Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Flying was tough on my arms

We just flew in from Atlanta, and man, are my arms tired. I may have used this before, but I don’t care. ◼ I think older people like me start to feel like they don’t need to make any excuses for what they say or how they act. I have noticed it myself recently, and I need to stop it. […]

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Grandson graduates in style

We spent five days last week in Atlanta to attend the high school graduation of our youngest grandson, Louis, at the Georgia World Congress Center. He graduated from Grady High School, as did brother Alex two years prior. I think there were more than 300 in his class. They all walked across the stage to get their diplomas from the […]

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Former staff back for advice

Last week was exciting, and this next week won’t be any less exciting. In fact the whole summer is filling up with lots of activity for us. Last Friday I reconnected with a longtime friend and former sales associate at the Free Press, David Hanigar. He and Dr. Kim Hanigar, formerly of the Hillsboro Family Prac­tice Clinic, moved back to […]

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Glasses lost, but not gone

I think it might be harder for me than I thought. The other day I was cleaning up around the outside of the house and was dumping the debris in our trash container that we put out at the street every Wednesday. I usually have my reading glasses hanging from a magnetic hook that fastens to my shirt with magnets. It […]

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Upgrades mean buy more stuff

I have a new—rather an old—pet peeve. It makes me want to tear my hair out. It really doesn’t matter which large corporation we talk about, they are always coming out with new products that require new accessories to use them. When you upgrade your phone for example, the charger you had for the phone from the same company doesn’t […]

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Hospital lunch was first class

It was nice this past Friday to go to the new Hillsboro Community Hospital for lunch instead of the ER or the clinic or for PT first. If you didn’t go, you missed a first-class lunch of a hamburger or hot dog, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookie and drink. Mighty tasty and filling, I must say. I didn’t even […]

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Neighbors still enjoy each other

Neighbors still enjoy each other

I think it is special to have special neighbors and share in their lives. We are fortunate to know the Giffins, who were our neighbors to the north for more than a year and then moved across the Tabor campus to other Tabor housing that was more suitable for them. During whole process, Nancy took care of baby Rudy when […]

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English can be crazy

It’s no secret the English language can be quite crazy when it comes to words, how they are spelled and what they mean. I can’t remember how this subject came up, but Shelley Plett and I, who sit beside each other at work, were discussing how our daughters would say words when they were younger that made perfect sense to […]

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‘Real ID’ star is a challenge

Back in Decem­ber or January, I don’t remember exactly when, I went to renew my driver’s license and found out I didn’t have everything I needed with me to get the Real ID star on my license. That’s the one that you’ll need to get into certain federal buildings across the country and board an airplane after Sept. 30, 2020. […]

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Breakfast idea: try Durham

If you are sitting at home pondering what to do for breakfast, I would recommend piling in the car and driving to Durham and have breakfast served to you at the Main Street Cafe. We have been meaning to go there with our young neighbors for some time and finally found the time a week ago last Friday. That would […]

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