Category: Free Falling

An education on disc golf

Disc golf is America’s No. 1 outdoor sport. Okay, not really. But, it is certainly growing, and if you haven’t been out to the Windsock course in the sports complex on the west end of town near the airport (how’s that for a string of prepositional phrases?), you are missing a premiere attraction of the city. Hyperbole aside, local enthusiasts […]

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Words, grammar are important and matter

I am, and always will be, a grammarian at heart. I love our language. So, it pains me when people abuse it – people who should know better, at least. I have an editor inside my head, and I can’t turn it off. Just be glad you don’t suffer the same affliction. I am not trying to be mean, so […]

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It shouldn’t be this hard to get people to wear a face covering

Years ago, a fellow teacher and I were discussing rules, and he pointed out that it is not the severity of the consequences of a rule or law that determines if it is obeyed, it is the surety of the penalty. It does no good to come up with harsh punishments if there is a lack of enforcement. At no […]

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COVID-19 misinformation continues to flow everywhere

So, I’ve been thinking lately about things people say that, quite honestly, are not true. Or, they might not even be possible. For example, when a coach tells a player to give 110 percent, that’s simply not attainable. We can only achieve that which we are capable. I would hope athletes commit 100 percent to their teams. Most fall considerably […]

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Canceling plans, reminiscing about a faithful day outside Goessel

Forty years ago, Kathy Schroeder of rural Canton and I stood before friends and family at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel to exchange wedding vows. I felt extremely lucky to be marrying my best friend. I still feel that way after four decades. So much has changed, but our love has remained steadfast. And, for that, I am thankful and […]

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A few observations from the last 60 days

What a difference 60 days can make! Two monthly columns ago, I was admittedly a bit dismissive of the approaching coronavirus pandemic. Then, the state basketball tournament ended. Then, the normal second semester ended for schools. Then, social distancing became a thing. Then toilet paper disappeared. Then, we were told to stay home. Then, we started looking for someone to […]

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FDR’s inspired words

In what was not one of my better literary moments, I attributed the quote about having nothing to fear but fear itself to Winston Churchill. I could offer up some lame excuses, but the bottom line is that I clearly made a mistake. It was, of course, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt who uttered those famous words during his inauguration address […]

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What would happen if others acted like Trump?

By definition, an authority figure is a person whose real or apparent authority over others inspires or demands obedience and emulation. Those who continue to walk in lockstep with Donald J. Trump certainly place him on a lofty pedestal. It seems nothing he does or says will shake their undying loyalty. But, what if other authority figures chose to act like the President of the United States? As […]

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A few prediction for the upcoming year

Attention, everyone! Big predictions for 2020 follow! Drop what you are doing! Read this! I’m using exclamation points! Harbor Freight will have a sale this year, probably at least 20-percent off any one item. Whatever you do, don’t pay full price for anything. Donald Trump supporters will continue to support him. No matter what he does. No matter what he […]

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Nice to live close to the grandkids

My twin grandchildren turned two years old last week, and though everyone told me how much being a grandpa would rock my world, I have to admit I did not expect them to be such an integral part of my life. They live just 45 minutes away, so their grandmother and I have seen them just about every weekend since […]

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