Oscar ‘oops’ hits a nerve in the newsroom

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

My husband and I sat bleary-eyed on the couch watching the Oscars Sunday night after an afternoon of Youth Fair prep with the kids. I'm not even sure why we were glued to the TV, other than we were too tired to move. After all, I had seen only one Best Picture nominee and didn't have a personal stake in the outcome. Yet, we watched.

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College board antics only reinforce the need for Wise representation

Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The shenanigans at Weatherford College headquarters the last few weeks are perfect examples of why Wise County needs a voting seat on its board of directors.

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The tale of Crash: A cat, who despite all odds, keeps on keepin’ on

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

How long do cats normally live? I only ask because I feel like the Tribes may be headed for a record with our Crash.

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Despite all odds, Perry dances his way to D.C.

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I was convinced Rick Perry's political career jumped the shark after his short stint on "Dancing with the Stars." Instead, it paved his way to Washington, D.C.

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Warming up to the idea of snowy weather

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow ... I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow ... I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow ..." Or ... not.

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Dance teacher embodies poise, perseverance

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

When I first met ballet teacher Karen Smith, I was incredibly self-conscious in her presence. She is a woman of precision, discipline and quiet fortitude.

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Over the river and through the woods …

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

The holidays are a time of traditions - both big and small. Growing up, many of those centered around my grandparents' homes in Saint Jo. Every holiday we would hit both places: Grandma's house, a large, chaotic affair; and MaMa and PaPa's home, a smaller group, but just as loud and fun.

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Channel election energy into local entities

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

My head was spinning last Tuesday night as the election results rolled in. Gazillionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America. Whether you voted for or against Trump, this most likely came as a surprise.

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Focusing on good things

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Election season is exhausting. But the finish line is just ahead. By this time next week, we'll know. We will have a president-elect.

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The evolution of embarrassing my kids

Published Saturday, October 22, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I'm of the age that I embarrass my children. Or maybe they're at the age they find me embarrassing. Either way, it's a recent development in our household.

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What I’ve learned from my Fitbit

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Walking is harder than it looks. It's not that I don't know how or dislike it; my daily routine just doesn't present many opportunities to do it.

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Perry’s smooth moves fall short on the dance floor

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Rick Perry, the eyes of Texas are upon you, and they are horrified. The former governor of the Lone Star State and twice-failed presidential hopeful is a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," and his performances have been nothing short of shameful.

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Say ‘cheese’ and mean it

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

All I wanted was one photo. It was the first day of school, after all. And among first days, this was a big one for the Tribes.

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Would Chick-fil-A really improve our lives?

Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

You know what would make Decatur great again? Chick-fil-A. That is, according to the Messenger's Facebook page.

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Get out of my life CenturyLink

Published Saturday, July 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Dear CenturyLink, I can't believe we ever got back together. What was I thinking?! I want to break up. And this time it's for real. I know, you think you'll be able to convince me to come back ... like in 2011 when we broke up the first time. But this is it.

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Practicing haphazard gardening with a touch of Sperry

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

WWND? What would Neil do? The thought ran through my head as I stared at a misshapen mini rose bush in my front flower bed. Bermudagrass was threatening to take it over. I was done.

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Squeeze the most fun out of summer vacation

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Summer inspires adventure. Throughout my life this has meant different things, and as a recent college graduate and newlywed, the adventure of choice was scuba diving.

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One great coach makes all the difference

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I went to a funeral this week for Mike Curran, a former coach at Alvord High School and one of my dad's best friends. My chest still tightens thinking about it. The place was packed.

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No place to play; City should contemplate new parks plan

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A recent master plan by engineering firm Kimley Horn revealed that the city of Decatur is sorely lacking in park amenities, according to National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) standards.

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That’s right, you’re not from Texas

Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Being from Texas is a source of pride for me. Although political season is difficult for a moderate-minded Texan like myself, it's the big skies, big hearts and even bigger stories that I love so much. It's home.

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