Category: Partly Nonsense

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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Big fun during NYC trip

Big fun during NYC trip

I was lucky to go along to New York City—the city that never sleeps—this past week with Nancy. We went with a her friend, who is also in the clothing business, to find new clothing lines for their stores. I’ll have to say that I am hooked on New York. I packed a lot of fun in the two full […]

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