It wasn’t just another headline in the newspaper or soberly delivered report on TV.
Chad Stover played high school football close to here, in the small, central Missouri town of Tipton. He’d turned 17 on November 8, just six days before he died without awakening from a hit he took near the end of a game on Halloween night – tragically underscoring an escalating debate over the safety of America’s favorite sport and whether, or how, it must evolve to survive.
I grew up in love with the Muppets. When I was a little kid, reruns of The Muppet Show aired early in the morning. I would try desperately to wake myself up in time to watch it. Kermit the Frog and company started my day five days a week, or at least as many as I could get myself to the living room on time. I was mesmerized by the antics of those crazy frogs, dogs, pigs, bears, chickens, and monsters, and I believed in them with all my heart.
As the Holidays approach, many families often plan fun activities to enjoy time together. Some families get together to see a holiday themed movie or maybe attend the local tree lighting ceremony. These wonderful family traditions make the holidays such a special time of year. In Excelsior Springs, where I live, it wouldn't be the holidays without visiting the Hall of Trees in the historic Hall of Waters. Each year, businesses and community organizations decorate trees for a fun and festive holiday display that children and adults alike can enjoy.
Hail the Glow Cloud: "Welcome to Night Vale" and the Podcasting Revolution
Imagine a place where all conspiracy theories are true. Where aliens, angels, and Lovecraftian horrors mingle with the citizenry; where a glowing sentient cloud is a member of the school board. Now, imagine that place has a community radio station. You've just entered the small desert town of Night Vale.
We’ve all been there. You are at the library or airport looking for a good book to read. You've checked out all your favorite authors, and they don’t have anything new available. In desperation (they just called your flight or you need to get home to start dinner), you turn to one of the displays and grab a book at random. You begin reading and find that you are really enjoying the story. By the time you reach the last page, you are hooked. You have just found your newest favorite author.
We have all heard the Christmas song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” In several verses, you sing about figgy pudding. So, what is figgy pudding? It is a thick, heavy, cake-like Christmas, dessert popular in 19th century England.
I am a busy person. I am a newlywed, I work two jobs, and I'm a full-time graduate student working towards a Masters in Library Science. With all that going on, it can get quite stressful. I love to cook, but at the moment, I really don’t have time to make an elaborate gourmet meal every night (much to my husband’s disappointment)! Most of the time, I don't even want to come home and cook at all. I have come to rely on my crockpot for many of our meals. Can I just say, I LOVE my crockpot! Who’s with me?? It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Reading comes easily now. It is second nature, and as adults, we pick and choose what we read throughout the day–the newspaper, the return address of some mail, signs, books, and products well-placed in a scene of your favorite movie. The process of seeing words, comprehending their meaning not only in the groups of letters we call words but the order of those words forming sentences, and gaining a whole understanding of whatever material it is that we’re reading doesn’t pose much of a challenge nowadays.