Author: Kayleigh Lawson

When actor, Avenger meet: Evans proves mettle in comforting bullied teen

Some actors take a role and shed it at the end of the day. Others seem to embody the character throughout filming, creating a myth the swirls around these “character actors.” Chris Evans has played a lot of characters throughout his career, including two superheroes, Johnny “Human Torch” Storm in “Fantastic Four” (2005) and, most notably, Steve “Captain America” Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Evans has portrayed Rogers for more than six years. As time rolls on, he seems to take on more and more of the star-spangled man’s persona. This was on full display last weekend when a video started circling around social media. The video of a Knoxville, Tennessee, boy — Keaton Jones — was posted online. In it, he talks about the effects of bullying. Jones obviously is distressed in the video. What the bullies at his school allegedly did to him — and others, as well — is just horrible. But what is unusual about this story is what happened after the video was posted. Messages of support started pouring in form all corners, including many college and professional athletes, and some came from other celebrities, including none other than Chris Evans. Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in...

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Cowley College releases trustee applicant names

Cowley College has released the names and applications of two citizens who have indicated interest in filling a vacant trustee seat. Michael Bergagnini, of Parkerfield, and Nancy Burger, of Winfield, both have applied to be considered. Bergagnini was one of seven people who ran for the Cowley College Board of Trustees in last month’s election. He received 1,115 votes in the election, finishing fifth after former county commissioner Gary Wilson, who was elected to a seat. Burger was not a candidate in the election and does not cite any prior experience on boards in her application. The next Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the president’s dining room at the McAtee Dining Center. While the appointing of a new trustee to fill a vacancy is not listed on the agenda, the meeting will occur 19 days after official notice of the vacancy was published, so the trustees will have to option to appoint someone if they so choose. Kansas statute requires at least 15 days to pass between the official notification being published and the appointment of a new trustee. The board also will meet for its annual Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. This also is open to the public, but attendees will not be served food. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens...

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Joanna Politano strikes up marvelous debut with Lady Jayne Disappears

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtors’ prison, he leaves her just two things — his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet house-guest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company. When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance — and perhaps even her father’s death. With debut authors, you never know what you are going to get. However, when I read the publicity materials for Lady Jayne Disappears, I knew I had to give it a shot. Joanna Davidson Politano has created a marvelously entertaining story that brings Victorian England alive. Aurelie is a fully fleshed-out character who has flaws and weaknesses, as well as true strength. All of the characters in the tale are interesting and Politano’s use of their secrets was masterfully done. The settings are wonderfully detailed, adding depth to the story. Politano deftly weaves this information together in a manner that leaves you guessing until the end. I really enjoyed her writing style and definitely will be on the lookout for more of her work in the future. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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This holiday fudge recipe is a perfect addition to any gift-giving arsenal

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to make delicious Christmas treats. While these treats are not healthy, they are a fairly easy and inexpensive way to make gifts for those in your life. One of the fan-favorite treats that my family makes is our decadent holiday fudge. It is one of the simplest things we make, but easily one of the most complimented. There are only two required ingredients and it takes approximately 15 minutes to make. Holiday fudge ingredients 3 cups chocolate chips — any variety, e.g. milk, semi-sweet or dark 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk Instructions Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a sauce pan. Melt over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square pan and spread until smooth. Refrigerate the fudge until it is hard, which takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. Optional add-ins You can add a cup of chopped nuts — my favorite add-in is pecans — or marshmallows during the process. If you decide to go the marshmallow route, you need to add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate while it is melting before adding marshmallows. To make it easier to pull the fudge out of the pan, line it with wax paper before pouring in the hot fudge mix. This also makes cleaning the pan a snap. With the holidays right around the corner, you...

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The misunderstood brilliance of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

I don’t actually remember the first time I watched “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” — I might have been a little too young and it definitely was on VHS. Through the years, I have been stunned by the number of people who have told me that (1) they never have seen it and (2) they don’t like it. I have come to the conclusion that most people miss the true message of the film. The basic premise of “Bill and Ted” is somewhat inconceivable, I’ll grant you. Two 1980s high school seniors find out they will flunk out of school if they don’t pass their history presentation. Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan III (Keanu Reeves) have been more concerned with how to launch their rock band, Wyld Stallyns, and landing Eddie Van Halen as a guitarist than with passing high school. But Ted’s father has other ideas and threatens to send Ted to an Alaskan military school if he doesn’t change his ways. Meanwhile, a future utopian society that is a byproduct of their band’s not-yet-written music is threatened by the possibility that the band will never fully come to fruition. This future society sends a mysterious man named Rufus (George Carlin) to guide them as they travel back in time and gain firsthand experience to help them to pass their history class. This...

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