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It’s not my party, but I may cry anyway

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest Columnist Somewhere in our hall closet, in a box filled with every tax return I’ve ever filed and a hand print in finger-paint dated 2004, lies an actual VHS tape. Yes, those still exist; no, I haven’t converted it to DVD yet; yes, I know I really should. On that plastic […]

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Fondly remembering Krista

She came bounding down the stairs and greeted me as I made my way through the back door – one, two, three, and four. I counted my children. My tired brain seemed to eek out the emotional equivalent of a sigh of relief. Then I counted again. One, two, three, four. I was sure only […]

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Rain on my Easter parade

I don’t know if it’s my Catholic upbringing or poor judgment stemming from exhaustion, but I have a confession: Last Sunday, I awoke to cartoons blaring and children bickering. It was Easter, and I had no desire to get up and get ready for church (remember: judge not, fine folks). All I really wanted to […]

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Love has many faces, all of them beautiful

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is the strong affection for another arising out of personal ties, affection based on admiration or common interests. Love is also defined as a warm attachment or assurance of affection. Love is the style of which songs are made and stories are written. When I Googled “songs with love […]

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For love or money

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest columnist What’s the old adage? A fool and his money are soon parted? Author Kurt Langner once said, “Love is a gift. You can’t buy it; you can’t find it, someone has to give it to you. Learn to be a recipient of that gift.” Cliché as it sounds, there is […]

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The scariest, most awful, wonderful and amazing thing I’ve ever done

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest Columnist I stared at the home pregnancy test teetering at the edge of the bathroom sink. I took one, then another hoping for a different result. No doubt about it: I was pregnant. The bright pink lines stared at me mockingly. I had no earthly idea what to do next. All […]

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OPINION: Mirror, mirror, my sister

Be still. Close your eyes. For a moment, allow yourself to revisit the 10-year-old version of yourself. I can’t speak for everyone, but at that age, I sincerely perceived my parents to be infallible, all-knowing creatures who were forever at my disposal to unlock all the mysteries of the universe should the need arise. Now […]

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Brace Yourself: Patellae are made to be broken

As a teacher, I usually anticipate the possibilities a new school year brings with enthusiasm. This year, there was a hitch: On the second day of the new school year, I fell in the middle of the hallway and fractured my kneecap. Yes, really. I wish I had one of these cool backstories to explain […]

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OPINION: It’s a (mostly) Wonderful Life

The low roar of the garage door closing behind me was a welcome sound. It shuttered the light from the outside world, signifying the end of another school year. After turning off the car’s engine, I sat soaking in the golden silence of the dark and stillness. Another school year had come and gone, and […]

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OPINION: Suffering through the Great Depression

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times I simply have not been myself lately. No one else may have taken notice, but I know the difference in the way I’ve been and the way I’m supposed to be. While I usually find the positive in most any situation life sees fit to throw my way, […]

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OPINION: A letter to my younger self

I’ve become something of a night owl. The cause of my recent bouts of recurring insomnia may stem from unhealthy origins, but the ability to accomplish tasks, uninterrupted, with all those extra waking hours sure does come in mighty handy. One night, as I was paying bills at 2 a.m., I happened across a segment […]

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OPINION: Trying to live by the ‘Good Neighbor Policy’

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest columnist It happened before I knew what hit me. In the span of nanoseconds, I found myself face down at the entrance of Walmart on a busy Saturday afternoon. The details are fuzzy, but the now infamous Life Alert commercial comes to mind. “I’ve fallen… and I can’t get up,” my […]

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One flu over the Cipkowski’s nest

I am a notoriously light sleeper. I suppose having children does that to a girl. As my children have gotten older, I have begun to sleep a bit more soundly. But there are still nights I am awakened by the most ordinary of sounds: my husband, in desperate need of sinus medication, breathing heavily; the […]

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OPINION: Our Christmas Story

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest Columnist I plopped down at my desk and realized this was the first opportunity I’d had to sit down all day. I figured it was as good a time as any to check my e-mail. There, amid the horde of work related communications, was an email from my sister, which was […]

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