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Miranda Cipkowski

For the love of hot rods!

There comes a time when, yearning for change, a person must acknowledge and accept that life has become unmanageable in its current state. My rock bottom came about two nights ago. I rolled out of bed half asleep, regretting all that water I drank at the gym. On my third step, in a trip that […]

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Noisy neighbors and the end of the world

Saturday; 3 A.M.; the Armour living room: I was pretty sure the end of days had arrived. Put on your clean underwear: The Four Horsemen were on their way. As I stirred from where I had fallen asleep on the couch, I could hear their thunderous footsteps growing louder, a slow crescendo into the kind […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

Details, diets, and Denise

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times I threw the car door open and struggled to make my way into my classroom without breaking a hip. I felt myself slowly losing balance, so I ungracefully collapsed into my dependable rolling chair. There, sprawled on my desk, lay my purse, my cell phone, the latest book […]

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OPINION: Rules are made to be followed, unless you can’t count

Even at a glance, I could tell the woman in line ahead of me had way more than the 20 items permitted in the express lane. It looked as if she’d done a year’s worth of shopping that day, her buggy bulging at the sides from being packed with so many items. The groceries crested […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

A fever, runaway baby and turkey leg

I studied my husband carefully as my mind wandered from the clipboard in my lap. As I tried to fill out a stack of paperwork so thick it might rival the FBI, I caught a glimpse of the guy I married from the corner of my eye. His sizeable frame hung from one of the […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

The Good, the Bad and the Disney

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest columnist “Castle, Castle!” Eb shouted as he pointed his chubby finger skyward. I tried to follow his lead, but I was still trying to rouse myself from a sleep induced by a long car ride. As my tired eyes focused, I was able to finally catch a glimpse of the source […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

The Ghost of Christmases Past

COLUMN BY MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI There once was a time I actually looked forward to Christmas. I basked in the glow of colorfully lit trees and Christmas Eves were restless affairs, as I battled anticipation-induced insomnia, waiting for just a glimpse of the “Big Guy.” As difficult as it is to imagine, that was a quarter […]

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OPINION: Uncle Stan’s great expectations

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI There are certain things about my life I’ve simply come to expect. Mondays are a blur of dance classes, soccer practices, and one just-about-to-close daycare center. I feel varying degrees of anxiety entering a fast food drive-thru. My favorite breakfast cereal will be gone before I even get my first bowl. The […]

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To this day, my heart has many homes

Last summer, after what seemed to be a long, emotionally trying process, we finally moved into the house that symbolized to me, the fruits of all our labor. I love every inch of our house, and I spent all of July and August savoring the task of making this house our home. A few weeks […]

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Former superintendent weighs in on Common Core

As a retired educator with 30-plus years of experience in the classroom, principalship, and superintendency, several times recently I have been asked my opinion of the Common Core Standards that are currently being implemented in our Mississippi public schools. Do I think they are the savior for public schools? No, but I don’t think they […]

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The cure for a truthache

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI On a day not too long ago, I waltzed into my dry cleaners with an armful of soiled wares so large I scarcely could see the counter. Thankful all my delicates landed on the appropriate flat surface without incident, I began to exchange niceties and spatter and sputter instructions for the care […]

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We’re camping! The RV People

The man inside the stall was humming. Loudly. It wasn’t just a casual kind of hum, either — something to distract from the awkward silence of two men using the restroom, one of whom was brushing his teeth and the other of whom was dropping some kids off at the pool. No, this was a […]

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‘We’re camping!’: Home sweet rustic cabin

Author’s note: My wife Mandy and I recently joined two friends for a weekend camping trip in Chattanooga, Tenn. What follows is the first of several columns detailing our adventures. Or lack thereof, as it were. The website boasted that the cabin we were renting was “rustic,” which was technically a truth of sorts. In […]

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Who needs Harvard when he has a Jeep?

Last fall, my oldest came home from school, and during a round of “How was your day?” and “What’s for supper?” told me with absolutely no fanfare, “Mom I’m going to an Ivy League school, but don’t worry; I’m getting a scholarship.” She was 11 at the time. These words spilled from my daughter’s lips […]

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