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Wed
21
Feb

Mrs. Dykowski... presents Spring Sports

It’s spring sports time again! 

The weather is — sort of — changing and it feels like to time to pull the tennis rackets out of the garage. 

I’m not actually going to do that of course because I’m basically nine months pregnant, but that’s the feeling in the air. 

I’m a little envious of the kids who I’ve seen on the court these last few weeks practicing their serve. Mine could really use some work. 

Last week, one of my Facebook memories was a photo of Scott and I after we spent most of an afternoon playing tennis, trying to help him prepare to play in an open tournament with his sister. 

We’ve played a few times since then. 

Darci likes to play on the court with us, but I find that my game is a little timid with her running around. 

Luckily, I’ve only pegged her once and it was a very gentle hit. 

She barely noticed — I felt like the world’s worst mom. 

How does Serena Williams keep her game so strong? 

Wed
07
Feb

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

Voting informed can be hard. 
Who do you vote for? How do you find trustworthy information? Who can you count on?
Well, the Dublin Citizen, of course. 
In all seriousness, though, we do our best to cover local campaigns fully, but we don’t have the space or resources to do statewide or national campaigns justice. 
So, starting last week, I’m detailing my advice about how to research these elections so you feel fully informed on election day. 
The key is to get your information from several sources. No source is complete in and of itself. 
Last week we discussed getting the ballot from the state secretary’s website.  
This week, let’s consider the Dallas Morning News. 

DMN has an elections center complete with question-and-answer profiles and, sometimes, endorsements. 

I’m not saying you should take their endorsements as gospel. I sometimes disagree with you they’ve chosen. 

Wed
07
Feb

Mrs. Dykowski... versus her plan

I am a planner. 

Scratch that — I married a planner. 

He likes to plan things down to the minute. 

Literally, his planner is broken into 30-minute increments every day. 

Some of that has inevitably rubbed off on me because I also keep a planner. (Mine is just broken up by day, because I like to see the whole month at once.) 

The only daily thing I have listed in my planner is our meal plan, which I prep and shop for twice a month. 

I was advised by my doctor that I needed to change my diet a bit in the home stretch of pregnancy, early in our last meal plan period. 

Let’s just say I had to get a little creative to finish those last few days. 

I’ve never been so excited to grocery shop as I was last Thursday when my old meal plan finally ran out, and my grocery budget started over. 

It’s not easy to plan for Scott’s need for more veggies and whole grains, and my need for more iron-rich proteins and fewer carbs. 

Wed
07
Feb

One Reporter's Ramblings: The benefits of staycations

Monday was my first vacation day of the year. My day started off pretty eventful.

I fought a demon that was corrupting Templar knights so that they could help me in my quest to end the blight that was affecting the entire kingdom.

Sure, it was in an Xbox game, but that shouldn’t take away from such a noble achievement.

My parents and we actually took vacation days to spend time with my Aunt Vicky and Uncle Joe, who were basically second parents to me growing up.

I just got to have a relaxing morning since we were staying up late and visiting. 

The family also made a couple of shorter drives for dinner and to visit Katie at the W.K. Gordon Center while she was working Saturday.

Echoing sentiments I voiced in a previous column, Aunt Vicky said how nice it was to see Katie, an avid history lover, in her element as she showed us around the museum and explained the happenings of Thurber before it became the ghost town it is today.

Wed
31
Jan

The Publisher's Desk: So you want to elect an official?

In my 10 years of voting, local elections have always been easier to follow than national elections. 

There are fewer sources writing about these elections, so if you want to know who to vote for, reading your local paper (hey, that’s us) and following campaign facebook pages will give you most of the information you need.

Also, because they are local, you can always contact that person directly and know they’ll likely get back with you to answer your concerns. 

State and national elections, on the other hand, are harder to follow. 

Who do you trust? Where do you look? If you call them on the phone, will they ever call you back?

I’ve never tried to call a state official to ask about campaign information — maybe they would call you back.

If you tried to call Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, I’m guessing not. 

Wed
31
Jan

Mrs. Dykowski... runs over several computer-generated people

“Does she always drive this slow?” 

That’s a question I didn’t expect to hear sitting in a Law Enforcement Driving Simulator in Stephenville recently. 

When Jeremy Woodruff from the sheriff’s office emailed Scott to see if any of us at the Citizen wanted to try out their driving training, I leapt at the opportunity. 

I imagined myself out- manuevering bad guys in a high-speed chase and learning the ins and outs of how Sheriff’s deputies operate. 

But the simulator started very low-stakes. 

I was instructed to drive down a street and honk at every red car or pedestrian wearing red. 

He said I was the only moving vehicle on the road, so I decided to take it slow. Apparently painfully slow. 

I still only got three out of four, so I guess I won’t be getting deputized anytime soon. 

The next simulator was evasive maneuvers. 

The scenario: you’re dodging traffic and pedestrians — without any brakes. 

Wed
31
Jan

One Reporter's Ramblings: Who is this 'me' guy?

“Do you feel bad for laughing at your own writing?”

“Yeah, I read it and I ask myself, ‘Who wrote this?’ Oh, it’s me.”

This was a conversation Scott and I had while reading through our 2017 columns last week.

It’s contest time, which means looking through everything we did for a full year in a few hours and then picking two things to represent the best of our work.

I will admit that keeping up with a weekly column is hard, and the slacker teenager in me occasionally just wonders if it’s worth the trouble.

“Would anyone even notice if I stopped writing my column?” I ask while flipping the hair from in front of my eye and listening to goth rock.

Okay, I’m not that melodramatic (but I do listen to goth rock).

Anytime I try to be hard on myself about it, I hear from someone who reads my column.

I’ve gone on record that praise embarrasses me, but I do appreciate the compliments and critiques I get from every one of our readers.

Wed
24
Jan

The Publisher's Desk: I'm nominating Grandma for 2020

Y’all, my great-grandma could be president of the United States. 

She is, apparently, an excellent voice of the people. I’m super impressed with her skills. 

I’ve always known that she is the kind of person who is open with people. It’s a quality I appreciate. She has this talent of telling you exactly what she’s thinking and still expressing her love and affection for you. 

It’s a skill that, as a grandson, I appreciate. I know that if there’s something about my life she doesn’t approve of, she’ll tell me. But, then, she’ll let it go and let me make the decision for myself. It doesn’t change our relationship. 

I’m not good at that kind of thing. I find that when I express my opinion, it tends to come off harsh and exacting. I don’t know why. It’s one of those things that I’m working on. 

Sarah, on the other hand, is a lot like my great-grandma in that sense. I think it’s because they have good senses of humor. 

Wed
24
Jan

Mrs. Dykowski.. can't believe it's the end of January

What year is it?

I’m still putting 2017 on stuff and January is basically over. 

In the words of my people, “I can’t even ...” 

Am I alone in thinking that someone stole January away from us? 

My to-do list for January is not even half finished yet! 

Okay ... calming down now. 

Whew. 

Let’s look at the silver lining, Dublin. 

January is pretty much gone, but February brings Valentine’s Day, which is a favorite of elementary students and married ladies alike. 

I can’t wait to go have a nice dinner with my favorite person. 

There’s also the Chamber Banquet to look forward to. 

Unfortunately, it lasts past bedtime, so I’ll be missing out, but I’m excited to hear the highlights and see the photos as they make their way to the pages of the Citizen. 

Then it will be March, Dublin’s favorite month! 

Wed
24
Jan

One Reporter's Ramblings: Razzing the 'Razzies'

I heard the nominations on the radio, saw them on ABC News, CNN and Fox, and saw countless people comment on them online. I’m not talking about the Academy Awards. Shortly before the Oscar contenders were announced, the 38th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced, known to most as Razzies.

Honoring the worst of the year, the awards show tries to send-up the Academy Awards. I’ve known about the proceeding for years, but it wasn’t until the last year that I’ve seen the problems with it.

The Razzies have been around since 1980, skewering mainly popular targets. Its prime targets in the first couple of years were “Xanadu” and “Mommie Dearest.” The latter film about the real-life child abuse committed by Joan Crawford would later get a Razzie for “Worst Film of the Decade.”

I knew little about the film except that it was regarded poorly and featured the line, “No more wire hangers!” delivered in a shriek.

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