Category: Partly Nonsense

Another traveling travail

As I write this, I am sitting on the floor at Den­ver Inter­national Airport waiting for my devices to recharge and my rescheduled flights to Houston from Denver and Houston to Wichita. What was supposed to be an early afternoon arrival in Hillsboro just turned into an odyssey of sorts as my nonstop flight to Wichita from Denver was cancelled […]

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Book sale reveals a great find

If you missed the book sale at the Marion Pub­lic Library last week, I guess you missed it. I found the official U.S. Olympic Com­mittee 1992 Barcelona photo book and three others for $1! Why the interest in that particular book? Son Dan went to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona with my sister and her husband, so I thought it […]

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Decision wasn’t a good one

My decision to bundle my Internet and DirecTV with Century Link was a complete disaster. Neither company was able to follow through with what I was told on the phone or in person when the installer showed up April 25. After the fact, they told me it was the other company’s problem and I would have to speak with them. […]

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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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