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Lost Weekend
Posted Monday, March 25, at 6:39 AM
On Thursday evening, March 21, I was deciding what to pack for a weekend in Springfield and looking forward to a shopping trip while my husband participated in a bowling tournament. By Friday afternoon, however, I was less interested in a weekend away than in trying to figure out exactly who'd had the temerity to pass along to me another head cold, just weeks after I got rid of the last one...

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Please help me, I'm fallin'
Posted Sunday, August 19, at 9:35 PM

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has said that most people are so fearful of speaking in public that at any funeral the average person would rather be in the casket than at the podium delivering the eulogy. While that might be true on average, older Americans -- those age 65 and up -- have a more concrete fear and with good reason...

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We're this close
Posted Saturday, June 9, at 11:00 AM

In the first half of the 20th century, the mere mention of the word "polio" sent shivers down the spines of every parent in the U.S. It resonated with their kids, too -- at least those of us old enough to understand the concept. Even if we didn't have a true appreciation of the disease, we understood that polio was something we did not want to have...

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Part of the function of memory is to forget*
Posted Tuesday, May 15, at 7:19 PM

There are a lot of things I miss these days. My (formerly) light-brown hair, a face without crow's feet and two good knees, to name just a few. But right now, what I miss the most is remembering where I put my glasses. I put them down somewhere this morning and now they've disappeared. Again...

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Happy (fill in the blank)
Posted Wednesday, December 14, at 9:01 PM

The Christmas I was 8 years old and teetering on the brink of an "is-he-or-isn't-he real" belief in Santa Claus, I was very concerned that if my parents were telling the truth, Santa might not find me or my sister and brother. We lived at the time in the city of Tripoli, Libya, where an abundance of palm trees and sand took the place of snow and bare-branched oaks and maples, and I thought it was very possible that the old fellow might zoom right past us without so much as a backward glance...

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The OTHER Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, with apologies to M. Twain
Posted Monday, August 15, at 8:07 PM

"I had my dreams, sure. What tadpole doesn't have dreams?" Skip Hoppenjan of Marshall, formerly of Sonoma, Calif., leans back and crosses his legs, sitting on a rock ledge at a local water garden. Time hasn't been kind to Hoppenjan, his once-green skin shining silver in the late afternoon sun...

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And speaking of justice...
Posted Friday, July 22, at 6:03 PM

I'm a big fan of "cop" shows, or "police procedurals," as they're called in the trade. Let me run through the TV schedule and see a "CSI," a "Law and Order," an "NCIS," even a re-run, and I'm there. I could watch them all day long, and I have, when I have nothing else to do...

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Pledging our allegiance
Posted Sunday, July 3, at 7:39 PM

"I pledge allegiance to the flag ... " The Pledge of Allegiance we recite today isn't quite the same as the original Pledge of Allegiance. The current wording of the pledge has a surprising, and surprisingly short, history. Written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy, it first appeared in 1892, in the September 8th issue of The Youth's Companion, a children's magazine, as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus...

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"Snowmageddon" 1973
Posted Tuesday, February 1, at 12:43 PM

On the evening of April 8, 1973, the weather in Platteville, Wisconsin, was seasonably cool. Spring comes later in that part of the world than it does here in mid-Missouri by two or three weeks -- sometimes even later. I don't remember paying much attention to the weather forecast as I dressed to attend an orchestra concert at the college where my then-husband taught music. ...

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You want stories about gas prices? I got your stories right here.
Posted Tuesday, January 4, at 4:18 PM

May 30, 2008 -- Gas prices are up and we don't like it, even though it happens about this time every year. http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1433149.html Aug. 7, 2008 -- Gas prices are coming down and we like it. http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1451094.html...

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The real "General Hospital"
Posted Monday, December 6, at 6:35 AM

The doctor's lips were moving, but most of the words went right past me. As soon as he said "stroke," I didn't hear another word for several minutes, so I missed "possible" and "mild." The doctor might as well have been talking to a department-store mannequin...

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Let there be light(s)
Posted Saturday, November 27, at 6:44 PM

Since I was a child, I've always loved the look of a single candle in each window of a house for Christmas. It's an elegant look, but very homey at the same time. It's warm and inviting and sophisticated, but simple. But, of course, nothing is ever as simple as it sounds...

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Jukebox Democracy
Posted Monday, November 8, at 4:47 PM

It's sometimes difficult to remember, particularly during an election year, that ours is a free country, where the majority rules and everyone can vote. And we are fortunate that, despite the ups and downs of one political party or another, despite our best attempts to sink the ship of state, America has managed to survive wars, depressions, recessions and a host of Congressmen and women and governors, presidents and other public officials who were not worthy of our support by hanging on to that democratic ideal.. ...

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"Mision Cumplida, Chile"
Posted Thursday, October 14, at 9:00 PM

Awesome. Surely the most over-used word in the English language. "Oh, honey, your meatloaf is awesome!" "Did you see the awesome convertible that just went by?" "We had an awesome time on our vacation." Barely a day goes by that I don't see "awesome" posted on a Facebook page or hear it somewhere, casually tossed out for the most minor accomplishments or events...

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Who says 'Nothing's going on in Marshall'?
Posted Friday, October 1, at 4:30 PM

It was only a few weeks after I moved to Marshall 4-1/2 years ago that I met then-Mayor Connie Latimer and Marshall Democrat-News publisher Shelly Arth at a couples golf outing. Apart from the enjoyment of playing golf on a lovely day in mid-May, I enjoyed the company of both women and their partners, never dreaming our paths would soon cross professionally...

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Logical Mom - an angel in the outfield
Posted Monday, August 30, at 8:50 PM

Two years ago, as I was wandering the grounds of the Missouri State Fair, someone hijacked my e-mail address and sent a message to everyone on my contact list that said I was stranded in Britain and needed immediate financial help. At least 5 or 6 people immediately called me...

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Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Posted Monday, August 16, at 6:39 AM

Now that the long, slow slide into winter has begun, early-morning light is in short supply before actual sunrise at 6:12. It isn't really dark for an hour before that, of course, but it isn't really fully light yet. But even when it's pitch-black at that hour, even in the rain or snow, and especially when it's Sunday, nothing gets between my husband and me and the morning paper...

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Nothing but flowers
Posted Friday, July 9, at 1:20 PM

I like flowers. I also like children, but I do not chop their heads and keep them in bowls of water around the house. - George Bernard Shaw In the two weeks before my grade-school graduation, the 18 girls in my class were very concerned about when the peonies would bloom. Those girls who had them in their gardens at home reported daily on their condition, amid speculation that they would be too early -- or worse, too late...

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"Speak, that I may see thee."
Posted Thursday, June 24, at 11:24 AM

"Language most shows a man; speak, that I may see thee." Ben Jonson Before Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press with movable type around the year 1440, books were largely produced one at a time, copied by hand. The concept of owning a book was a foreign one to the average person, since most could not read. ...

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"Breaking up" is hard to do
Posted Tuesday, June 15, at 11:49 AM

About five minutes from now -- or so it will seem to the parents -- high school grads all over the country will head for college. Highways everywhere will be clogged with moms, dads and grads in cars and SUVs loaded down with bedspreads, coffeepots, clothes new and old and full of high expectations that Junior or Junior Miss is bound for academic glory, followed by a stellar career as a rocket scientist...

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Kathy Fairchild received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1986 from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She is also a 2003 graduate of the paralegal program at New York University. She moved to Marshall in 2006, following a career of more than 30 years with the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer. She is an Air Force brat and grandmother of four.
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