Category: Free Falling

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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Sound bites don?t do issues justice

Here it comes, ready or not. It?s an election year, and that means 11 full months of non-stop political posturing. In fact, thanks to the good folks in Iowa and New Hampshire, the horses are already out of the gate. The water is coming over the dam. The mud is being slung. God bless America. I look at all the […]

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A few phone apps we all could use

I have discovered that one of the fun things about owning a so-called smart phone is the amazing variety of applications a person can download and use. There are apps to turn your wireless device into a flashlight, into a GPS and even into a price checker for use in your favorite grocery store. But, with all the thousands of […]

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Odd signs and other fall thoughts

ome random musings for the fall season…. I saw a sign in an auto repair shop restroom a while back that read: ?Employees must wash hands before returning to work.? I had to chuckle. How clean do a mechanic?s hands need to be before he covers them with engine grease or tire dirt? I came across another odd message in […]

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Tossing a record along with cookies

A long-standing personal record was set aside last Tues?day afternoon. The mark, which had stood since 1985, was shattered in a most emphatic manner at approximately 2:30 p.m. as I vomited into a Dumpster behind Abilene High School. The nearly 26-year-old streak of barf-free days was over. But, I had much more to deal with yet that day. For the […]

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Starling birds are nature?s terrorists

I creep out my back door, holding a pair of 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotguns loaded for a goose hunt. My quarry is comfortably resting in the treetops above my head as I slip stealthily underneath. In one quick motion, I place the weapons on my hips and fire into the branches. Load after angry load sends showers of leaves, feathers and […]

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Thoughts on armadillos…and more

Some random thoughts in the twilight of summer: What would happen to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis if a strong tornado hit it? I spotted a dead armadillo on the side of U.S. Highway 56 west of Lehigh earlier this summer. I read an article about how the critters are moving north and have been found in every Kansas […]

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Insights from the recycling center

Here?s what I learned working a Saturday morning shift at the Hillsboro recycling center. Residents like and utilize their facility. After all, they are paying for it on their monthly utility bills. They started arriving right at 9 a.m., and the steady stream continued until noon with only a couple of five-minute breaks. No. 1 plastic, which includes most clear […]

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Kids’ summer used to be memorable

With our heads freshly buzzed and our shirts and shoes nowhere to be found, we would spend our summer days outside, our only parental edict to stay within the sound of my father?s whistle. There were five of us Goessel neighborhood kids, all close enough to the same age that we hung around together. In addition, we were first cousins, […]

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