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Wed
11
Apr

Mrs. Dykowski... remembers Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

I, like most people on earth today, have no first-hand memory of the Holocaust, but it’s something almost every American of my generation has been taught about extensively. 

In college, I was focused on getting to graduation in the shortest amount of time and the greatest amount of fun possible. 

So, I applied for the only study abroad trip offering credits I needed for graduation. Like a lot of students who study abroad, I didn’t really care what the courses were about, I just wanted to go to Germany. 

Fortunately for me, the courses I took in Holocaust studies and U.S.-German relations enriched my understanding of not just U.S. history but the world as a whole. 

I’ll never forget climbing down into Berlin’s Holocaust museum, knowing that I would not climb out the same. 

Wed
11
Apr

One Reporter's Ramblings: A first that seems a little late

One of Monday’s biggest headlines on the national scene was a history-making birth.

Tammy Duckworth of Illinois became the first senator to give birth while in office, prompting enough discussion for it to be the top trending story on Facebook in the early afternoon.

There were many celebrating the event while others down-played its significance. I was fascinated how it only just happened for the first time. 

As someone born in 1983 who only became aware of politics at all in the early 1990s, I honestly couldn’t remember a time when there weren’t women in that branch of government. This prompted a dip into the history of our Senate and the women who served there.

The senate was established in 1787 with its first session on March 4, 1789. At its inception, there were 26 members.

That number grew to 96 (in 1911) before the country would see its first lady sworn in to the group.

Wed
28
Mar

Mrs. Dykowski's... iPhone

Lately, I’ve been contemplating quitting being a millennial. 

That is, I’m thinking of ditching my iPhone. 

But, I feel like my phone, it’s apps, camera and internet connection are so much a part of my daily routine, I’m not sure I can anticipate all the adjustments I would need to make day-to-day without it. 

Our more experienced readers will likely scoff at my not knowing what my life will be like without it, but bear in mind that I’ve had internet access on my phone since I was 17. 

I got my first smartphone at 18 and my first iPhone at 22. 

I’ve never lived as an adult without internet on my phone. 

I’m not saying that’s a good thing — I’m saying it’s all I know. 

During the ice storm in February, when there was no cell service for the better part of three days, internet messaging allowed me to keep in contact with Scott. 

Because we, as millennials, count a landline as a luxury we don’t need. 

Wed
21
Mar

One Reporter's Ramblings: Good reads available at library book sale

Stop me if you heard this one before.

A guy and his wife are on the outs, arguing often and loudly. 
The neighbors feel really bad for the wife especially who, as rumor has it, vanishes shortly before the husband and the rest of the family leave town for good.
As time passes on, a vine grows up and covers part of the house, but this is no ordinary plant. It rustles violently when there is no wind around, seeming to call attention to it and the house.
This concerned the neighborhood, who dug up the vine and found that the large root system appeared to be the figure of a human woman.

If this story seemed familiar, you might have read “A Vine on a House” by classic American author Ambrose Bierce when you were in school.

I’ve often discussed all the bestsellers and hot new novels at the Dublin Public Library, but there is something to be said for the classics.

Wed
21
Mar

Mrs. Dykowski.... meets her second baby

Audrey is here! 

She was born on March 8, weighing seven pounds, nine ounces and 201/2 inches long. 

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. 

I’m so hopeful for her future.  

I can’t wait to see the joy she brings to our family. 

I will cherish watching her bond with Scott.

I will fight for her and Darci to have a close relationship. 

I want her to reach every ounce of her potential.

I want her to be a person she is proud of.

I hope she laughs early and often. 

I hope she loves to cuddle for a long time. 

Whatever life throws at us, I want her to feel secure in the love of our family. 

Whatever mistakes I make as her mom, I hope she can overcome and understand that I will always do my best. 

I plan to do my utmost to give her the tools she needs to be happy in life. 

I plan to teach her everything good I can think to teach her. 

Wed
14
Mar

The Publisher's Desk: Picnic as a family of three

On a day when I had to work late recently, Sarah took Darci home, whipped up some sandwiches and met me at the City Park 30 minutes later for a picnic. 

We ate, sang “Winnie the Pooh” songs and pretended like we were in the Hundred Acre Woods. 

Darci picked out two nearby trees and pretended Pooh and Piglet lived there. It would have felt totally natural to see one of them walking around. 
Then we went for a walk.

Darci brought her Elsa microphone and played “Let It Go” for all the high school kids playing basketball to hear. 

There’s a button that triggers Demi Lovato’s version of the song, but instead of holding it over her mouth, she holds it in the air like a “Frozen” torch or beacon. 

Given our life, it would have felt natural to see Elsa or Anna walk up and join in the singing.

She really wanted to go to the playground, and when we got there she really wanted to climb to the tallest possible part.   

Wed
14
Mar

One Reporter's Ramblings: Player has left the game

“Call me when you get a second.”

There are few phrases that can inspire such paranoia as getting a text message saying this.

The text was from a friend I met playing Xbox more than a decade ago. I know his name but for the sake of this story, I’ll call him by his online nickname, Space Insomniac.

I’ve never met Space face-to-face as he lives many states away, but we’ve talked often in the past decade, initially sharing stories and life events while shooting at or with each other in “Halo” or “Call of Duty.”

As we moved on to different game consoles, we shared phone numbers to keep in touch when we want to chat about movies or music or when we need a sympathetic ear.

I had the ability to talk so I immediately called upon getting the message. 

“SeeMonster is dead.” 

I’m actually paraphrasing to give a good man some privacy.

Wed
14
Mar

Mrs. Dykowski... remembers the best spring break

It’s spring break in Dublin and that always reminds me of my very favorite spring break memories. 

When Scott and I attended Angelo State University, we decided to spend our spring break together going on a road trip to see our families. 

We ended up carving a huge rectangle out of the center of the state. San Angelo to Loraine to Trenton to Waco to Belton and back to Angelo again. 

We put our beta fish, Jorge, in a Tupperware (with a hole in the lid) buckled into the back seat of my sporty, red Chevy Cobalt. We didn’t think he could make it nine days on his own, so we brought him along, not sure if he would make it nine days on the road either.

Jorge was our communal property, purchased less than a month into our relationship. 

The specifics are fuzzy to me now, but I think I bought the bowl and Scott bought the fish. 

He lived at my apartment most of the time, but he would stay in Scott’s dorm on weekends if I had to go out of town. 

Wed
07
Mar

Mrs. Dykowski... watches internet videos

Being super pregnant leaves me with little energy so I find myself spending quite a bit of time online, looking at random videos. 

I have an online friend who loves everything about makeup. 

She does makeup tutorial videos and posts them online. 

There are a lot of women who do this, post videos of themselves putting on makeup for other women to learn from.

They carefully show the product labels so you can recreate the exact look — if you can afford to. 

They use intricate techniques and the videos, though never more than about 5 minutes long, always lose me within about 50 seconds. 

There’s so many steps, so much blending, so many colors — not to mention that almost none of them have my bleached peaches and cream complexion. 

It’s something I want to be interested in. 

It seems interesting and maybe even relaxing to watch someone put on their makeup, but in reality, it’s not something that captures my imagination at all. 

Wed
21
Feb

The Publisher's Desk: So you want to elect an official? (part 3)

If you’re like me, you’re pretty sick of politics by now. 

To take your mind off of all the candidates, I invite you to instead consider how to research candidates. 
Joy!

In all seriousness, as I’ve written about for the past three weeks, it can be hard to know who to vote for in statewide and national elections. 

For the local elections, we try to give you as much information as is out there. But when it comes to statewide elections, we admit we can’t do them justice, so to compensate, here are my suggestions on how to research them online to make the most informed decision. 

This week’s suggestion is the Texas Tribune database. 

Keying in texastribune.org will take you to an online news source that focuses exclusively on Texas. They have many databases that are interesting, such as education, water, etc., but this time of year their political databases are useful. 

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