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Common Ground by  Jennifer M Latzke


Jennifer M Latzke

 

Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke has been with the Journal since 2000. She grew up near Woodbine, Kan. Latzke writes a bi-monthly column, “Common Ground,” which has garnered several professional awards. In 2010 she was named the Communicator of Achievement by the Kansas Professional Communicators and in 2007 she was named a Master Writer by the American Agricultural Editors Association. She is also a graduate of Class X of the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership program. Latzke can be reached by phone at 620-227-1807, or by e-mail at jlatzke@hpj.com.


Beyond 'Flanders Fields'

By Jennifer M. Latzke I grew up surrounded by military veterans who had left the wheat fields of Kansas to fight on the battlefields of foreign lands. They made up the 40 percent of the American military who historically hails from

 




160 Articles:

NOV 3, 2014 —Beauty secrets of a High Plains woman

By Jennifer M. Latzke I chuckle when people back home complain about wind. Bless their hearts. I live in Dodge City, Kansas. A city the National Climatic Data Center crowned as the nation’s third windies [Read More]



OCT 20, 2014 —Still making the best better

By Jennifer M. Latzke For more than a century, millions of young people all over the United States have been challenged by one motto—“To make the best, better.” In our rural communities, our small towns, our urban hubs and [Read More]



OCT 6, 2014 —You won't break the camera

By Jennifer M. Latzke It never fails. The minute I haul out my camera in a social setting—wedding receptions, reunions, baby showers, parties, you name it—there’s one joker who makes the crack about being so ugly he or she wil [Read More]



SEP 15, 2014 —Beyond the cow and plow

By Jennifer M. Latzke I was an atypical agricultural communications student if there ever was one. Sure, I’d “grown up on a farm” and I’d “been a 4-Her”—two phrases, by the way, that lend credibility to anyone. But as far as agricul [Read More]



SEP 1, 2014 —Time to revive the Clean Plate Club

By Jennifer M. Latzke “You sit there, young lady, and don’t you move until that plate is clean. You hear me?” Oh, I heard her. And no matter how much I begged and bargained, there was no budging Mom when it c [Read More]



AUG 18, 2014 —Opportunities to learn and grow

By Jennifer M. Latzke “Requiring nothing of a child gives them no chance for failure or success. Give your kids opportunities to learn and grow.” —Dave Ramsey No one truly enjoys chores. I don’t care if you are 9 o [Read More]



AUG 4, 2014 —Pioneer pinning

By Jennifer M. Latzke Oh Pinterest and Google. What did rural mothers do without you all these years? Do you remember the days when the phrase “pinning” referred to college fraternity pins and engagements? Do you remember recipe cards quickly writ [Read More]



JUL 21, 2014 —Show your #FairThanks

By Jennifer M. Latzke Ribbons and trophies and banners and premiums—oh my. Whenever we tell the story of youth programs, we tend to focus on who won the rosette, whose name will be engraved on the trophy, who gets to place that placard [Read More]



JUL 7, 2014 —Let freedom boom

By Jennifer M. Latzke Is there anything more American than a small-town Fourth of July? It’s a specific recipe that calls for equal parts family, community pride and patriotism, with a dash of tradition and a heaping helping of local leadership t [Read More]



JUN 16, 2014 —Marshal Dillon didn't sleep here


JUN 2, 2014 —Leaving their marks on the world


MAY 19, 2014 —Chrome won't get you home


MAY 5, 2014 —Hanging up the phone


APR 21, 2014 —We're all in the same boat


MAR 31, 2014 —Water security will take collaborative efforts


MAR 24, 2014 —Making every drop count


MAR 17, 2014 —Ready for the big screen


MAR 10, 2014 —Export opportunities expanding for U.S. wheat


MAR 3, 2014 —Embrace the process


FEB 24, 2014 —Meteorologist: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best


FEB 17, 2014 —Texhoma farmers hear about U.S. cotton concerns at Red River Crops Conference


FEB 17, 2014 —We should see other seasons


FEB 3, 2014 —Postcards from the couch


JAN 20, 2014 —Putting away the holiday


JAN 6, 2014 —Questions only farm kids would ask


DEC 16, 2013 —Hallelujah, where's the Tylenol?


DEC 2, 2013 —Help me, help you, help us all


NOV 18, 2013 —So, it has come to this


NOV 4, 2013 —Big rigs deserve your patience


OCT 21, 2013 —Step away from the camera phone


OCT 7, 2013 —Warping young minds


SEP 16, 2013 —Feeding the Class of 2017


SEP 2, 2013 —When will it be Farmer Week?


AUG 19, 2013 —Just whom are you calling an old-timer?


AUG 5, 2013 —Today's digital refrigerator door


JUL 15, 2013 —The things we ask guys to do


JUL 1, 2013 —Cricket, she's just not that into you


JUN 17, 2013 —My darling Clementine


JUN 3, 2013 —Have a Pin-spirational Father's Day


MAY 20, 2013 —Get in and drive


MAY 6, 2013 —Dear College Me…


APR 15, 2013 —Nothing really changes


APR 1, 2013 —Where's my party?


MAR 18, 2013 —That's hot


MAR 4, 2013 —Counting the blessings, one flake at a time


FEB 18, 2013 —Give her a heifer


FEB 4, 2013 —Poster board, PowerPoints and puppets


JAN 21, 2013 —Rural by choice


JAN 7, 2013 —A toilet paper movement


DEC 17, 2012 —Christmas confessions


DEC 3, 2012 —A Mayan Bucket List


NOV 19, 2012 —Food is food


NOV 5, 2012 —You don't have to attend every argument


OCT 15, 2012 —Porch sitting, Warrior style


OCT 1, 2012 —The Nanny Goat Diaries


SEP 17, 2012 —Temporary heartbreak, a lesson for life


SEP 3, 2012 —Have you 'tweeted' today?


AUG 20, 2012 —Dungeons and gym classes


AUG 6, 2012 —Doorway eyes


JUL 16, 2012 —Dark and stormy mornings


JUL 2, 2012 —A mark on the wall


JUN 18, 2012 —A peek into the past


JUN 4, 2012 —A 'Siri-ous' situation


MAY 21, 2012 —A supermoon to remember


MAY 7, 2012 —Zumba at your own risk


APR 16, 2012 —Two platypi are more fun


APR 2, 2012 —The ick factor


MAR 19, 2012 —Farmers rock


MAR 5, 2012 —Regional snobbery


FEB 20, 2012 —Progress trumps the mail


FEB 6, 2012 —Sorry, Kodak


JAN 16, 2012 —Organizing the un-organizable


JAN 2, 2012 —Worrier or warrior?


DEC 19, 2011 —Wading through the noise for a real Christmas


DEC 5, 2011 —The little book


NOV 21, 2011 —A simple prayer of thanks


NOV 7, 2011 —Everywhere you look is a friend


OCT 17, 2011 —The record book routine



SEP 19, 2011 —Ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds


SEP 5, 2011 —Show and tell


AUG 15, 2011 —Project Runway meets the sheep project


AUG 1, 2011 —To the stars through difficulty


JUL 18, 2011 —To have a friend you must be one


JUL 4, 2011 —Animals will break your heart


JUN 20, 2011 —Side trips and detours


JUN 6, 2011 —Frame-worthy reminder


MAY 16, 2011 —Playing in dirt


MAY 2, 2011 —Unexpected leadership lessons


APR 18, 2011 —Appreciation for the minor things


MAR 21, 2011 —They're sending us to Vietnam


MAR 7, 2011 —A holiday we can all get behind


FEB 21, 2011 —Bring it on, February


FEB 7, 2011 —Zen and the art of painting


JAN 17, 2011 —Snow days on the farm


JAN 3, 2011 —Whom should I sue?


DEC 20, 2010 —He really does exist


DEC 6, 2010 —I've really been good this year


NOV 15, 2010 —More than the menu


NOV 1, 2010 —The end of schnitzel


OCT 18, 2010 —Adults make 4-H possible


OCT 4, 2010 —Consumer education on the midway


SEP 20, 2010 —Beef, the new fabric of our lives


SEP 6, 2010 —The midnight train to Chicago


AUG 16, 2010 —Read the instructions and believe them


AUG 2, 2010 —The most bizarre promotion ever


JUL 26, 2010 —It's about the kids


JUL 5, 2010 —The AB Positive Cafe


JUN 21, 2010 —I fought the lawn, and the lawn won


JUN 7, 2010 —Monumental lessons


MAY 17, 2010 —The hand-me-down kid


MAY 3, 2010 —Mommy Fix-It


APR 19, 2010 —Sniff, sniff, ahhh...


APR 5, 2010 —Spring renewal


MAR 15, 2010 —Comfort isn't only from ingredients


MAR 1, 2010 —House gnomes and fairies


FEB 15, 2010 —Pickup 'man'


FEB 1, 2010 —Advanced laundry skills grow from farm experience


JAN 18, 2010 —Get past the fear


JAN 4, 2010 —Similar tastes but individual processes


DEC 7, 2009 —The way to a man's heart is through a gadget?


NOV 16, 2009 —Farming with a mouse click


NOV 2, 2009 —At my best


OCT 19, 2009 —Small town Halloweens were the best


OCT 5, 2009 —What would Dorothy do?


SEP 21, 2009 —The yard sale


SEP 7, 2009 —Have you "Tweeted" today?


AUG 17, 2009 —The adventure of camping


AUG 3, 2009 —There's always next weekend


JUL 20, 2009 —The best part of the county fair


JUL 6, 2009 —A tradition 50 years strong


JUN 15, 2009 —Fatherhood in the land of Make-Believe


JUN 1, 2009 —Plans can change


MAY 18, 2009 —Cow dog leadership


MAY 4, 2009 —A limestone foundation


APR 20, 2009 —Potlucks are key to family status


APR 6, 2009 —Dance, cowboy, dance


MAR 16, 2009 —The case of the missing Cool Whip


MAR 2, 2009 —Choose your 'tude


FEB 16, 2009 —Valentine from the heart


FEB 2, 2009 —Can't put a good book down


JAN 19, 2009 —Catwalk-worthy coveralls


JAN 5, 2009 —More fun than a platypus


DEC 15, 2008 —Re-lighting the Christmas spirit


DEC 1, 2008 —Staying home on Black and Blue Friday


NOV 17, 2008 —Show thanks for our "treasures"


NOV 3, 2008 —I just wanted a s'more


OCT 20, 2008 —Revenge of the elm trees


OCT 6, 2008 —Dear Mr. or Ms. Politician-


SEP 1, 2008 —Grandma's carbon footprint


AUG 18, 2008 —The sentinels of the fair


AUG 4, 2008 —Entertainment world can translate into agriculture


JUL 14, 2008 —A serial concern


JUL 7, 2008 —Greener pastures


JUN 16, 2008 —The year of discovery


JUN 2, 2008 —Conversations with Dad


MAR 3, 2008 —Secrets to the universe found in a handbag


FEB 4, 2008 —Single life in farm country


JAN 21, 2008 —Seed catalog mania


JAN 7, 2008 —Counting down to t-h-i-r-t-y

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