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Ryan Richardson: Pointers for taking pets into others' homes
I have the world's most understanding mom. My dog has an open invitation to her home, but I'm sure it is a burden on her. She has cats, and they usually retreat for most of the time that Cami and I visit.
Joplin woman's artwork selected for company's Christmas card
Maxine Fream Gash never had an eye for modern art. While she's familiar with the geometric, esoteric variety of modern styles, she prefers more classical forms, from Renaissance to Baroque.
Patty Crane: Cultural extremes crash in Dave Barry fiction
Dave Barry, columnist and humor writer, has published more than 30 books, but only a handful of them are novels. I read his first, "Big Trouble," more than 10 years ago and still chuckle over parts of it. So it was with great anticipation that I picked up his latest, "Insane City."
Ryan Richardson: New pets take some getting used to
This time next week, Christmas will be complete. All of the wrapping paper will have been put away, the decorations and outdoor lights will start to come down and plans for New Year's Eve will begin coming together.
Walk it off: Teen's battle with cancer, paralysis inspires friends, family
Friday the 13th was a great day for Ben Elliott. The 18-year-old senior went to school at Riverton High School and saw friends and teachers. As he walked through the halls with the help of a single crutch, he took pictures, caught up with people he hadn't seen since Halloween and took jokes about the beanie he wore on his head.
Linda Cannon: Library offers large collection of DVDs
We at the library are occasionally surprised to find out that not everyone knows we have DVDs available for checkout. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that some people just think "books" when they think "library," but we are.
Ryan Richardson: Picking up new pet requires preparation
If you and your family are debating whether to bring a pet into your home, I encourage you to think it through before you do so. I am a staunch believer that a pet can be a perfect addition to almost any home that is prepared for the responsibility.
Persistent patient: Man earns diploma after fight with leukemia
Terry Killman had anticipated being a little emotional on Friday. After all, he had a lot to celebrate: After having battled cancer for the past three years, he was finally set to graduate with a bachelor of science degree from Pittsburg State University.
Cari Rerat: Strong female characters anchor teen fantasy novels
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. She has been convicted as such and sentenced to a work camp that should mean her death.
Frankie Meyer: Website a good resource for finding genealogy links
New genealogy websites open every day. A great way to learn about them is to periodically check www.cyndislist. com. That website tracks other genealogy sites around the world and arranges them by categories.
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