Category: Partly Nonsense

Free Press completes 17th year

This issue marks the passage of a full 17 years of the Free Press; next week begins our 18th year of publishing. I can tell you, we could literally write a book about the experience. Who knows, maybe we will. The only person who has been here as long as I have is good partner and former partner Don. He […]

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Our new literacy initiative

Our media organization is embarking on a literacy initiative, beginning in this week’s issue. I feel it may be one of the most important initiatives we have undertaken. It can be found in the center of the back-to-school Section B. The weekly feature, called “Kid Scoop,” is for the benefit of children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Older Marion County […]

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Healing process drags on

Nancy and I made a quick trip to Iowa last week for my Midwest Free Com­munity Papers board meetings. As it turned out, I was not able to drive like I thought I could, so she had to drive the whole way. The doc says it’s not wise for me to drive for another six weeks. Bummer. • And I […]

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Cafes I miss from years ago

I really like the way The Lum­beryard looks with the new red paint job it recently received. It anchors the corner of Ash and Grand with a strong statement. Makes me want to go paint something red. • I really miss a lot of restaurants that used to be in Marion County. The first one that comes to mind is […]

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Birthday trips and old books

Since I still can’t drive, I told Nancy I would take her out for dinner for her birthday Saturday night to wherever she would wish to drive to. As it turned out we ended up getting Chinese takeout right here in town. • We were invited out for Sunday birthday dinner in McPherson by my cousin Dorothy. My cousin Clair’s […]

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Summer was great as a kid

It would be great to be a kid again in Hills­boro during the summer months. The pool has a water slide (but no high diving board) and is way classier than the old one that was brand-new in 1955—the year we moved to Hillsboro when I was 9 years old. Baseball or softball is available for all ages, both boys […]

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Skiing tale didn’t hold up

I told my physical therapist Friday that I went water skiing during the week but that it was really hard to ski with using just one arm. She didn’t believe me either. • I don’t know if this has ever happened to you but I thought I saw the image of the king of spades likeness in my Frosted Mini […]

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Blame the meds for my error

Last week I made the biggest mistake of my humble writing career by stating that postage had gone up 3 cents for both first-class mail and for post cards. That actually did happen at the previous increase, but not this time. I have no idea where I got that. I must have been on narcotics. Wait. I was on narcotics […]

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DIY effort fixes the problem

A few weeks ago I wrote that I was going to try to fix my phone char­ger, which for some unknown reason ended up in the driveway with the plug still in the car. I am happy to report that I did fix it and now have a spare for my truck. All it took was some solder that I […]

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Now a museum guide, too

Never in my life did I dream that I would grow up to be giving tours at the Pea­body Printing Museum, but that’s what I did Satur­day of Memorial Day weekend. The longer I was there, the more I remembered about those early days in my printing career. And the longer I thought about those old pieces of equipment, the […]

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