Category: Free Falling

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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Poetic justice for bowl schedule

?Twas the week after Christmas, when across this great nation, All the football fans waited with anticipation. The TV remote was garnered with care, In hopes that the bowl games soon would be aired. The sports nuts were settled down in their recliners Listlessly watching St. Louis vs. 49ers. Uncle Joe in his jersey, and Bev in her cap, Had […]

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Mysteries still linger as year ends

As we approach the end of another year, I suppose I should be just that much smarter. But, I find there are still quite a few things I don?t understand. Here are just a few examples. I still don?t get jazz. I mean, just play it the same way every time. I know it?s an art form, and I can?t […]

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Takeaways from the 2012 election

The election of 2012 mercifully has come to an end. Now we can go back to the business of getting ready for the after-Thanksgiving sales. But, what, if anything, can we take away from this year?s balloting? First, we learned that super PACs are here to stay, and they are major players. More than $1.3 billion was spent by conservative […]

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Time to flunk the Electoral College

So, it looks like I will be throwing my vote away again in a few weeks. Thanks to the insistence of our Congress to hang on to the archaic institution of the Electoral College, if a Kansas voter does not cast a ballot for the Republican candidate for president this November, he or she is likely ?spitting in the wind.? […]

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Updating a few past column topics

I figured this might be a good month for some updates concerning several events I have chronicled in columns past. A year ago in September, I wrote about the plague of starlings that invaded my backyard trees by the hundreds. I vowed that I would not let them return in 2012. And, I was true to my word. They tried […]

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