Category: Free Falling

Let?s aim to do better in 2014

I?m not really into New Year?s resolutions. They only last a short time; the results are almost never permanent. But I do believe in striving to do better, to improve. And the start of 2014 just might be the right time to take that first step. So, here are some ideas of things we can all strive for during the […]

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Things I miss and don?t miss

One of my neighbors was raking leaves the other day, and as I was walking by, I made the comment that I missed the old days when burning leaves was permitted back in my hometown of Goessel. We would spend the day raking the leaves into the ditches, then lighting them as the sun began to sink. The ritual would […]

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Wise thoughts on education

The first observance of American Education Week occurred Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the National Education Association and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. The celebration eventually settled on the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the event falls between Nov. 18 […]

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T-shirt reflects team?s season

The backs of the T-shirts worn by Hills?boro High School girls? tennis team members this fall proclaim the following: ?Hillsboro tennis doesn?t just build character, it reveals it.? Is this just another catchy slogan, or is there really something to this idea? Just how might the game I have coached for the past five years or so at HHS influenced […]

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We can do more to end racism

The recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the ?I Have a Dream? speech by Martin Luther King Jr. brought to mind the question of just how far we have come in combating racism in the United States, Kansas, Marion County and Hills?boro. I realized the day before that the anniversary was coming. To me, that alone was […]

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Topics diverse for year?s first quiz

I am a teacher, so as these days of summer wane, my thoughts once again turn toward what instructors do best: ask questions. And, since I do not teach math, most of mine do not have clear answers. Good luck with your first quiz of the new school year. *?*?* 1. At what point can we officially declare an end […]

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Trojan trek to Florida was rewarding

I get to travel a couple of times a year to a variety of destinations. It?s frequent enough to satisfy my wanderlust, but not so often that I get overly annoyed with the airlines. On a recent occasion, I was privileged to accompany three young men from Hillsboro High School on an excursion to Orlando, Fla., for the Technology Student […]

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Another successful geocache hunt

My wife and I headed out on another geocaching trip on the Sunday before Memorial Day. We invited her parents along for a ?mystery trip.? This outing targeted the areas just north and east of Hillsboro. Wife Kathy is a wiz at planning these ?adult? scavenger hunts, as I like to call them. She seeks out waypoints on the geocaching.com […]

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Trying to keep pace with change

Perhaps the legendary musician and philosopher Bob Dylan said it best: ?The times, they are a changin?. The seasons are also supposed to be changing. But winter has stubbornly hung on for far too long. Some area high school seniors will be graduating within the week, and we are still seeing frozen precipitation. Are we beginning to witness the effects […]

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Advice every student should hear

Almost by accident, I was listening to a group of radio and TV gurus discussing the topic, ?What?s ahead in the job market?? at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters student seminar and career fair in Topeka last week. The accidental part is that Hillsboro High School does not have a broadcasting program. I was actually there to take part in […]

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