Jail time to protect source worth future book


If you were a journalist, would you rather reveal a confidential source and possibly ruin your career or hold your tongue in front of a judge with the threat of spending six months in jail?
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Kayak tour of Lake Hastings drier than expected


“Don’t fall in.” Those were the words of support my husband sent me in a text message Saturday afternoon when I informed him that I would be going kayaking later that day.
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Doll collection link to grandma never met


For almost a year now, I have been sorting dolls. My office is filled almost to the ceiling with boxes of them. There are hard composition dolls, cloth advertising dolls, delicate china dolls and even Barbie dolls.
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Counting years, days, moments in Feb.


The past five days have marked a series of anniversaries for my husband and me dating back 10 years. Our first date anniversary was Feb. 21, our engagement anniversary was Feb. 23 and our wedding anniversary was Feb. 25. Mind you, those dates are spread over a course of four years and not just five days.
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Departing friend just a text message away


I’ve never really experienced the torrent of emotions that comes when a friend moves away. Growing up, my class of 12 pretty much stayed the same, with some people moving in and out over the years. But my close friends never left.
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Once a 4-H’er, always a 4-H’er


Writer’s note: February is 4-H Month in Nebraska, a time when 4-H’ers wear their shamrock T-shirts and celebrate the joys of 4-H. In honor of the month, I’m taking a moment to reflect on some of my own 4-H experiences.
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Faith journey continues as time goes on


You could say I’m a bit of a religious cornucopia. There’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that all squeezed into this one vessel and spilling out the sides.
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No peace until I get to finish my TV show


When it comes to television shows and other forms of entertainment, the Internet can be a good thing and a bad thing.
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What's a girl gotta do to get some snow?


Where’s the snow? We hear it every year as the days on the calendar move closer to Christmas. Children dream of waking up to snow on Christmas morning and hope to see the tracks of Santa and his reindeer on the roof.
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Speediest way to learn a lifelong lesson


Do you remember your first speeding ticket or that first car accident you had after getting your license? Those are the moments that stick with you, causing pain, embarrassment or hopefully, years later, just laughter.
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Twinkies not going down without a fight


Isn’t it funny how the small things in life can have such an impact? That was never more true than when the Hostess Brand announced last Friday it was filing for bankruptcy, which could mean the end for favorites like Ho Hos and the famous Twinkie.
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The steps that brought Americans this far


On this Election Day, I’m not going to talk about my right to vote or the ability I have to go to the polls and vote without being discriminated against.
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Ghost injuries weird, but make good tales


For as long as I can remember, I have been a klutz. I can fall standing still and injure myself almost without realizing it. That was the case this last week when I realized my ankle was hurting. I pulled down my sock to find the skin over my ankle bone was swollen to the size of a baseball.
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Saying goodbye to charming red brick path


When my husband and I decided about six years ago that it was time to buy our own home, I wanted an old house.
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Shay Burk

Veteran Tribune reporter Shay Burk writes whatever is swirling around her mind each week. Read her columns on Tuesdays for her humorous thoughts on everyday life.

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