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It’s been two and half months of staying in my house and only venturing forth for occasional grocery pick ups, the odd drive-thru splurge and my yearly buying trip for flowers for the front yard, all while masked up like I’m an extra on M*A*S*H.

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From the posts of my friends, it seems that the last 60 days or so of this COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a tremendous amount of learning new skills and refining or reconnecting with ones they’d forgotten.

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April 17 will mark one month since I started working from home as a precaution against spreading COVID-19. I was lucky—my job is pretty portable. As long as I have my laptop, cell phone and reliable WiFi I can work. And, considering that we have staff members who have varying health conditio…

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My calendar has never looked so empty. No trips to announce a spring cattle show. No quick jaunts to Wichita for shopping or to see a concert with friends. No juggling which producer meetings, field days and conferences we’re going to attend. This is life inside the COVID-19 curve.

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If you can’t tell by my last name, let me clear it up for you—I’m not Irish.

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Once, long ago, family refrigerators were the place for newspaper clippings. From photos of school award assemblies, to particularly funny comics that made your dad laugh, to columnists that spoke to your family’s values and experiences.

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I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Of the three Latzke children, I was the one that you might call, “an easy gainer.” Except for a few health scares that dramatically dropped the pounds off my frame, I’ve always been in the upper percentile for growth for all 41 years I’ve been on…

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I am by no means bilingual in any one foreign language, but I know enough of a few to get by in a foreign land. But of any of the foreign languages I do speak, maybe the handiest of them all is “consumer.”

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If you’re in your 40s, like me, you are of that unique bridge generation that remembers life with a landline phone and cartoons only on Saturday mornings. We got our first email addresses in college, and learned to text by carefully pressing the number keys on a Nokia until we got the letter…

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Last year, I was awarded a very high, distinctive honor here at High Plains Journal. I won the first ever Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest, the prize of which was one beautiful brilliantly red poinsettia in a plastic Santa Claus container.

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I love a good craft fair, no matter the time of year.

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I don’t know where I stumbled across this phrase first, but it’s one that spoke to me the other day: “I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.”

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The best cow dog I’ve ever run across was a black and white streak named “Pippi Longstocking.” (Well, what else would you expect a 7-year-old who had just read the book to call a Border Collie with four white paws?)

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I was reminded violently this weekend that while in my heart I’m 22, I am, in fact, 41. My knees are 41. My muscles are 41. My liver and kidneys are 41. And my metabolism is 41.

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There’s a phenomenon that happens when you cross Interstate 35 at Salina on your way west across Kansas.

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“Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change the toilet paper.”

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A baseball cap, tank tops, shorts and flip-flops were once my summer uniform on the farm. Well, unless we were working around cattle, and then it was a baseball cap, tank top, jeans and toe-saving cowboy boots. Live and learn. 

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Fifty years ago, two men took a walk on the moon.

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Every year I stand in the card aisle, flipping through and rejecting card after card, just trying to find the least objectionable one to send to my farmer dad for Father’s Day.

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Seventy-five years ago Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a monumental decision before him.

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Adults tell kids a lot of half-truths. It’s partly to avoid awkwardness, partly to avoid difficult conversations, partly to keep them safe.

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Does anyone still buy aluminum cans anymore?

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Dan Robbins isn’t a household name you’d recognize. But chances are some of his artistic work is still hanging in your grandparents’ finished basement with the shag carpeting, or is tucked away in a dusty box of your dad’s things in the attic.

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To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness not a threat to your position or authority—Christine Caine.

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It’s tough deciphering your farmer’s hand gestures when you’re backing a trailer or working cattle. It can be frustrating when one partner repeatedly insists on tokens of affection and gets upset when you miss important dates because you’re in the middle of planting corn.

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I remember when I was a student back in 1996 all the attention that the jocks would get on “Signing Day.”

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Anyone with a Netflix password has been drawn to the binge-worthy new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” If you suddenly look around your house and see your spouse hauling out bags of clothes and things to the dump or to charity, it’s a good chance he or she has seen this too.

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It’s a question that comes up often among my friends in the weight loss community: What is your “why”?

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My Mom has this tradition of changing out her everyday Corelle dishes and glassware for Christmas dishes and glasses. It’s as much a sign of the holiday as the antique ornaments from Great-Grandma on the tree and her distinctly inclusive Nativity display on the piano.

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As I write, there’s snow piled up in my office’s windowpane from the Nov. 11 snowfall here in Dodge City, Kansas. I’ve broken out the heavy winter coat and gloves, the Christmas ads are filling my TV and email, and I’ve had my first bout of winter-related car trouble.

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Leaves are turning colors, pumpkins are on the porch and that can only mean it’s time for the annual invasion of our nation’s rural vistas by the family photo crowd.

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Head, heart, hands and health. For decades 4-H members have recited the pledge to use their talents and abilities for the betterment of themselves, their communities, their country and their world.

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My grandma would be so very confused by the fuss being raised over “pumpkin spice” today. In her day, they were simple canisters on her spice rack that came out when she was making pumpkin pies for the family.

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The bumper stickers are faded and crackled, and the T-shirts have long since found their homes in the rag bag. In a few years, it’s likely only C-SPAN will carry the live coverage of the memorial ceremonies from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

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It seems to me the world would be a lot better off if more families took the time to hit up a diner instead of a drive-thru every now and then.

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There’s a scar on my right forearm that reminds me that not all farm dogs want to be petted. My knees still bear the marks from every tumble I took while trying to master my purple 10-speed bicycle on our gravel driveway.

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Like many of you, I was in a stuffy, packed, high school gymnasium this past weekend, attending a graduation ceremony for a class of bright-eyed hopeful young people. All of which were waiting breathlessly for one moment—for the tassels to be moved and the class dismissed into the fresh air.

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A few years back I read Howard G. Buffett’s book “Forty Chances.” In the book Howard, son of Warren Buffett, explains that farmers have about 40 growing seasons in their careers—results and mileage vary, of course.

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A month ago a story popped up on my Facebook timeline from a friend in Australia. It’s the rainy season there and that means saltwater crocodiles are on the move. Parks and Wildlife rangers had trapped a 3.92-meter (that’s almost 13 feet) saltwater crocodile near the town of Katherine.

  • 0

From the posts of my friends, it seems that the last 60 days or so of this COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a tremendous amount of learning new skills and refining or reconnecting with ones they’d forgotten.

  • 0

April 17 will mark one month since I started working from home as a precaution against spreading COVID-19. I was lucky—my job is pretty portable. As long as I have my laptop, cell phone and reliable WiFi I can work. And, considering that we have staff members who have varying health conditio…

  • 0

My calendar has never looked so empty. No trips to announce a spring cattle show. No quick jaunts to Wichita for shopping or to see a concert with friends. No juggling which producer meetings, field days and conferences we’re going to attend. This is life inside the COVID-19 curve.

  • 0

If you can’t tell by my last name, let me clear it up for you—I’m not Irish.

  • 0

Once, long ago, family refrigerators were the place for newspaper clippings. From photos of school award assemblies, to particularly funny comics that made your dad laugh, to columnists that spoke to your family’s values and experiences.

  • 0

I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Of the three Latzke children, I was the one that you might call, “an easy gainer.” Except for a few health scares that dramatically dropped the pounds off my frame, I’ve always been in the upper percentile for growth for all 41 years I’ve been on…

  • 0

I am by no means bilingual in any one foreign language, but I know enough of a few to get by in a foreign land. But of any of the foreign languages I do speak, maybe the handiest of them all is “consumer.”

  • 0

If you’re in your 40s, like me, you are of that unique bridge generation that remembers life with a landline phone and cartoons only on Saturday mornings. We got our first email addresses in college, and learned to text by carefully pressing the number keys on a Nokia until we got the letter…

  • 0

Last year, I was awarded a very high, distinctive honor here at High Plains Journal. I won the first ever Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest, the prize of which was one beautiful brilliantly red poinsettia in a plastic Santa Claus container.

  • 0

I love a good craft fair, no matter the time of year.

  • 0

I don’t know where I stumbled across this phrase first, but it’s one that spoke to me the other day: “I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.”

  • 0

The best cow dog I’ve ever run across was a black and white streak named “Pippi Longstocking.” (Well, what else would you expect a 7-year-old who had just read the book to call a Border Collie with four white paws?)

  • 0

I was reminded violently this weekend that while in my heart I’m 22, I am, in fact, 41. My knees are 41. My muscles are 41. My liver and kidneys are 41. And my metabolism is 41.

  • 0

There’s a phenomenon that happens when you cross Interstate 35 at Salina on your way west across Kansas.

  • 0

“Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change the toilet paper.”

  • 0

A baseball cap, tank tops, shorts and flip-flops were once my summer uniform on the farm. Well, unless we were working around cattle, and then it was a baseball cap, tank top, jeans and toe-saving cowboy boots. Live and learn. 

  • 0

Fifty years ago, two men took a walk on the moon.

top story
  • 0

Every year I stand in the card aisle, flipping through and rejecting card after card, just trying to find the least objectionable one to send to my farmer dad for Father’s Day.

  • 0

Seventy-five years ago Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a monumental decision before him.

  • 0

Adults tell kids a lot of half-truths. It’s partly to avoid awkwardness, partly to avoid difficult conversations, partly to keep them safe.

  • 0

Does anyone still buy aluminum cans anymore?

  • 0

Dan Robbins isn’t a household name you’d recognize. But chances are some of his artistic work is still hanging in your grandparents’ finished basement with the shag carpeting, or is tucked away in a dusty box of your dad’s things in the attic.

  • 0

To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness not a threat to your position or authority—Christine Caine.

  • 0

It’s tough deciphering your farmer’s hand gestures when you’re backing a trailer or working cattle. It can be frustrating when one partner repeatedly insists on tokens of affection and gets upset when you miss important dates because you’re in the middle of planting corn.

  • 0

I remember when I was a student back in 1996 all the attention that the jocks would get on “Signing Day.”

  • 0

Anyone with a Netflix password has been drawn to the binge-worthy new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” If you suddenly look around your house and see your spouse hauling out bags of clothes and things to the dump or to charity, it’s a good chance he or she has seen this too.

  • 0

It’s a question that comes up often among my friends in the weight loss community: What is your “why”?

  • 0

My Mom has this tradition of changing out her everyday Corelle dishes and glassware for Christmas dishes and glasses. It’s as much a sign of the holiday as the antique ornaments from Great-Grandma on the tree and her distinctly inclusive Nativity display on the piano.

  • 0

As I write, there’s snow piled up in my office’s windowpane from the Nov. 11 snowfall here in Dodge City, Kansas. I’ve broken out the heavy winter coat and gloves, the Christmas ads are filling my TV and email, and I’ve had my first bout of winter-related car trouble.

  • 0

Leaves are turning colors, pumpkins are on the porch and that can only mean it’s time for the annual invasion of our nation’s rural vistas by the family photo crowd.

  • 0

Head, heart, hands and health. For decades 4-H members have recited the pledge to use their talents and abilities for the betterment of themselves, their communities, their country and their world.

  • 0

My grandma would be so very confused by the fuss being raised over “pumpkin spice” today. In her day, they were simple canisters on her spice rack that came out when she was making pumpkin pies for the family.

  • 0

The bumper stickers are faded and crackled, and the T-shirts have long since found their homes in the rag bag. In a few years, it’s likely only C-SPAN will carry the live coverage of the memorial ceremonies from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

  • 0

It seems to me the world would be a lot better off if more families took the time to hit up a diner instead of a drive-thru every now and then.

  • 0

There’s a scar on my right forearm that reminds me that not all farm dogs want to be petted. My knees still bear the marks from every tumble I took while trying to master my purple 10-speed bicycle on our gravel driveway.

  • 0

Like many of you, I was in a stuffy, packed, high school gymnasium this past weekend, attending a graduation ceremony for a class of bright-eyed hopeful young people. All of which were waiting breathlessly for one moment—for the tassels to be moved and the class dismissed into the fresh air.

  • 0

A few years back I read Howard G. Buffett’s book “Forty Chances.” In the book Howard, son of Warren Buffett, explains that farmers have about 40 growing seasons in their careers—results and mileage vary, of course.

  • 0

A month ago a story popped up on my Facebook timeline from a friend in Australia. It’s the rainy season there and that means saltwater crocodiles are on the move. Parks and Wildlife rangers had trapped a 3.92-meter (that’s almost 13 feet) saltwater crocodile near the town of Katherine.