Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Still busy in town despite eye troubles

There are many things to look forward to these days. While things haven’t worked out as I had planned for my retirement, there are still many things that go right. The good thing is that I can still do many of the things I used to be able to do. If good balance and being able to see clearly is […]

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‘Nonsense’ read in the bathroom

I got to thinking after talking with son Dan in Austin, Texas, last week that I haven’t been very good at marketing my two decades of nonsense books very well from the get go. He said that they are perfect for bathroom readers for anyone who has connections to Hillsboro who might want some insight as to what has gone […]

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Austin is fun, but getting back isn’t

We just returned from some family time in Austin Texas. This was supposed to be the Unruh side of the family trip that we had planned to take with Nancy’s mom last spring in March but we had a funeral instead. Everyone was there except a California niece, who had made other plans for this time. I am impressed at […]

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Finding parking is not simple

I wrote in this column recently that I was planning to see a roommate, Vern Krehbiel, from KU whom I hadn’t seen for about twenty years. We got together on my latest trip to the KU Med­ical Center this past weekend. He took us out to dinner at the Majestic Steakhouse which has been in KC since 1903. It was a very […]

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Phone not worth a stuck hand

Have you ever stuck your hand somewhere it shouldn’t be and then couldn’t get it back? Last week riding home from the KU Medical Center I thought I had dropped my phone between the passenger seat and the center console. ◼ When I reached my hand in there and tried to find it my hand got stuck and I couldn’t get […]

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Flying a drone as a do-over

If I had a do-over at this point in my life I would probably work with drones in real estate or in movies to gain access to things one couldn’t do with a ladder and video camera. Since I am not allowed on a ladder it’d be fine. Or I would go into the medical field, Not for the money, […]

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Catching up with old friends

Nancy drove me to Hutchinson this past Friday to have lunch with a dear friend from my old printing days at Carl’s where they have killer Reuben sandwiches. Then on to Pretty Prairie to eat a steak with a KU college roommate at the Pretty Prairie Steak House. By the time we got back, before dark, of course, I was […]

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Watch the big groups for privacy

If you care about privacy on the internet you might be reading up on what the big boys like Google, Twitter and Facebook are doing to protect your information. They are known for search and for social media but that is not all they are known for. They think that selling information about you is okay. With me it is […]

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Taking a stroll with memories

I woke up today and was thinking about our good friend Dick Varenhorst of Marion who died much too young at the age of 70 in 2014 of cancer at his home in Marion. He worked for the Free Press and the Buyer’s Edge, retiring in 2009. His laugh was infectious and he wrote the column, “Thoughts of a Cluttered Mind,” […]

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Go walk the trails in Tulsa

If you have kids or grandkids ages up to twelve years old you must go to the Gathering Place just southwest of downtown Tulsa along the Arkansas River. It is a world class park in our view. It is a new park for the people and it is free to the public. I heard it is about 70 acres containing trails, […]

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