Category: Free Falling

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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Wise thoughts on education

The first observance of American Education Week occurred Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the National Education Association and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. The celebration eventually settled on the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the event falls between Nov. 18 […]

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T-shirt reflects team’s season

The backs of the T-shirts worn by Hills­boro High School girls’ tennis team members this fall proclaim the following: “Hillsboro tennis doesn’t just build character, it reveals it.” Is this just another catchy slogan, or is there really something to this idea? Just how might the game I have coached for the past five years or so at HHS influenced […]

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We can do more to end racism

The recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. brought to mind the question of just how far we have come in combating racism in the United States, Kansas, Marion County and Hills­boro. I realized the day before that the anniversary was coming. To me, that alone was […]

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Topics diverse for year’s first quiz

I am a teacher, so as these days of summer wane, my thoughts once again turn toward what instructors do best: ask questions. And, since I do not teach math, most of mine do not have clear answers. Good luck with your first quiz of the new school year. * * * 1. At what point can we officially declare an end […]

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Trojan trek to Florida was rewarding

I get to travel a couple of times a year to a variety of destinations. It’s frequent enough to satisfy my wanderlust, but not so often that I get overly annoyed with the airlines. On a recent occasion, I was privileged to accompany three young men from Hillsboro High School on an excursion to Orlando, Fla., for the Technology Student […]

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