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 Parenting is not an easy job, and yes it is a job. It often comes with struggles to relate to your children without being caught in the ‘parent’ trap... and no, not the 1961 Hayley Mills classic or the 1998 Lindsay Lohan remake, which to be honest wasn’t bad, but give me the classic anyday. 

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Branson Tri-Lakes News Entertainment Editor Tim Church and I were sitting in the office talking about this Christmas edition of the paper you’re now reading and I asked him what I thought was a simple question.

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One of the problems with moving to a new area is your “go to” places for food at your old home base are gone, and it can take years to find a place which is in the same ballpark. You know those things: the food items which provide comfort, or help you get off to a good mental start, and if y…

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There is a real challenge when you start talking about any kind of gun related issue; people get entrenched in their views on the Second Amendment and allow it to color anything else which might be remotely related to guns. They’ll seek to see actions taken which may not be connected anywher…

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Sometimes life takes you by surprise. I never really know what one day will bring, especially as a reporter. Over the years I’ve been blessed with some tremendous opportunities to experience things and meet people I have only had the chance to do, because of my career. 

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You’re reading this column some time after Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, but I’m writing it on Wednesday of the same week. Today marks six months since my mother died and despite the best efforts of friends, family, and professionals, I’m still nowhere near being over the loss of mom.

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By the time you read this, the title of “sports editor” will no longer apply to me. My heart aches as I type this. Monday, Oct. 25, was my last day with the Branson Tri-Lakes News.

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Why do nice guys finish last? The answer is pretty simple. The nice guys are last, because chances are they were too busy holding the door open for everyone else who finished before them. That’s probably an oversimplification of a metaphor, but honestly I don’t think it’s too far from the truth. 

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The sun is setting earlier, the wind is chillier, the rain is more consistent, and yet, I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that we aren’t even 10 days separated from November.

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There are not a lot of good things I can say about Facebook, but it does allow you to keep in touch with family members who are far away, reconnect with people you may have genuinely lost touch with that matter to you, and it brings back reminders of times past that may have more meaning thr…

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I have begun to read stories of people who are actually losing their jobs because employers are mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, or who have tendered their resignations because of such an edict and are now actually without a job or income. In reading those stories, I found a serious amount o…

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One of the aspects of moving to a new community I frankly don’t like all that much is the process of finding a new church family. When I moved to Springfield from Arkansas a few years ago, it took me almost a full year to find a church where I felt like I belonged and could really dig in. 

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Budgeting is something we do, whether consciously or not everyday. We budget our money, we budget our time. We are taught or at least we should be taught how to budget things like money and time as we grow up.  

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It was 1988, I was 17, and I was an outcast. I was bullied, insulted, and undermined by kids I went to school with. I was left out of social circles and thought the people I went to school with would be significantly happier if I was dead. I honestly believed at the time if I did it, my form…

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One of the wonders of a child with autism is the way their mind works. Just when you think you have figured them out, they’ll say or do something that leaves you amazed.

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The  US Government has different color codes when the nation is attacked. Green is safe, orange means the area might be in danger, the state of New Jersey, on 9/11, was red. I was ten years old, listening to my teacher at the start of our history portion of the class when one of the 6th grad…

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This is what happened to me on 9-11-01.  I woke up at around 5:50 am Tuesday morning to beat the traffic into work. The first thing I remember about the day is that I went into the girls’ room to kiss Luann goodbye.  I kissed her on the head and expected her to wake up for a second and say g…

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My son, Eli, is on the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed at 18 months, so we were fortunate we were able to get him therapy which has helped him become moderately functioning. He can do many things for himself, but he will never be able to live completely on his own. 

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I traveled internationally for the first time going into my sophomore year of high school. I went with a group from my church, where I knew everyone, to Peru, where we spent about a week and a half. Smooth travels. 

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First and foremost, I want to make you aware of an item coming up for a vote at the next Board of Alderman meeting, on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. The Animal (PET) Ordinance is on the agenda for a final approval. We have appreciated your input during our three public town hall meetings. Please…

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While you’re reading this, I’m probably lying on a white sandy beach, as the ocean waves lap around my toes, with my new husband.

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In this day and age we are all constantly on our phones and our favorite technological device. I could never have imagined as a child that I would be able to carry a phone that would fit into my pocket with me wherever I went and have the instantaneous ability to talk or write to anyone anyw…

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I have a friend who, for all the years I’ve known them, holds an unshakable belief that our friends and family who shuffle off the mortal coil are still watching over us and if we pay attention, will communicate with us.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m not the most extroverted person and sharing who I am does not come easily to me. Thus my hesitation to write an editorial since starting this job in March. 

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I had no idea it would be the last time I would ever talk to my mother.

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The term masking up always makes me think of the superheroes that rush in to save the world from impending doom. Capes flying in the wind, and ordinary citizens welcoming someone braver, stronger, and with an exceptional moral compass to save the day.

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In March 2020, schools around the country shut down due to COVID-19 and parents everywhere were thrown into a new role as full time teachers. This put a strain on several parents that I know but some seemed to find joy in teaching their children that they had never had before.