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Pat’s Chats – Final HS FB Rankings, State Predictions

KSAL StaffOctober 31, 2016

Since I'm predicting the rest of the postseason, I'm not going to bore you with my thoughts even more. However, I will say that I went 28-4 in the first rounds for Class 6A and 5A. That hat I used last week might be the sorting hat used at Hogwarts. Did I really just use a Harry Potter reference? Well, such is life, I suppose. Enjoy the picks below. And, for the last time, I sent my ballot to T...

What’s in a name?

KSAL StaffOctober 25, 2016

Naming anything is fraught with peril. And plenty of opinions, usually negative or asinine. I always enter the arena of naming things with a couple things in mind. One is that you can’t please everyone and another is that a description is not necessarily a name. But it’s a good place to start.   As the yet-to-be-finished supporters of the Salina Fieldhouse are finding out, naming the bu...

Halloween Is for Kids

KSAL StaffOctober 25, 2016

I have a confession. I hate Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday for kids. Dress up in a silly costume, get free candy. What’s to hate about that. But I feel there should be a cutoff age. For me that age was about 11. You could probably talk me into extending the age limit to 13 or 14 but once you hit High School, the free candy party is over. If you own a car, you shouldn...

It’s the Dumb Stuff

KSAL StaffOctober 25, 2016

I am not a relationship or wedding authority by any stretch of the imagination. I have been in a relationship now for three years with my incredibly handsome boyfriend Garrett, and I know what is making this ship stay afloat. That's all. All I know is that when I wake up and I go to bed, I love him and I'm pretty close to positive that he still loves me. I think the stuff that keeps us working is ...

Pat’s Chats – HS FB Rankings, 6A-5A Predictions

KSAL StaffOctober 24, 2016

Ahh, the new format that everyone has been waiting for is finally set. When the Kansas State High School Activities Association announced the playoff change, I was really excited. Coming from Topeka, I saw Topeka High go up against some of the toughest competition right off the bat coming out of district play. For example, the Trojans were 8-1 in the regular season with the lone loss coming to Fr...

When did it Stop Being Fun and Become a ___________?

KSAL StaffOctober 19, 2016

From time to time a certain word or phrase captures our fancy until it gets over used and then we get sick of it.  It happens in various areas of our lives.  A few years back in the political arena we were all wondering if this candidate or that had the “gravitas” to be President.  Longer ago, for some odd reason, the word “now” went out of vogue and was replaced by the much more wordy ...

Pat’s Chats – Week Eight HS FB Rankings

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2016

September 12, 2009. I was a freshman at the time at the University of Kansas. After watching three of my older siblings walk around campus, I was doing the same. In the first few weeks, I was lucky enough to find what I wanted to do after school. I sat in my J101 class, taught by professor Chuck Marsh. Before class started, a man stood in front of 500-some students and mentioned there was a meet...

Scary Decorations

KSAL StaffOctober 11, 2016

It's that time of the year when our quiet neighborhoods turn into a cacophony of ghoulish delights, sort of. Halloween decorations do not make a place scary, unless you're willing to go to Disney proportions. I think most of the stuff we decorate with does not so much as scare, but keeps us from being scared. Most of what we put up is so cartoonish I think it keeps us from thinking about what's r...

Reality Check

KSAL StaffOctober 11, 2016

As I begin to write this post, I am in the midst of an inner struggle.  Should I write something that is light & upbeat?  Should I only share my "surface" thoughts and not delve deeper into my soul?  Should I step outside my comfort zone knowing that what I say could be twisted into something that it was never intended to mean? This morning, I've decided to jump off of the high dive and pra...

How Stupid does she think we are?

KSAL StaffOctober 10, 2016

When Hillary Clinton was challenged about her comment made public by Wiki-Leaks, “You need to have a private policy and a public policy,” her response was jaw-dropping.  She claimed she was thinking about President Abraham Lincoln.  How stupid does she think we are? The first thing to note about this is her lack of denial that she had, in fact, made the comment.  This means that she is adm...

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