A native Iowan, Sara Konrad Baranowski has been editor of the Times Citizen since 2007. She’s a wife, mom to twins and news junkie who appreciates a good waffle as much as a good story. Follow her on Twitter @skonradb.

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How would life differ if we were willing to try new things without hesitation? What if we jumped into new experiences feet first? What’s the worst that could happen? And what’s the best?

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A wise friend of mine believes we’re wrong to talk about work/life balance. Balance, she argues, implies that there are two sides and that they can be separate and equal. But most of us know that’s not possible. Inevitably, if I’m giving parenting my best effort, I feel like I’m slacking at …

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There are certain stories that, when it’s time to publish, I wince in anticipation of the reactions I’m sure they’ll elicit. School calendar coverage is one of them. Be it snow makeup days, the number of school days in a year, or any variation thereof, it almost always turns ugly, especially…

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Some of my earliest memories are of my hometown library. Sorting through the plastic bags that held books on tape. Competing in the summer reading challenge. Sitting in the 1980s-modern chairs to leaf through a book and decide whether it was worth taking home.

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The excitement I felt to attend the Class of ’98’s 20th reunion last month must rank in the top five plot twists of my life thus far.

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When you list them out, there are quite a few dangerous professions. Police, fire and ambulance professionals put themselves in harm’s way all the time. Cab drivers and convenience store employees are often targeted. And teachers have spent years practicing drills to fend off intruders. Afte…

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Last week I was talking with an out-of-state friend about my weekend plans. I told her I was looking forward to Iowa Falls’ Winter Rec Fest (my hands-down favorite festival of the year), but I was disappointed that the ice- and snow-dependent activities had to be canceled.

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There’s a movement in journalism that’s been gaining attention in recent years. It’s called “audience engagement.” It’s a simple concept – one that many of us at small-town newspapers, radio stations and online news outlets have long believed we’re already doing. The initiative is built arou…

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In my 10 years editing the Times Citizen, patterns have emerged: as the frequency of meetings increases, so does my crankiness; every summer, someone will pass through Hardin County on their bike ride across the country; and most people, if asked, will decline an invitation to share their op…