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GOOD MORNING: Who is ready for back to school?

High temperatures always seem to makes the days of summer drag for me, because, no matter what time I go outside, it’s still too hot to enjoy the day. So it’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through the summer, which means it’s nearly back-to-school time. And that’s an exciting time of the year for parents, teachers and students.

GOOD MORNING: My Olympic injury

Basic injuries — sprains, strains, cuts, bruises, broken bones — can occur for lots of reasons, most of which are perfectly understandable. Others, like most of mine, happen in dumb, almost unbelievable ways. My most recent malady is one example.

GOOD MORNING: Going for gold

Probably the least productive thing I’ve done for myself is follow the official Olympics accounts on Facebook and Twitter. One second I’m posting a story I’ve been working on to Twitter or a funny photo to Facebook, and then I’ve completely forgotten my task as I watch clips of swimmers and gymnasts at tryouts for the Olympics.

GOOD MORNING: Just keep scrolling

I guess my job as a newspaper reporter is a pretty big giveaway to the fact that I love words. I am especially fond of inspirational quotes. While I like the ones found on posters and bookstores and libraries, I am really most often floored by the ones found on social media platforms.

GOOD MORNING: Goodness in small towns

I watched, almost in disbelief, as last Saturday’s storm bulldozed its way through our community. I caught myself thinking sarcastically, “Oh great — an actual, life-threatening storm to end an already emotionally stormy week of horrific tragedies.”

GOOD MORNING: The power of nature

As the reporter on duty last weekend, I got a first hand look at the damage that Saturday’s storms brought with them. In spite of there being little to no injuries in these storms, the whole episode served as a reminder of the power Mother Nature wields.

GOOD MORNING: Texoma Heroes

I imagine that awareness of the danger law enforcement face on a daily basis is always in the backs of their minds. Still, they charge in every day, putting themselves between the public and danger. They do it because it is their sworn duty, a life they have chosen and a calling.

GOOD MORNING: Children’s sports can be more fun

As much as I love professional sports, there’s just something about children’s sporting events that can be thrilling on a whole other level. In my experience, it doesn’t really matter what sport is being played — that level of spontaneity is present in everything from baseball to billiards.

GOOD MORNING: Never be sorry for a selfie

Earlier this week, the newsroom got into a bit of a debate about how appropriate it is to take selfies. A selfie, for those who may not be aware, is a self-portrait, usually taken with a front-facing phone camera, and it’s a term the Oxford Dictionary crowned “Word of the Year” in 2013. Since that time, the word and the action associated with it have received a lot of negativity. Many seem to believe taking a selfie is the equivalent of narcissism, or they often condemn the duck face — a spawn of the selfie — or the inappropriate locations selfies are taken, such as in bathroom mirrors.

GOOD MORNING: Garrison Keillor’s final bow

Radio host Garrison Keillor took listeners on one final trip to the fictional town of Lake Wobegon Saturday as he officially retired as host of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Keillor created the radio variety show in 1974 and remained as the host since its inception.

GOOD MORNING: #Adulting with the help of the Internet

I watched a video on Facebook recently that discussed how young people are completely lost when it comes to finding their way in the real world, specifically the kitchen. Most young folks, the video says, didn’t know how to cook and resorted to eating at restaurants or ordering takeout instead of braving the kitchen. It partially stems from a 38 percent decrease in home economics classes over the last 10 years, the video from media company ATTN said. It’s struggles like this that result in hashtags such as #Adulting or the almost-as-popular #AdultingFails .