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[12 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[adopt] a New Friend from the Kansas Humane Society

Every week, we feature a few adorable, adoptable pets from the Kansas Humane Society and dare you to resist their cute lil’ faces. Want to bring one of these loveable cats or dogs home with you? Visit KHS from 11 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday. Have a happy adoption story to tell? Email us at editors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Curco, an 8-month-old Labrador Retriever/Border Collie Mix, is a social butterfly so he is extremely friendly and playful. …

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[11 Feb 2010 | by Tim Kaul]
[meet] The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask

1. Name, Age, Occupation: Jason Stepien, 29, bartender
2. What’s currently stored up on your DVR? If I had a DVR it would have True Blood, Mythbusters, and Man vs. Wild.
3. If you had to karaoke, what song would you choose? “A Boy Named Sue.”
4. What’s in your pocket? Two winning scratch lotto tickets, 63 cents, gum, nine pens, three lighters, a wine opener, a three-inch-thick “Costanza” wallet, a beer opener, a pocketknife, a flashlight, a cell phone that after a tragic accident at the lake was repaired with the defroster in my …

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[11 Feb 2010 | by Ashley Perkins]
[go] A Guide to the North Side

I grew up in Park City. And I pretty much hated it. Since I went to Wichita schools, it meant I was far away from sleepovers and the mall, and going over to a friend’s house to hang out always seemed overly complicated. I lived north of Wichita for 22 years, and when my parents moved to the east side six and a half years ago, I didn’t think there would be any reason for me to go there again.
But, the more I thought about it, the more I felt …

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[10 Feb 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman]
[read] Five Books to Make You Sound Smart

I’m not going to say I sound like a genius all the time. I don’t know anything about technology, modern science, or theology. I can weigh in on politics and philosophy, but only because those only require offering an opinion, and I’m sure you all know by now I have plenty of those. However, as an English teacher, I am required to be well-read, and this has been my saving grace in many a conversation of the scholarly sort. True, it’s not every day that you find …

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[10 Feb 2010 | by Aimee Brock]
[date] Meeting My Match: A New Hope

After taking brief hiatus from the dating game to attend a Tweetup (in San Francisco, of all places), I found myself back at square one. I had no dates lined up and an inbox full of neglected messages from would-be suitors awaiting my clever, charming and oh-so awkward responses. It was time to change my approach. Time to get serious. Or serious-er.
Dating is a lot like plate spinning, I imagine. When you’re indiscriminately pursuing all leads, regardless of your actual interest in them, it becomes a bit overwhelming. It takes …

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[9 Feb 2010 | by Jenn Garvin]
[think] Easy Ways to Change the World

I’ve wanted to save the world since I was about five years old. I had just had my hopes of becoming a fairy princess ballerina crushed, and I felt pressured to pick a new career path as soon as possible. Aha! Champion of Goodwill and Defender of the Less Fortunate. That’ll do.
A part of me wants to say that it took about 15 years for me to understand what an undertaking that title would be – that there are international laws I need to learn, trade policies, and third-world languages. …

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[9 Feb 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[shop] Local for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us! It’s time to celebrate with your loved ones, your tried and true friends, your kids… but maybe you stopped being turned on by flowers from the grocery store and Whitman’s chocolates a long time ago. Perhaps you never were into the foil-wrapped chocolate candy roses that teenage girls swoon over. Have you thrown anything at the television during diamond jewelry commercials lately? Does the idea of dialing 1-800-FLOWERS make you nauseated? Well then, hello kindred spirit!
I know I’m talking as if Valentine’s Day is …

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[8 Feb 2010 | by Steph Barnard]
[drink] Caffeine on the Cheap

I know, I know: the cheapest way to get your java fix is to brew it up yourself at home. But there are some days when that’s just not going to happen, and a quick coffee run on the way to work is required.  Luckily for the financially challenged among us, several local coffee shops offer special deals to help you stretch your latte budget.
This is pretty much the best-kept coffee secret in Wichita. Are you ready? Go to Watermark Books between 7 and 9 a.m. Monday-Friday and order a …

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[8 Feb 2010 | by Tim Kaul]
[do] How to Write a Love Letter

Psst… Hey you, mister, I have a secret for you. What if I told you that for 50 cents a week, you could make your woman feel like the queen of Sheba? For four bits, your wife will parade through her office or PTO meeting and make the girls who got a dozen roses and a formulaic greeting card feel like schlubs. Here’s the secret….
Buy a stamp.
Wait, what? You heard me! Buy a stamp. There’s a little more to it than that, but not much. The art of the love …

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[5 Feb 2010 | by Bailey Ketterman]
[go] Winfield, Kansas

For me, like most who grew up in southcentral Kansas, Winfield has always just been… there. It had the necessities (Dillons, Walmart, JC Penney), and apart from that and the drug store, I never gave it a second look. However, now that I have returned to the area as an adult, I am seeing it with different eyes. Now I can recognize the beauty, the character, and… well, the things that are, quite frankly, out of place in this rural area.
Winfield is ranked #56 in the top 100 Small Towns …

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[5 Feb 2010 | by Jana Curl]
[do] Stay In On Valentine’s Day

Picture it: you are sitting at a tiny table surrounded by lots of other tiny tables with tiny candles and tiny vases with fake carnations in them. Couples holding hands, drinking white zinfandel and whispering sweet nothings to each other from across the table abound. You my friend, have entered the dreaded Valentine’s Day celebration zone.
Going out for Valentine’s Day can be so overrated. There is so much pressure to have a super-fantastic romantic time that you end up eating an overpriced, subpar meal and having an argument about why …

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[5 Feb 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff]
[adopt] a New Friend from the Kansas Humane Society

Every week, we feature a few adorable, adoptable pets from the Kansas Humane Society and dare you to resist their cute lil’ faces. Want to bring one of these loveable cats or dogs home with you? Visit KHS from 11 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday. Have a happy adoption story to tell? Email us at editors@verbict.com and we might feature you in an upcoming post.

Sierra Rose, an 8-month old Siberian Husky Mix, has experience living with children and other pets and she’s …

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[4 Feb 2010 | by Carly Holmes]
[date] Single and Fabulous on Valentine’s Day

Candy hearts and boxes of chocolate have lined the shelves of Target for months, previews for Dear John play every commercial break and your friends in relationships have started talking about their plans. Whether you love the holiday or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is here, people.
This year, I find myself single. Again. Regardless of my relationship status, I happen to love the holiday. I’ve had my fair share of romantic Valentine’s Days spent coupled up, but I’ve also spent plenty single – so many, in fact, that I consider myself …

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[4 Feb 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery]
[eat] Where to Get Brunch in Wichita

I’m just not a morning person. If I had my way, my day would start around a civilized time, say, 10 a.m., instead of the horrible 6 a.m. I’m forced to endure to have little things like a job. Well, life can force me to get up early, but it can’t force me to eat early.
Breakfast has never and will never be my favorite meal of the day (unless I’m having it for dinner). Instead, I’m a big fan of brunch and eateries that cater to brunch-y folk like me. …

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[3 Feb 2010 | by Kris Schindler]
[nest] Where to Find Local Art

One of the first things I did when I moved in with my then boyfriend, now husband, was hang pictures. Having things on the walls helps make a house a home.
I studied art and architecture in college and worked in a museum writing descriptions of and handling work by some of my favorite famous dead artists. The primary takeaway from my education and my experience is this: surround yourself with pieces you love.
It doesn’t matter where you find art, how important it is, how much it costs or if other …