Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:33There is one big thing that Facebook is good for, and has changed the world for the better. That would be for sharing photos with friends and family.
The rest of it, not so much. For me, it will never be about buying or selling anything, at least that is how I think at the moment.
Nancy and her mom and I went out for Sunday brunch in Wichita for Mother’s Day. We had a great time, even though we waited for an hour to eat.
We thought that by going early we would beat the crowd, as no reservations were taken for Mother’s Day. Unknown to me was the fact that the prices were jacked up for this day, but it didn’t matter.
During our wait at the restaurant, we met some wonderful people. As we were talking with two couples...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:12We were invited to attend last week’s piano recital put on by the Tabor College preparatory school at the Wohlgemuth Center. I was very impressed with the talent on display.
What was amazing to me was that none of the students appeared to be nervous. If they were, it sure didn’t show.
The youngest players performed first and on up the line to the oldest. The talent escalated as they went.
I wish now I had stayed with the piano when I was a kid. My brother Mark, who plays in two bands in Tulsa, says the same thing. My sister, Elaine, did stick with it and is an accomplished pianist and organist today. She has given lessons in the Minneapolis, Minn., area for about 20 years.
I think it’s important for every kid to be good...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:59Were you ever bored as a kid? I know I was and I know my kids and grandkids were, too. However, as an adult there are a thousand ways not be bored these days. It’s easy not to be that way if you own a business, serve on a civic or chuch committee, own a house or are in charge of the household, follow sports teams, watch favorite TV shows, have a smart phone, a computer, travel for pleasure and for business, file income taxes and other taxes, fix things, remodel a house or business, and on and on—you get the idea. I haven’t been bored in years.
Nancy and I just returned from the Association of Free Community Papers conference in Denver. We drove this time instead of flying. I had never seen the wind-turbine farm that...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:43After writing about my travel misadventures last week, I received an e-mail from an Amtrak person suggesting I should take the train to Chicago next time. The note stated the train has never been canceled in more than a dozen years and probably a lot longer than that.
So I checked online for the departure and arrival times and the rate. Based on what I saw, I wouldn’t have been able to make my connection for the trip to Dubuque to catch a ride to Moline. Total travel time is about 12 hours if you don’t mind leaving in the middle of the night. Time is always of the essence.
I have always been intrigued by trains. When I was a kid in the early 1950s, my mom put us kids on the train in Mountain Lake, Minn., then picked us up 10...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:51I thought we should have chicken for Sunday dinner, so we went to the deli at Vogt’s. The chicken looked and tasted great, but the front of Vogt’s store looked equally good.
The new look is great and the red tile roofing mimics the red tile their store downtown had for many years.
One of our part-timers walked in the other day and said the new awning on the Free Press building looked nice. I hated to say that we finished that project that last May.
I don’t know how much room it will take in this column to describe the travel nightmares I experienced last week on the trip to Moline, Ill., for the spring Midwest Free Community Papers conference.
Since I am on the board of directors, which meets the Friday morning prior...
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