Category: Partly Nonsense

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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Now she is mine, for sure

I didn’t have to ask my wife if she would “Be Mine” on Valentine’s Day since she broke her arm—she is mine 24/7 now. I didn’t know doing laundry was so complicated. I thought you just threw it in the washer and hit the on button. Cooking has been pretty easy since a lot of good food from some very […]

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A helpful TV tip for old ears

Let me tell you one of the best tips for watch­ing TV I have ever heard—since I am older now and don’t hear as well as I did. Must be from that loud music I listened to as a kid—such as “Melvin Laid an Egg,” by Blood Rock. Search it on YouTube and you’ll know why. Back to the topic. […]

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Not quite as senile as it reads

Lest everyone thinks I am on the road to senility from the mistakes I made in my column last week, I believe I still know what is going on for the most part. I need to correct my mention of Caleb Dirks and Beth Hamilton. It should have read Adam Dirks (Caleb’s brother) and Betha­ny (Not Beth) Hamil­ton. The other […]

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Surprised by liver & onions

I’m curious about how many people have eaten liver and onions. And, how many have eaten this delicacy by accident. I am one of the latter. We had a potluck at church Sunday. I was the last one through the line because I was trying to get the projector set up for our annual meeting that was to start right […]

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