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Emma is heading back to school where there is plenty of Lysol

By the time you read this, I’ll be back in South Bend, Indiana. The temperature will be in the seventies. So will the humidity. I will be fanning myself with my new lease agreement and yearning for...

 

Online school: YouTube or Skype?

As the summer of 2020 winds down, a generation of students casts wary eyes upon the dawn of a new school year. With it will come many familiar bugaboos—homework, early mornings, regular bedtimes...

 

Reality comes home to Emma, Bigfoot's on the porch

Fair warning: I’m not going to be very funny this week. I’ll try, as appropriate, to give you a giggle or two, but there’re certain things you can’t and shouldn’t make a joke out of. I’m...

 

Our 'Chief of the Grammar Police' gets the job!

So, you folks remember that writing contest thing at the law school I entered a couple months ago? Against all odds, I did well enough that I’ve got a new writing gig—Staff Editor at the Notre...

 

Mask ideas for the unwilling

So, you might ask, what have I been doing these past four weeks besides trying and failing to turn a two-day trip to South Bend into an unauthorized Indiana Jones sequel? Nothing earth-shattering,...

 

Our hero persists... and conquers?

Any adventurer will, at one point or another in their career, find themselves turning to philosophy. On some precarious mountain peak or vast barren plane or beat-up dorm mattress, the great...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    June 18, 2020

The lost treasure is retrieved, yet the journey is still in peril

Had the Curse of the Lost Security Deposit not loomed in the temporal distance, our intrepid adventurer might well have ceased her quest for the Lost Treasure of Apartment 1B rather than brave the...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    June 11, 2020

Emma's adventure to retrieve the abandoned treasure continues...

(We last left our intrepid adventurer and her mother in the plague-stricken wastes of SeaTac International Airport, where nobody could be bothered to wear a mask despite being crammed like sardines...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 28, 2020

What's better than Butter Stonehenge?

I am convinced that about half the stuff on the Internet these days is lists of things to do in quarantine. Fifteen recipes to try, twenty home-repair projects you can do in a day, the one hundred...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 21, 2020

Celebrate those who helped you achieve your goals

Slightly less than a year ago, a past version of me was asleep in my bedroom. A blue graduation gown was hanging in the shower in the hope that the wrinkles would disappear before I had to wear it in...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 14, 2020

Emma's done with finals-now the real work begins!

Finals are over. I'm done. I'd say I'm "finally" done, but that just feels like a bad pun even though I didn't intend it as one and-ugh. Forget it. Finals are over. If you can't tell from that car...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 7, 2020

Unsolicited legal advice from Emma

Don't do crimes! At the time of this writing, I've finished one three-hour nightmare of a final and have three more such finals in my future. By the time you read this, I'll be done with three and...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 30, 2020

More unsolicited advice from Emma

Your new hobby-writing! Finals are very nearly upon me, and I find it increasingly hard to talk or think about anything else. But given that you folks have enough stress in your lives at the moment,...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 23, 2020

Timely unsolicited horticultural advice from Emma

Last week's Times ran a couple articles about gardening. As offering unsolicited advice is one of my favorite pastimes-and as I'm sure you're not interested in another week's worth of secondhand...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 16, 2020

Our at-home law student is apprehensive about final exams

I've been home for just over a month now-and I mean that quite literally. Our family picked a "designated extrovert" to do all the errands fairly early on, and those of you who know me know that my...

 

Emma offers rebranding ideas for today's retailers

My household is extremely lucky in that it hasn’t felt much of an economic impact from this whole mess. My mom is teleworking overtime, my brother’s job at a ski shop wasn’t going to be netting...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    April 2, 2020

Law student adjusts to online learning, parakeet and kitty join in

Some wannabe philosopher on the internet – the quarantine seems to be bringing them out of the woodwork in droves – recently commented that all this isolation is forcing people to face their true...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    March 26, 2020

Studies interrupted: local law student settles into her hometown

You're stuck with me for a bit longer, I'm afraid – as of last Wednesday, in-person classes at Notre Dame Law School are cancelled for the rest of the school year. I should probably finish...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    March 19, 2020

Waitsburg law student's account of school's sudden closure

It didn't take me very long to pack. I hadn't brought that many clothes – a few tops, four pairs of pants, and my prized slate-gray skirtsuit – and I'd more or less been living out of my suitcase...

 

Waitsburg City Council Report

Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg City Council were members Terry Jacoy, Kevin House, Jim Romine, and Kate Hockersmith, along with Mayor Marty Dunn. Basin Disposal, Inc., which contrac...

 

Waitsburg City Council Report

Oct. 17, 2018 Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg City Council were Mayor Marty Dunn and Council members K.C. Kuykendall, Terry Jacoy, Kevin House and Kate Hockersmith – as well as...

 

Waitsburg School Board Report

WAITSBURG—Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg School Board were Chairman Ross Hamann and members Christy House and Lisa Morrow. Member Russ Knopp, while not onsite, attended remotely...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 30, 2018

FFA Kids Ready for Walla Walla Fair

WALLA WALLA-"We are decorating Sunday," said the post on the Waitsburg FFA's Facebook page. "Please meet [at] 10 a.m. Bring extra supplies such as zip ties, wire, or side cutters if you have them."...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg Board delays decision on Grad Requirements

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board has decided to postpone its decision on whether to keep a life-skills class as a graduation requirement until the community has had more time to offer input. Nancy Bickelhaupt, who has taught the Life...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Johnson Resigns from Waitsburg School Board

WAITSBURG-After serving for nine years, Waitsburg School Board member Marilyn Johnson has handed in her resignation. While Johnson and new board member Lisa Morrow exchanged a few jokes about Johnson...

 

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