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Tuesday 02/05/2013
How do you relax?

Last night I crinkled newspaper, collected kindling and a few good logs, built a teepee and tossed a couple matches in the mix.

Then I sat back in my German lawn chairs that I'd found for $1 at a garage sale, and while my dogs lounged around me, I roasted marshmallows.

How do you relax after a long day?

(P.S. I checked first to make sure I wasn't violating a burn ban.)

Posted in Newsroom on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:42 am. Updated: 9:59 am. | Tags: Singles , Relax , Marshmallow , Holly Wise Fire Comments (2)

Monday 02/04/2013
Stopped at green lights

22 minutes.

That’s how long it took me to get through Copperas Cove this morning on my way to work. Traffic was backed up on 190 eastbound to Sonic, and at the intersection of 190 and MLK, vehicles were stopped at the green light.

I was chill over the whole situation. There was no use getting mad, honking, or weaving in and out of the tightly packed lines of vehicles. We were, and will continue to be, all in the same boat. To utilize my time sitting still, I cleaned off my passenger seat and sorted through paperwork that had piled up. I listened to my favorite morning radio talk show, and let people join the traffic party as they needed to.

But really, 22 minutes to get from end of Cove to the other? That used to be my entire commute. There’s speculation that the new light at the H-E-B Plus is the cause, but I can’t be certain, and I don’t want to lay blame on what is a great addition to the city.

I’d just like to get back to the good ole days of a speedier commute.

Posted in Newsroom on Monday, February 4, 2013 10:45 am. Updated: 10:53 am. | Tags: Geography Of Texas , Killeen Temple Fort Hood Metropolitan Area , Copperas Cove Texas , Talk Radio , Sonic , Texas , Stopped In Traffic , Holly Wise Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/05/2012
Prepping

I'm running a 5K in three days, and I'm trying to nurse myself off the brink of a cold. I've shuttered myself in my house for most of the afternoon under strict instructions from myself to GET BETTER. I even turned down an invitation to watch football, and despite feeling better this evening don't plan on overdoing it. That also means no running, which hopefully won't prove too detrimental on Saturday.

Registration for the race is open till 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Harker Heights and you should consider doing it! I'm still a novice at the whole running thing, but it's becoming a habit of mine. I even bought new running shoes Monday and thought, "You're really doing it! You're running!"

I have never, ever, ever been a runner, but have the privilege of having friends who are dedicated athletes...elite runners, professional marathoners, Ironman competitors, triathletes...

And then me. I like food. And my knees and ankles have never appreciated running, and a couple other body parts have always, um, gotten in the way.

Well, I still like food (it's one of life's pleasures) and sometimes my knees and ankles fuss at me, and those couple other body parts aren't going anywhere, but I've decided to shed the excuses and just be active.  

Last night I ran a mile with my running partner, Tuck, and on our way back (walking), I was frustrated with myself for having only run a mile. I tried to pick up the pace again, but I couldn't. My critical (adversarial) side of myself was irritated and judgy. My coaching (and much more empathetic) side took over and I reminded myself of where I've come.

Two months ago I started running. Two months ago I couldn't run 4/10 of a mile. Two months ago I was running in 1/10-segment circles around my neighbor's house. Two months ago I had never participated in a race.

Fast forward to today. I'm running a mile at a time several times a week. I'm not running in circles anymore; I go to the park, or along the highway. I've completed my first 5K, and registered today for my second. AND I'm mentally committing myself to running another one on the 15th...the Hope for the Hungry 5K in Belton.

If I can do it - me, with all my excuses and ailments and hindrances - so can you. Start small - one step, one day at a time - and see where you go.

If you haven't already, register to run Saturday's race. And if you need another week to think about it and would like to support Hope for the Hungry, run with me on the 15th.

Now. I'll return to nursing myself back to complete health. 

Posted in Newsroom on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 7:43 pm. | Tags: Running , 5k , Cold Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/22/2012
The Newsroom is Running

I'm running a 5K Sept. 8 and I'm recruiting for it.

My skills have been successful so far, though probably questionable:

"You can have a fun-sized candy bar, but only if you promise to run a 5K with me on Sept. 8." It's amazing what my colleagues will pledge to do when staring down a Starburst. One even volunteered to do 50 push-ups!

But in all seriousness, I've recruited four colleagues (still working on a few others), and a couple friends from Killeen and Harker Heights. I might also have a couple driving from Austin to participate with us.

If you're medically able to join us, I think you should, and don't be intimidated by what might look like athleticism coming out of the newsroom.

I'll speak for myself and say in plain English: I am not an athlete. Up until about 6 weeks ago, I wasn't even running and joked that if I had to run for my life, I would die. That last part still might be true. But I'm committed to taking one small step at a time to improve my health and quality of life.

I also want to make it clear that I'm not a super health nut. Just last weekend did I binge on Wheat Thins and Friday night I ate a pint of ice cream. There, that's my confession - proof that sometimes Wheat Thins and ice cream is what's needed to cure life's ails. (not really, but you know what I mean).

It doesn't matter if you're a runner or a walker, if you're fit as a fiddle or, like me, have weight you want to slough off, getting healthy is about putting one foot in front of the other and making one choice at a time.

Holly Wise

KDH City Editor

hwise@kdhnews.com

Posted in Newsroom on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:13 pm. Updated: 2:27 pm. | Tags: Health , Running , 5k , Getting Healthy , Choices , Healthy Choices Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/21/2012
the (hand)written word

I have a pen-pal relationship with my landlord.

Every month, with my rent, I include a handwritten note, and in it I catch her up on what the last month has looked like for me and my dogs, how the cottage is doing, and I usually inquire as to her and her husband's well being.

She writes me back every month.

Perhaps exchanging handwritten (and typed) notes with your landlord every month isn't in your cards. But there has to be someone you can resurrect this bygone form of communication with.

Just today I dropped a card in the mail to my mom. It was nothing special - a handwritten note letting her know I was thinking about her and that I love her.

I mailed another note to a friend who recently left Fort Hood.

Of course, we text, email, Facebook and talk on the phone, but sometimes it's the little things that matter.

And the little thing of the day just might be writing someone a note and mailing it.

Holly Wise

KDH City Editor

hwise@kdhnews.com

Posted in Newsroom on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:44 pm. Updated: 12:47 pm. Comments (1)

Friday 08/17/2012
Welcome, welcome!

I'll be honest with y'all: there were high-fives and congratulations swirling between the newsroom and the Geek Cube yesterday when our new website went live. As a matter of fact, I was in an editorial meeting when Linda (our online coordinator) poked her head in to make the big announcement. I gathered my pen and notebook and left the meeting to deliver the news to our social media audience. And I passed out fun-sized candy bars to celebrate.

It's been a long time coming, but we're proud to deliver to y'all what we think you deserve: a quality website with key features that enhances your ability to communicate with us and your communities. Be sure and check out Linda's blog (From the Geek Cube), which you can find by clicking on the "opinion" link and then "blogs." She does a great job of explaining how to get started using the new site. She'll also update the blog frequently with how-to tips.

That's the great thing about our new site - you're not going to see blank blog spaces or an empty calendar. We are ALL going to use it, including you!

So enjoy! And let us know if you run into any bugs or things we can improve. We're learning how to navigate the inner workings of the system so we appreciate your patience.

Have a great weekend!

Holly Wise

KDH City Editor

hwise@kdhnews.com

Posted in Newsroom on Friday, August 17, 2012 6:04 pm. Updated: 7:22 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/16/2012
Just my Opinion: Hasan trial delay right call

It's hard to believe that the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan has been delayed again.

We're coming up on three years since the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood that took 13 lives and injured 32 others.

Earlier this week, it looked as if everything was lined up perfectly for the start of the trial on Monday -- at last.

But no, the trial is on hold now -- and all because of a beard.  More specifically, whether Hasan should be able to wear one in court.

Since Hasan is still a soldier, he is subject to the military dress code, which prohibits beards.

But Hasan claims his religion comes first, and that not wearing a beard would be a sin.

A high military appeals court will decide the issue -- as it should.

The last thing anyone wants is to have this long-delayed case end up in a mistrial or have the verdict overturned on appeal because a court finds that Hasan's rights have been violated.

Hey, it could happen. And then were would we be? Out thousands of dollars in taxpayer money and possibly two months of time in the courtroom.

Better to take care of this issue now and deal with another delay.

Just my opinion.

Read my editorial on the subject in Sunday's Herald.

 

Dave Miller

Deputy managing editor

dmiller@kdhnews.com

 

Posted in Newsroom on Thursday, August 16, 2012 3:20 pm. Updated: 2:13 pm. | Tags: Hasan , Court-martial , Beard , Fort Hood , Shooting Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02/05/2013

Campfire How do you relax?

Monday 02/04/2013

Stopped at green lights

Sunday 12/02/2012

Butterfly

Wednesday 09/05/2012

Prepping

Wednesday 08/22/2012

The Newsroom is Running

Tuesday 08/21/2012

the (hand)written word

Friday 08/17/2012

Welcome, welcome!

Thursday 08/16/2012

Just my Opinion: Hasan trial delay right call