Category: Free Falling

Here?s a wish list for the new year…

January is traditionally the time to look ahead, to seek the potential in the new year. It is a time to think about what we might witness in the coming months. It is also a time to hope for better days. To that end, I have put together a wish list for 2010. First, I would love for the people […]

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Being famous is losing its attraction

Why would anybody desire fame and fortune these days? Would we be any happier if we were millionaires or professional athletes? Recent national news headlines have led me to the conclusion that I am much better off being a middle-aged schoolteacher, toiling away in relative obscurity (except for the notice this column gets me each month. Oh, and the attention […]

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Random thoughts as seasons change

Some random thoughts brought on by the change of seasons: fall to winter; football and volleyball to basketball and wrestling; ?Deadliest Catch? to ?Ice Road Truckers.? I?ve noticed that if the weatherman is going to be right about the weekly forecast, it will be for rain on the day I really need it to be dry. If a nice day […]

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Coaching tennis has been a good gig

Tennis is a game that is easy to love, if you?ll pardon the pun. Sure, some other sports?cross country and golf, for example?are also more individual than team competitions. Cross country is aerobic and calls for endurance, but requires little in the way of hand-eye coordination, however. Golfers certainly need specialized skills, but the conditioning benefits are minimal. Tennis is […]

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Fear mongers are taking aim again

I?m pretty sure I already wrote a column about the culture of fear in which we live. It had to be a while back because I couldn?t find it on my computer. Normally, I wouldn?t broach a subject that I could be writing about for a second time, but recent events have compelled me to once again examine the idea […]

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Civil War stops a highlight of sight-seeing version of this trip east

For the third time in the past 12 months, wife Kathy and I headed east?way out east. Last year when we loaded up the van, we were taking our daughter to college in Harrisonburg, Va., about 1,200 miles due east. We left home early on an August Thursday morning and returned the following Tuesday afternoon. That felt like a quick […]

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Beware of the infomercial purchase

More random summer thoughts (aren?t they the best kind?)…. n I bought a pair of those Topsy Turvy tomato growers for my backyard. I saw the ad on TV early last spring, and I took the plunge. Understand, I seldom buy anything from an infomercial, and now I realize why. I was enticed to purchase not one, but two, tomato-growing […]

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Random thoughts are in full bloom

Random thoughts as spring makes its way into summer: I have an ideal way to stimulate the economy: have all members of Congress and all government officials checked for back taxes they might owe. Imagine how those funds would fill the treasury. Once in a while a phrase just seems to sum things up perfectly. My favorite recession term for […]

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Maybe we Kansans are hicks after all

Kansans are often heard lamenting the fact that we are considered by other parts of the country to be hicks, behind the times and backward.

Much of that reputation is undeserved as long-time residents can attest.

But, quite frankly, some of the way we are negatively looked upon by those from the east and west coasts is deserved. As Jimmy Buffet so eloquently put it, it?s our own dadgum fault.

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It?s time to praise Marion?s assets

I write in praise of Marion. Yes, the county seat. The town between two lakes. Rhino central. Why? Because the city to Hillsboro?s east has a lot going for it. I believe it?s time we recognize that fact and put any lingering differences aside. First and foremost, Marion has a river running through it. I have always wanted to live […]

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