And once again, her birthday came and went without the purchase of a cell phone for her. That doesn't mean the begging stopped. Rather, her persistence just continued with a different reason behind it: end of school's first quarter, Christmas, Boxing Day in Canada...

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Venturing onto the ice...all for a dog
Posted Wednesday, December 16, at 9:15 AM

While this story is about a dog (and not a particularly smart one at that as you will soon find out), the real purpose is to thank the people who ended up saving the dog. Last Friday, my Great Pyrenees, Rufus, fell into our ponds south of Barnett Park and the Republican River. The assumption is that he was chasing geese and likely fell in or decided to swim after them. Either way, he was then unable to get out of the partially frozen pond...

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Yes, we made it home
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 11:00 PM

For those who have been following the trials and tribulations on this year's BRAN ride, my riding partner, Candy Crosby, and I both made it home safe and sound Saturday evening. While I had the full intention of writing a blog each evening, lack of computer access as well as trips to the pools (all of them heated despite being smaller than McCook - hint, hint McCook City Council) with kids prevented a nightly report...

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And then the winds changed
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 9:18 PM

If Day #2 on BRAN, which started traveled from Cambridge to Alma, was a 10, then Day #3 would be nearly the opposite. Is there a -10 on the 0 to 10 scale? I knew things did not look good when I awoke to the pitter-patter of rain at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. That's when I pushed my non-riding husband out of the camper to put away all the chairs and bags so they wouldn't get wet...

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That's why we ride
Posted Monday, June 8, at 3:18 PM

If you had to rate day #2 on BRAN, it would easily be a 10. This morning, the sun was shining, the wind was nary to be found and none of the hills between the starting point of Cambridge and the finishing point at Alma were torturous. The hardest part was keeping an adequate layer of sunscreen on the nose and shoulders...

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54 down, 400 miles to go
Posted Sunday, June 7, at 10:37 PM

The first day of BRAN is over and there were enough memorable moments to fill a small notebook or at least a few pages, but we'll just hit the highlights. I should note that the 800-plus miles of training that Candy Crosby and I put in seemed to have paid off. I'm completely exhausted, but not sore...

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Let the BRAN fun begin
Posted Saturday, June 6, at 10:55 PM

After months of training, the time has arrived to embark on a new endeavor - BRAN 29. If you were up and about between Trenton and Cambridge on Sunday morning, then you likely saw hundreds of bicyclists cruising east on Highway 6&34. I will be one of them. There are several other riders from McCook, including my training-mate, Candy Crosby, as well as cyclists from surrounding towns who are taking on this week-long adventure...

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New fountains are worth the drive
Posted Friday, April 3, at 2:44 PM

While we may sometimes question how government - local, state or federal - spend our taxes, the money was well spent on the fountains at Barnett Park. For those who have visited or driven by the park on the southern edge of McCook, the four fountains have been up and running for several weeks now...

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Reconsidering desire to snowboard
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 7:51 AM

I'm already training for a half-marathon and am considering riding in BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska), yet I still felt the need to try something I hadn't done in years...snowboarding. Actually, it wasn't much of a choice. My oldest son had wanted to try snowboarding during our latest ski trip. ...

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Stumped by recycling CFLs, jeans and t-shirts
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 3:16 PM

While I'm not a card-carrying tree-hugger, I do my part to protect the environment - usually for ulterior motives. I hang my family's laundry on the clothes line rather than using the drier. Aside from saving all the electricity drying the clothes, I can get eight loads washed and hung on the line in less than two hours. I'm game for anything that keeps me out of the laundry room, no matter what how it is decorated...

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Three
Posted Wednesday, February 11, at 10:26 AM

The number three seems to be the major number in my life right now. Three is the number of years it has nearly been since I stopped writing my column "Express Lane" in the Gazette. But with this blog, I've returned to writing, at least occasionally...

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