Category: Free Falling

Cookie fortunes can crumble

I have always been fascinated by fortune cookies. More specifically, the printed pieces of paper they contain. Most are useless, arbitrary and meaningless. Someone left a huge box of the treats in the teacher workroom and lunch­room recently. We all had a good time checking out the words of wisdom they contain. Too late, I thought about keeping all of […]

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Things I hope vanish in 2016

The new year brings a sense of hope, a chance for a new start. It is also an opportunity to clear up and perhaps even forget the errors of the past 12 months. Here are a few things I would like to see disappear in 2016. My wish list begins with what has become a tradition at college football games: […]

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Three terms that need to go

ome random December thoughts: Here are three terms I am OK with never hearing anyone utter again: Black Fri­day, Obamacare and any scandal that ends in “gate.” I thought maybe the term “Black Friday” had outlived its usefulness. So much holiday shopping is done online these days, the idea of rising early on the day after Thanksgiving and battling crowds […]

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So different, yet so similar

So, it’s November, and we all know what that means. Yes, the Christ­mas decorations are going up in store windows, but that was already happening in October. What I am talking about is the increased intensity of the 2016 presidential campaign. Whoopee. I can’t wait. I am both intrigued and frightened by the rise in popularity of “The Donald.” I […]

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Walking in Imelda’s shoes?

My wife calls me Imelda, as in Marcos. For those who don’t remember the foot­wear-hoarding former first lady of the Philippines, it is my spouse’s way of saying she thinks I own too many pairs of shoes. I respectfully disagree. All serve some purpose. While I admit that I likely do own more shoes than the average middle-aged male, each […]

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Enjoying that Royals ride

It’s likely no secret to regular Free Press readers that I am a Royals baseball fan. Have been since the George Brett era in the 1970s. Though I welcome those who are new to the bandwagon, I consider myself a true follower of the Kansas City team. Here’s why I believe the glory days for KC fans are here to […]

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First cruise was smooth sailing

To commemorate my wife and my 35th anniversary, we embarked on a Canada to New England cruise in late July. As first timers, we were not sure what to expect. We actually set a number of “firsts” on the trip. For starters, it was the first time either of us had set foot in Canada. I remember as a kid […]

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Everyday fixtures fading fast?

In the June issue of the AARP Bulletin (yes, I am old enough to get this magazine), writer Betsy Towner presents a list of fixtures of everyday life that will “go the way of the gramophone, labeled ‘quaint’ and relegated to museums—if not the trash” in the next 50 years. Some I would be prone to agree with. Others, I […]

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Earthquakes are on the rise

As a Kansan, I never thought I would feel an earthquake, at least not while within the borders of my own state, and certainly not within the confines of my home. But, it is happening with more and more regularity these days. Friday evening, as I sat at my computer contemplating a subject for my next column, I felt the […]

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What I’d say to graduates…

I’ve never actually been asked to give a graduation speech. No, no. I am not fishing for an invitation. But, I have sometimes thought about what I would say as I faced the shining group of eager faces about to get a cold slap of reality from life. Would I hand out the usual words of encouragement about how the […]

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