Category: Free Falling

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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More adventures in the Big Apple

Our trip to New York City seems like a lifetime ago, but the Smithsonian Student Travel excursion to the Big Apple my wife Kathy and I sponsored actually took place in June. I reported on the first couple of days in last month?s column. What follows is an account of the final two days. We departed on the ferry from […]

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Group takes a bite of the Big Apple

For those of us who ventured in June from the plains of Kansas to the streets of New York City, the four-day trip seemed to place us in an entirely different world. For me, the Big Apple was nearly as foreign as other major world population centers I have visited. The traffic signs, advertisements and at least some of the […]

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Headed down the path to oblivion

In the June issue of the AARP Bulletin (yes, I am old enough to get this magazine), writer Betsy Towner presents a list of fixtures of everyday life that will ?go the way of the gramophone, labeled ?quaint? and relegated to museums?if not the trash? in the next 50 years. Some I would be prone to agree with. Others, I […]

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Random thoughts along life?s road

A few random thoughts as spring wanes and summer waxes (for some, perhaps bikini waxes): As I drove past a billboard in Missouri a week or so ago, I was struck by the fact that at 75 mph on I-70, it would be easy to misread the advertisement. Every?one else in the van was asleep, so I was easily amused. […]

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We found lots to see and do in D.C.

My wife Kathy and I spent the better part of spring break in our nation?s capitol. Our daughter has been living there this spring as she finishes a practicum in social work. She will graduate at the end of April from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Anna has only lived in D.C. since the first of the year, but she […]

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HHS ?Race? marks return as director

I had never considered directing the Hillsboro High School spring drama as long as Terry Bebermeyer was in charge of the annual production. Yes, I had been in charge of a few plays, nearly all comedies. But, they were at the eighth-grade level. More on that in a moment. Mostly, Mr. B is good at directing. He has had a […]

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Writer has sudden case of the puns

I woke up one morning feeling ?punny.? These things were just popping out of my head. Please allow me to share. And to apologize. The meteorologist stormed out of the studio when his forecast was questioned. The artist went back to school to brush up on his skills. His enemy was quickly approaching. The nervous young warrior picked up the […]

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