May is always a busy month in general. It can’t be helped, though. It’s usually around this time that we can comfortably say, with certainty, that there won’t be any more snow until after summer. Here are some of the things going on this weekend:

For some reason it seems like I haven’t written a weekend column in so long. You are so behind on what has been going on in my life that I’m not sure where to start. What do you guys think about me writing a regular column about the life of a busy mother of three? Or maybe a mommy advice typ…

I genuinely thought it was a joke when I learned that Easter falls on April Fool’s Day. I was simply trying to protect myself from my own gullibility and all I did was make a fool out of myself instead. However, this makes for a prime pranking opportunity. Imagine your kids waking up to an E…

The title is completely unrelated to the column you’re about to read. Gotcha! It’s pretty frustrating when a headline doesn’t match up at all with the content you’re about to read. I don’t have cancer, just for the record…

Last week I introduced you to the one-of-a-kind psychological thriller known as Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC). This game continues to haunt me in a variety of ways. The developer and his team really did an amazing job with this game — the art of poetry and writing, the code in the game, t…

Doki Doki is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of a heart beating, especially when falling in love. A game, titled “Doki Doki Literature Club” (DDLC), fits almost perfectly with that definition…  almost. It is free to play and is developed by Dan Salvato under Team Salvato.

My grandmother died last week. I’m not sure how else to say it or to write it; I’m also not sure how to introduce that. I’ve been on the opposite end plenty of other times, offering a hand, a shoulder, or some form of consolation. On that side, it’s hard to find words that don’t sound generi…

There isn’t a whole lot for me to cover this weekend, though that’s not to say we there isn’t work in store for me. I wonder how things turned out at the city banquet last night …

I’ve already finished my second book this year! I just had to tell someone. While it wasn’t at the level of George Orwell’s “1984,” and while it took me a little bit to REALLY get into it, my second book was still highly enjoyable. It was an easier read, but it was “Batman: Knightfall” writt…

One of my goals I’ve set is to read at least one book per month. That’s really not a daunting task at all. I went to the library and checked out three books. I hadn’t the time to read the other two, though if I dedicated as much time to reading as I have these past 10 days, I’m sure I could …

I get up at about 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday morning to deliver the Times-Herald’s print edition to various business and racks. It’s become a regular part of my schedule. Every season except summer brings me wonderful sunrises with it (and blinded eyes once the sun peaks …

Well we made it though another year and have the opportunity to start all over again. How was your Christmas and New Year’s? I hope everything went fairly well. I know I can’t complain much, even if I did it wouldn’t do much good. Hehe… But honestly I had a wonderful holiday season surrounde…

There is a load of topics that I would love to write about this week: protestors arrested on inauguration day who didn’t even attend the protest, the new Star Wars movie and how much everyone hates it (but I don’t!), maybe my Mega Man phase I’m going through …

This year went by pretty fast, wouldn’t you agree? There’s been a lot that’s happened. We saw a transition of power with a new president and administration, the eclipse has come and gone, and (the most memorable for me) I got married! This is the last weekend before the new year arrives and …

Christmas is widely known as the season of giving. Though we celebrate it in America as such, that doesn’t mean we “walk the walk.” The recent Republican tax bill was passed with a 51-48 vote, with all 51 Republicans (save for John McCain) voting in favor of giving themselves a tax break.

This year has been relatively depressing as a whole. That’s not to say there aren’t good things that happened, nor that I myself am utterly depressed, but that the general summary of the year is more of a nightmare than a dream come true. New Star Wars movie — a dream come true. The Nintendo…

Maybe I’m looking too far into the future. I know I live in my head quite a bit. I used to think I was the only one who did, but I learned otherwise. While I’m inclined to believe it to be a writing affliction, I know that isn’t entirely true.

It’s already my weekend to work? What happened to the past two weeks? Time seems to be moving faster than me lately, but I am totally prepared to tackle this weekend.

My frustration for where this country is headed (and where Nebraska is headed) grows with every passing week. I don’t get a lot of feedback for these columns, good or bad, so I feel I need to reiterate the theme from last week about learning lessons from the past in regards to achieving harm…

It was about a year ago, the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, that my wife and I took a trip up to North Dakota with our friend Josh. We hauled canned food, bottled water, and firewood up to donate to them. I wrote a special report about my experience up there explaining what it was li…

I think this warm weather will not only mean that it’s a perfect time to get those Christmas decorations up outside but I’m thinking that a trip to the park might be just what we all need after eating all of the wonderful food that was prepared for Thanksgiving.

Though I’ve gotten some rest, it’s felt like I haven’t stopped working since I got back from Omaha over the past weekend. This weekend looks to keep me just as busy. While not ideal for me when working a weekend, I do look forward to the challenge of the workload that I’ll have and I know it…

My wife and I traveled to Omaha last weekend. We went for some training and to visit their zoo, which would be my first time. Unfortunately, they close at 4 p.m., so the trip felt like a bit of a waste for that reason.

I’d like to think I was always politically engaged. I wasn’t. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school when I was taught (and realized for myself) about the importance of democracy, of being able to vote (which means being able to voice your disagreement in a more civilized and fair man…

There is a conversation we need to have. I feel our culture throughout the nation, as a general statement; we don’t talk about the things that need to be talked about. The first step towards changing that culture is, you guessed it, talking about it.

So we left off last week explaining creepypasta, the storytelling style of Ben Drowned, and how I discovered this YouTube mystery via Game Theory with MatPat. At that time, I hadn’t actually watched any of the Petscop videos, just the theory.

Usually if I have any sort of disclaimers, it’s to prepare you for an unpopular opinion. This time, it’s because the details ahead involve the circumstances of a girl killed in therapy. The disclaimer is mostly for the second part because I will be spending this first part explaining a few t…

If there’s a weekend meant for rest and relaxation, this weekend would be the weekend for that. Personally, I’ve been a little worn out, but I’m going to blame this horrific cold that I’ve had for the past week or two (though it feels like I can’t remember what it was like to not have a cold).

ALLIANCE — These past few weeks have sort of been a blur. I’ve been working on some wonderful stories and as my list continues to grow I can’t help but feel humble about how much I truly do love what I do. Having grown up in Alliance our local newspaper has always been a part of my life. If …

You may not consciously be aware of it, but writing makes up a lot of the world we live in. Just about anything we do today involves writing to some level. Contracts, personal letters, emails, applications, scripts, street signs, signs of any kind (really); we are constantly using our eyes f…

I feel like this week has been in a weird, rhythmic flux. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were all gloomy and cloudy while Tuesday and Thursday was bright and nearly cloudless. The cloudy days can make us prone to an unwillingness to wake up while the sunny days leave me with nostalgia for the…

I feel this is going to require a disclaimer. I write these columns of my own free will and, even though it’s already been stated, what I write in these columns is not a direct reflection of the Alliance Times-Herald. The fact that I have to give a disclaimer for having a different opinion i…

“Whatever you do, don’t get married,” a joke I’ve heard plenty of before getting married said by too many people to count. Yet, there is at least a little bit of truth to every joke, isn’t there?

At this point I’m not quite sure when the last time I had a full weekend off was but it’s my turn to cover the weekend yet again. I can’t complain too much though because I often choose to cover events even when it’s not my weekend. Events such as the beginning installation of the livery out…

With each passing day, I am just dying to write about the fires north, northwest, and west of us, the hurricanes, the climate change deniers that still exist regardless of evidential proof (scientists are now going so far as to simulate climate change as an experiment to prove to the willful…

It’s a little odd, for me. Not too long ago I felt on top of the world, but I’ve had this underlying feeling of defeat slowly creeping up on me. It wasn’t long (yet was too long) until I figured out what it actually was.

More often than not, my Facebook usually serves as inspiration for topics I write about. People want to read what they’re interested in rather than what I’m interested in, which can be difficult when common advice for a writer is “write what you know.” However, by sifting through posts on Fa…

I first heard that there would be an eclipse passing over Alliance two years ago and after that became a member of the Eclipse Task Force. I attended the monthly meetings and did my part by writing stories for the paper to help get information out to the community. I could go on and on about…

Wasn’t that eclipse awesome?! There are some fantastic photos of it, but none of them can compare to physically seeing it with your own two eyes. My hazels weren’t blinded by the sun, but by the beauty of something that occurs so naturally. I had goosebumps the entire time.

As of Monday, the day of the total solar eclipse, August 21st, 2017, I married Jazmin Pruneda in front of our closest friends and family. It’s only been a few days, but I’ve already been asked a few times “What’s it like to be married now?” or some variation of it. My responses were poor, ad…

I had an “aha!” moment a few weeks ago that is now serving as my inspiration for the topic this week. I can’t remember exactly where it came from because I was more focused on the epiphany itself. I remember using video games as an analogy to describe what the feeling was like.

One of the greatest things about the United States is its diversity, in my opinion. Look at all the different types of music, art, and writing available to us. We’re packed with all sorts of different people, and not just in skin color. There are so many personalities and cultures, a plethor…

Everything seems to be falling into place for me, regardless of how jam-packed my week has been (seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy in my entire life). My wedding is in about a month, the bachelor/bachelorette party this weekend (we combined them because what use do I have for s…

Suicide can be pretty hard to talk about. It’s not that much easier writing about it. It isn’t really talked about as it stands, yet you can find plenty of writing online. Facebook has made it easier for us as a whole to express our ideas and thoughts, not that they are always positive. Mess…

I don’t know how many times I will write about this topic in this column. Not a lot has changed since Trump became president, though the division between U.S. citizens has been there previous to him. How long have we had this division? I’m not the right person to ask, but I can tell you as a…

It started on Monday. As a reporter, we meet with our editor daily for assignments and updates. We also pitch a few ideas his way if we’ve found anything interesting. When we met Monday morning, he gave me an assignment to write about firework safety. It wasn’t long after that our scanner ch…

Once in a while, I bite off more than I can chew. Part of why I do this is to prove my existence and part of why I do this is for acknowledgement, though not exclusively. I feel most of my life story involves oppression or some form of being demonized. It’s caused me a lot of struggle and st…

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