Category Archives: Columnists

One More for the Read…

Betty Mills

By Betty Mills

There was a time when you could tell by watching some­one what they were doing when they were reading a book. That’s what they were doing – they were reading a book. Now all the acces­sories may be there – easy chair, foot stool, light shining over the left shoulder, and something in the hands which is be­ing avidly perused.

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Heavy is the Face that Wears a Beard

Kelly Hagen

By Kelly Hagan

What follows is the epic tale of 30-some days of facial hair.

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Not a Grassroots Movement

Betty Mills

Despite some rude and ugly behavior on the part of some of the Tea Party participants, the notion of a grass roots movement concerned with government was a comforting one. The low voting rate of our citizens has been a black mark on the national report card and here were people willing to stand up and be counted, even be mouthy.

Well, burst that bubble.

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Dish from the Diva: The Gefroh Brothers

By Amber Bernhardt

Jimmy Gefroh is so adorable he makes me want to punch a kitten. Then he starts talking…and even more kittens are subject to my involuntary violence. I was certain he was the hands down sweetest person I had ever met — until he introduced me to his little brother, Stephen.

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Von Trier’s Melancholia

By Todd Ford

My wife often accuses me of being a pessimist. I prefer to think I just have something of a melancholic nature. I’m not a popular picker of movies in my house. A typical exchange on a Saturday night goes like this.

“Let’s watch a movie together.”

“What movie?”

“How about The Last Picture Show?”

“Is it funny or all dreary and depressing?”

“Ummm, never mind.”

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World’s Greatest Invention – Tacocopter?

Kelly Hagen

By Kelly Hagan

If you’re like me, right now, you’re sitting somewhere where there are no tacos nearby, and that’s just unacceptable. What can technology do to rectify this situation?

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The attack on women continues

By now the red flags should be flying on the horizons of women everywhere who thought the battle for fair treatment was pretty much won. In case the potential of the trouble looming has not registered in their busy lives, let me remind them of the way it once was.

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The perils of dependency corruption

By Betty Mills

Education comes in many forms and when they bump into each other, I feel duty bound to sort things out. Let’s start with a lecture complete with some compel­ling graphs explaining why the changes in our climate which some attribute to global warming is a natural phenom­enon and not the result of anything we human beings have helped to produce.

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The Secret World of Arriety

By Todd Ford

My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.

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Traveling isn’t personal, it’s only business

Kelly Hagen

By Kelly Hagan

I know that the first column I can recall writing for the Prairie In­dependent, I wrote about how I was a stay-at-home dad, and how great that was. What I neglected to mention since then is that I went back to work. Sorry, had to be done.

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