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“Complete strangers can stand silent next to each other in an elevator and not even look each other in the eye. But at a concert, those same strangers could find themselves dancing and singing together like best friends. That’s the power of music.”

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This summer, I decided I did not want to have a life and took 12 credits - or four summer classes. So far, working fulltime and completing the work for these classes has been an interesting ride, but, I am beyond happy that I chose to do so.    

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Earlier this year, phone numbers from the area - and a lot from out of state callers - would pop up on my cell phone. The numbers looked legit - lots of 851 and 336 prefixes - but since they weren’t programmed into my phone, I wouldn’t answer.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “… the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.”

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As the end of my freshman year of college comes to a close, I cannot help but think how quickly the year has passed by. When I was preparing to start college, I had no idea what to expect. Like many high school graduates, I was unsure of where this new life path would take me. I have always …

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Last week, during a conversation with a friend from my hometown, I realized 2019 marks my (gasp) 40th high school reunion.

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“Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”

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For years, Mom continued work started by her parents, tracing our family’s lineage. My grandparents’ exploration in history began before the internet age made searching genealogy websites a snap, offering the ability to link family trees in a virtual setting.

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“Don’t Blink.” This 2007 country music hit by Kenny Chesney is well heard of. Usually, when you think of it, you are taken back to either your’s or someone else’s high school graduation.

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Sunday, as Nebrasketball prepared for its second-round NIT game against TCU, marked the seventh anniversary of the university’s hiring of Tim Miles as head coach.

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One week ago, as rain began to fall across the state, most people didn’t think about the potential disaster that could greet Nebraskans on Wednesday and Thursday and cripple an entire state.

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An Associated Press headline captured my attention Sunday morning: “Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold.”

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch tells daughter, Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.”

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In his collection, Valentines, Nebraska poet Ted Kooser writes a verse about anticipation and being near a loved one who uncovers a secret:

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Think back to when you were 14 or 15 years old. Most of us were young and dumb, thinking we were invincible, without a care in the world.

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Watch enough cooking challenges on Food Network and you should have little difficulty concocting an out-of-this world recipe.

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A long-standing family Thanksgiving joke started after watching Dudley Moore’s character, Arthur, utter a line about what he’s thankful for.

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When daughter Courtney announced she and boyfriend, Richard, were getting married and wanted a fall-themed wedding, the first words out of my mouth weren’t congratulatory.

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Our family said “toot-a-loo” to Sandi Clarkson, yesterday. It was her word for goodbye to us, every day.

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Arriving home after a long day at the office - especially on deadline day - I sink into my favorite chair, prop my legs on the ottoman, wrap up in my favorite blanket and relax.

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I select seven tiles from the lid of a box, arrange them on the wooden rack in specific order. Vowels first, then consonants, each grouping in alphabetical order.

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