Articles By: Joel Klaassen

ESPN+ is not always a plus

I think I may have mentioned the app ESPN+ previously in this column. I now refer to it as ESPN + – – because it is extremely hard to use. I downloaded a speech to text app and this is what happened because this is so hard for me to type. I have named ESPN plus minus minus because it’s very […]

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Catching up on a few things

There are two things I forgot to mention in my reflections of a 73-year-old column. After rereading it I came up with two more things I am extremely grateful for. ◼ One is a trip we made to my sister Elaine’s house in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving in my sister Janet and brother-in-law Orvin’s 15-passenger van with their two boys Jon […]

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A comedy of errors for Joel

How do these types of things keep happening to me? I went into my shop the other day and there was a fan still turned on. It must have been from a hot day, but which one? Then I thought one day last week would be a good day to get something done outside. So I proceeded to back the […]

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Reflections of a 73-year-old.

I am going to call this column “Reflections of a 73-year-old.” First and foremost I am super glad I married my high school sweetheart Nancy Unruh. For without her I wouldn’t have my immediate family, our children, Amy and Dan and their spouses George and Katie; and our grandsons Alexander and Louis. I really love my family. Nancy really knows […]

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Finding a deal in the paper

Remember that I wrote last week that you can’t lose by subscribing to the weekly newspapers in Newton and McPherson that are owned by the Free Press parent company, Kansas Publish­ing Ventures, LLC? Newton NOW had a link to a web site that offers custom printing for business forms of all kinds including envelopes and checks and cards for Christmas and […]

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Finding something to read

I have always liked to know what is going on in the towns around us such as McPherson and Newton. My advice is to subscribe to two fine weeklies in the Kansas Publish­ing Ventures family, New­­­­­­ton Now, a mature 3-year-old weekly, started by Joey and Lindsey Young and some other mature journalists who care; and McPherson News-Ledger, which combined the […]

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Correcting an error in our history

I must confess that I was wrong about selling at first arts and crafts fair in 1969. We lived in Mary­land at the time and I wasn’t back here until 1971. &#9724 Here’s how real estate worked in the old days— You could borrow the downpayment, the lenders didn’t care where it came from. We borrowed from grandma and took […]

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Football season is fully on

It wasn’t much fun watching football over the second weekend in September unless you are a Wildcat, Chiefs or Patriots fan. The rest weren’t much fun, except there were some bright spots in the Trojans, Jayhawks and Bluejays losses. The games were all too long and could have had better outcomes if the games had been much shorter. Everything changed […]

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Feeling the need for speed audio

I think most everyone has heard of speed reading. It was big 50 some years ago when I was in college. I never learned how to speed read but now I am speed listening to my audiobooks and magazines from the BARD app. BARD stands for Braille and Audio and Reading Download a service provided by the National Library Service […]

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No need to ask the doctor

Every other ad on TV these days seems to be a drug you should ask your doctor if you should be taking. Why would I ask my doctors? They are the ones who have gone to school to figure out what is needed. The names they have come up for all of these pills are both modern and unique. Actually […]

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