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  • Grown-Up Christmas List

    Grown-Up Christmas List

    As Christmas somehow continues to sneak up on us, I have been asked several times what my Christmas list includes. I can think of a number of treasures that I think I really want, ...

  • When Play is More Than Play

    When Play is More Than Play

    By Ian Anderson This morning my son came into the living room and, without a word, began to retrieve the Lego blocks he’d put together the day before. For several minutes he search ...

  • In the Asking

    In the Asking

    By Ian Anderson Yesterday morning I watched as my sons played Chutes and Ladders. All seemed well in their world: they laughed at the thought of doing the “naughty” things that mad ...

  • What to Do?

    What to Do?

    By Kendall Vogts What to do? As a teacher, enjoying his or her summer break, that seems to be a question that comes up often and is usually followed by a smile or smirk and glazed ...

The Slow-Down

The Slow-Down

By Ian Anderson I read somewhere that only children and the insane like every variety of weather; it may be more natural to long for sunshine and complain about rain rather than l ...

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Grab a Kleenex! We’re talking Grown-Up Christmas Lists!

Grab a Kleenex! We’re talking Grown-Up Christmas Lists!

By Kendall Vogts As Christmas somehow continues to sneak up on us, I have been asked several times what my Christmas list includes. I can think of a number of treasures that I thi ...

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Ask for Hope

Ask for Hope

By Ian Anderson This year I will celebrate my 35th Christmas, and because the holidays are generally for remembering, I have been thinking back on the more memorable Christmases i ...

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The Root of Thankfulness

The Root of Thankfulness

By Ian Anderson It’s not an uncommon Thanksgiving scene: the football game is off, or at least muted, the little people chew the food they snuck to their little table before the p ...

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Baking Up Memories

Baking Up Memories

By Kendall Vogts On a recent trip home to celebrate my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, I was talking with my mom while she was baking in the kitchen. With the season of everyth ...

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The Season of Pumpkin Spice

The Season of Pumpkin Spice

By Kendall Vogts “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” While I am one to sing this from the mountain top, while wearing a turtleneck with graphics of fall-colored leaves and ...

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Innviation to Fall

Innviation to Fall

By Ian Anderson To the south of my childhood home stood a large sweetgum tree. It towered over the roof, over the street, over our neighborhood games. The pods were spiked and gre ...

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Simple September

Simple September

By Ian Anderson Despite the fact that summer temperatures remain, fall is here. Soon the cool air will storm back, and the leaves will turn in loud October, bringing with them the ...

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Seeking my happy place

Seeking my happy place

By Kendall Vogts The school year is officially under way, and, as a teacher, coach, and wife to a teacher, I am feeling the freedoms of summer slipping away. I also feel the press ...

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Honeymoon allows time for reflection

Honeymoon allows time for reflection

At this time last month, I was enjoying my honeymoon in Jamaica. On July 25, I experienced the best day of my life when I was able to exchange vows with the love of my life and be ...

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Fall Without Summer

Fall Without Summer

By Ian Anderson Teachers have it easy, and I can say so because I am one. Of all the professions, teaching allows for a whole season of escape. I’ve heard rumors of year-round sch ...

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Re(a)d, White, and Blue

Re(a)d, White, and Blue

By Ian Anderson If you read the June issue of Wichita Family, you know my family and I enjoy the game of baseball. However, the recent rains have put a bit of a damper on the usua ...

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Pastimes and Passing Time

Pastimes and Passing Time

By Ian Anderson As a child and a young man, I spent countless hours playing and thinking about baseball. The months that made up the spring and summer were filled with games, and ...

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May brings change, anticipation for future

May brings change, anticipation for future

The school year is coming to a close, and that means graduation time is at hand. This might mean Kindergarten graduation, eighth grade graduation, high school graduation or even c ...

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Of Spring and Schedules

Of Spring and Schedules

By Ian Anderson I can’t seem to get away from the pressure building across my shoulders (and sinuses) as the weather changes; for all of the winter months I anticipated the bare b ...

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