Category: Free Falling

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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Help! Teachers are under attack

We teachers are under attack, and we need your help. State legislators in Topeka are gunning for us as never before. If you have a friend or a relative who is a Kansas educator, or if you have a soft spot in your heart for someone who flipped on your academic switch, now is the time to speak up. There […]

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I love to run ? let me tell you why

Why do I love running? That?s a question I sometimes get asked by people who witness my jogs through town and the surrounding countryside. I often reply that I don?t exactly love to run. I do, however, enjoy the benefits. People seem to believe I hit the streets and county roads every day. Though I might wish that were true, […]

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