Category: Free Falling

The fall of scattered thoughts

Some random thoughts as summer turns to fall: Suddenly, women have broken into the field of meteorology. Have you noticed that every local channel now has a “weatherwoman”? Though the males still appear to be clearly in charge of the staff, the women have stormed the set, so to speak. Though hurricanes are definitely nothing to smile about, you have […]

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Vacation via camping trailer

While we tested our new-to-us camping trailer for a long weekend back in March, we pulled her out west for a two-week challenge in July. And, I must say, she passed with flying colors. And, most importantly, my wife Kathy and I were still speaking to each other following the trip, and our marriage is still intact. Which is not […]

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Short cuts we should rethink

As Americans, we love taking short cuts, doing things the easy way when possible. Our collective motto might be, “Work smarter, not harder.” Lately I have been considering some possible historical mistakes that we have made in our haste to “git ’er done.” People often resist having giant wind turbines placed on their property, claiming they ruin the scenery, interrupt […]

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Trump doesn’t speak for all

An open letter to Europe and the rest of the “free world….” We are not Donald Trump. He does not speak for all of us Americans. In fact, more than 50 percent of us did not vote for him. So, please do not judge us by his actions. Yes, we know the current president has walked the United States away […]

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Civility in America is suffering

A recent event at Wichita State University marking the transition of power from this year’s student body president to the incoming 2017-18 leader nearly resulted in a brawl. When the outgoing prez included some remarks in his speech to the effect that he did not like his replacement, but he would support her, the parents of the president-elect took exception. […]

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New camper passes first test

We finally had a chance to roll out our camper during spring break. We purchased the travel trailer last fall, but it was already winterized, so we kept it in storage until a few weeks ago. A friend and veteran camper told me my wife and I would learn a lot about our camper the first time out. He was […]

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Media have an important role

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold power to account. Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.” Though I never would have thought former president George W. Bush and I would see eye […]

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Students offer change of pace

I really want to take a break from all the negative news out of Washington these days. So, this month, it is my distinct pleasure to showcase a few descriptive pieces written by my English III students at Hillsboro High School. These pieces are the result of an assignment that asked them to describe a scene or event in as […]

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Was 2016 the worst year ever?

Anyone who has been kicking around the Internet lately has come across discussions of whether 2016 was the worst year ever. After all, lots of celebrities died, Britain voted to leave the European Union, Zika-carrying mosquitoes went on the attack, America elected an orange reality TV star as president, mass shootings were in the news seemingly daily and, to add […]

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Expect a wild ride with Trump

So, it really happened. Donald Trump apparently has been chosen by the electoral college to become the 45th president of the United States. If he really meant all those statements he made during the election, we are all in for a wild ride for the next four years. Those of us who did not support him, and it seems more […]

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