Category: Partly Nonsense

You can’t trust big companies

Internet woes are my middle name. The DSL bill with Century Link had been getting out of hand for months now, and I finally did something about it. I called them this past Monday and Thursday night to see what could be done about it. On Monday, I was told they could lower the bill by $19.99 per month and […]

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Starting is the hard part

The first paragraph of my column is the hardest to write. The rest of them run out of my head like water. Noth­ing ever seems to be that important to be the lead item. I am always impressed with what our other columnists have to say—each and every time. • The HHS all-school reunion is now a month away. If you […]

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Weary of watching TV hoops

It just occurred to me how much time I have spent watching college basketball on TV this past season. And I am beginning to wonder if it is worth it. All of the anguish—the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. It might be time to move on and enjoy some other things. The announcers and talking heads, with […]

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Recalling topics is not easy

I am now wishing I had kept better track of what I have written in this column through the years. Then maybe I would know if I have already written about this and that. But now that I’m in the senior citizen category, maybe I get a pass? • Every once in a while I like to throw in an […]

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Recovery moves forward

It was the report we wan­ted. The X-ray showed there is considerable bone growth and the splint has come off Nancy’s broken arm. But that is just the beginning of the final process of getting back to normal. It is still in the category of precarious. Full range of motion is the goal and it appears that may take a […]

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Caring is hard to do and accept

We are seven weeks into Nancy’s broken arm now, and we have what I call BAF. Short for Broken Arm Fatigue. We are hoping for some good news this week when we go for another x-ray. Most breaks are healed after about six weeks, but we were told it may be 8-10 weeks for this one. There is only so […]

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Owning a paper is enough

Pub­lisher Joey and I took a fast trip to Altoona, Iowa, Thurs­day to Saturd­ay for the 60th Anniver­sary Spring Con­ference of Midwest Free Community Papers at Prairie Meadows Casino east of Des Moines. I heard more than once there was no reason to gamble, since owning a newspaper/publishing business was risky enough by itself. • One of the keynote addresses […]

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Free stuff usually has a cost

Free stuff isn’t always free, which I have learned over the years. For example, I was picking up a load of books from Jostens in Topeka for a customer in Iowa in the Free Press 3/4-ton pickup a few years back. They had some really nice tables sitting back by the loading dock and it appeared to me they might […]

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Discovery of books is news

Recently I came across a piece of unexpected local and state history. I’m talking about the personal book collection of Ray­mond F. Wiebe. In it are some brand, spanking new books that are now in very short supply and available to you. One of the titles is a book he wrote about Hills­boro’s history: “Hills­boro, Kansas: The City on the […]

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Be sure to check your facts

I knew I should have checked with Brian Stucky to see if he was out of his “Hal­lowed Hard­woods” books, which I mentioned in this column last week. I presumed they were out of print because of something I thought I heard seven years ago. As it turns out, books are still available at hallowedhardwoods.com and on Amazon or at […]

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