Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:58Leftovers. I don’t know why, but I feel led to try writing an entire column about the ins and outs of leftovers. I don’t claim to be an expert in the kitchen, but I have made some observations along the way.
If there is one leftover that is at the top of the list for me it would have to be chili. I could eat it every meal until it is gone. And I have when I am here by myself. Nancy won’t eat the same thing twice in a row, whereas I would be willing to do that any time.
I think it may be because her dad wouldn’t eat leftovers. Since he would never eat leftovers that was great for us because we got to take a lot of the leftover food home with us.
I do know that many working women cook with the intention of having leftovers...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:15Many times we lament how technology is going to do us in because of all of the glitches and trouble that we experince with it.
When you think about it, we have been challenged by new technology at each stage in life since the beginning of time.
In printing, I have actually used all of the technologies there have ever been—from movable type from a California Job Case and letter press to the current computer-to-plate and all of the other digital methods of conveying information.
When I think about all of the steps it takes to get the information from idea to delivery, it’s a miracle everything gets out to our readers on time no matter the technology being used to get it there.
In the old days, it was possible to run out of letters...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:50I am sure that not many people in this area know Michele Longabaugh of Wichita. I didn’t either until Larry Hatteberg of KAKE-TV and “Hatteberg’s People” put us in touch with each other around the first of the year.
In early 2010, Michele was diagnosed with Stage 4 anal cancer even though she had none of the markers that are associated with this type of cancer. She went through a long, rugged treatment—surgery, chemo and radiation—and came through it in the latter part of 2011 with the cancer in remission.
The amazing part of this journey is that she blogged about everything she went through. She described the treatments and her thoughts in great detail. She said she wasn’t afraid to die but didn’t want to.
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:00The response we’ve received thus far for our tribute book to Marion County veterans, “Our Nation Called”—planned for release on Veterans’ Day this year—has been incredible.
We held the first scanning session for photos at the Hillsboro American Legion post Saturday and the turnout was excellent.
I was there from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there was never one minute when I wasn’t scanning photos. It was really neat to see individual service photos when veterans first enlisted or were drafted. I scanned more than 50 photos. I need to emphasize that the size of the photo doesn’t matter because we can enlarge or reduce them to fit. And we can photograph medals and other memorabilia with a digital camera.
We will plan more of...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:45The price of gasoline in the United States is headed for record highs, according to an article in Sunday’s Wichita Eagle newspaper.
Until now, I think most people around here haven’t really changed driving habits much. We did for a while, but then kind of got used to it about a year ago when gas was north of $4 per gallon. We don’t like the higher prices but still manage to go just about everywhere we want to go.
We have a cheaper fuel alternative in natural gas, which is plentiful in the U.S. But that idea hasn’t gained much traction. It appears we would rather buy oil from people who don’t like us. Or tell Canada to send its oil to China.
Most everyone knows that expensive gas is not good for our economy. We all use it...
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