Category: Free Falling

Mystery business: good or bad?

I have read with interest the various comments of community members about the so-called mystery business that is allegedly coming to Hillsboro at some point in the not-too-distant future. All ambiguities aside, and there still seem to be many of them, I can’t help but wonder whether this imminent arrival will be a good thing or a bad thing for […]

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Taking on the Manitou Incline

I’ve done my share of hiking, running and biking in Colorado over the years. But, I have never before taken on the task I attempted with my daughter recently. The two of us decided to ascend about 2,000 feet of elevation in less than a mile by accepting a challenge to climb the Manitou Incline. Allow me to give a […]

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Toilet talk, European style

Let’s talk about toilets. We take the free use of lavatories for granted in the United States. But, as was once again confirmed on a recent trip overseas, the same cannot be said for European bathrooms. One does not pee for free. In America, and I use that term specifically for the United States, I have never had to pay […]

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Son’s wit shines via Twitter

I am becoming a bit more tech savvy and have learned a lot about Twitter during the past year, though I still have a long way to go before I catch up with the kids. Basically, it is a way to communicate a person’s thoughts, or to pass on someone else’s comments, in 140 characters. My son, whom I still […]

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Being chatty comes in handy

When I was just a kid, I would often marvel and sometimes be annoyed by all the people my dad knew. We would meet his acquaintances in stores, restaurants and even on vacation trips out of state. It seemed like no matter where we would go, my dad knew somebody or somebody knew him. What I didn’t understand then and […]

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Are conservatives totally right?

So, here we are, deep into the second term of President Barack Obama. And, conservatives have done nothing but complain for nearly six years and have blocked everything he has tried to accomplish. They continue to try to scare Americans into opposing the president’s agenda. And, I guess that’s what annoys me most about Republicans. Let’s take a moment to […]

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At 55, life is lived a tad slower

I have a birthday coming up later this month. I am taking this one, No. 55, personally. Though I am not much for placing significance on the anniversaries of my coming into this world, this particular one feels a bit more important. I am waxing some­what more philosophic as I mark five years of AARP eligibility. Despite the fact that […]

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Lessons learned as HHS ‘voice’

I have been announcing basketball games at Hills­boro High School for more than a decade now. That includes at least 10 Trojan Classic tournaments, probably more, but I am too lazy just now to do the math. I know I am not the greatest PA guy in the world, maybe not even in the county, but I do pride myself […]

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Let’s aim to do better in 2014

I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions. They only last a short time; the results are almost never permanent. But I do believe in striving to do better, to improve. And the start of 2014 just might be the right time to take that first step. So, here are some ideas of things we can all strive for during the […]

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Things I miss and don’t miss

One of my neighbors was raking leaves the other day, and as I was walking by, I made the comment that I missed the old days when burning leaves was permitted back in my hometown of Goessel. We would spend the day raking the leaves into the ditches, then lighting them as the sun began to sink. The ritual would […]

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