Articles By: Bob Woelk

Europe adventure once in a lifetime

?When you fly, you are pretty well at the mercy of the airlines,? said the Transportation Security Administration worker at the Boston security gate. His comment followed my explanation of why our group of 31 travelers was a day late in leaving the United States.

All it took was a brief thunderstorm in Dallas to cause a gigantic ripple in our connection to the plane that was leaving for Paris. Apparently, only one aircraft per day leaves Texas for Europe. And, it left without us.

Despite the well-documented slow start to our trip, the excursion Dustin Dalke and I led to France, Switzerland, Lichten?stein, Austria and Germany was a blast. What follows are some highlights from my journal of the journey.

 

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‘Tis the season for random thoughts

Some random thoughts as spring turns to summer….

Green. I know I?ve said it before, but June in Kansas can be best described by that single word. Everywhere I look, the overwhelming sensation I get is that the world is green and renewing itself.

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The third time was the best time
The third time was the best time

The third time was the best time

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An exhaltant Bob Woelk crosses the finish line at the Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City.

I finished my third marathon a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out to be one of my best days to date?and, I?m not just speaking athletically.

I was hoping to finish the 26.2 miles in under four hours and 16 minutes. And, to be honest, I had my doubts. I had been hampered by a sore knee for the final two weeks leading up to the Okla?homa City event. Though I had trained consistently, I hadn?t done any extra work in preparation.

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Final Four isn’t the final word, right?

As I compose this column Saturday, the Final Four basketball extravaganza has yet to begin. The front page of the Wichita Eagle carries this announcement: ?To bring you results from tonight?s Kansas-North Carolina game, delivery of some Sunday newspapers may be delayed.?

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New candidate proclaims platform

It?s official: I?m once again declaring myself a write-in candidate for president of the United States. No, I?m not planning to campaign at all on the Republican or Democratic platform. I am an Independent in the truest sense of the word.

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Biggest loser could be biggest winner

I am intrigued by the large number of Hillsboro residents who have signed up to compete in our very own Biggest Loser contest. My understanding is more than 175 participants have weighed in.

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A new year spurs new observations

The dawn of a new year is a natural time to think about what has
been in 2007 and what might be in 2008. Here are a few examples that
come to mind.

I didn?t like the advertising theme that followed Christmas this
year, the ?Get what you really wanted? campaign. The idea was that the
things we received from friends and loved ones were not adequate. That
just goes to show that Madison Avenue will never figure out the true
meaning of Christmas.

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Our choices still have consequences

I haven?t heard much about Madeline Hunter lately. Her seven steps for preparing school lesson plans were all the rage when I started teaching back in the 1990s.

In fact, I attended a packed conference at the Hutchinson Sports Arena where the queen herself held court. Her message was that teachers make a series of decisions about how they will present each lesson. Those choices determine how well the instructor reaches all his or her students.

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If you fear it, there’s a word for it

If you have some time to kill and want to kill it in the most unproductive way possible, take a trip to www.phobialist.com. There you will find a huge assortment of things to be afraid of.

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A reminder

It bears repeating, for your sake and ours, why we launched the Free Press in 1998. National Newspaper Week, Oct. 7-13, seems to be an appropriate time to do it.

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