Category: Free Falling

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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More fun with family geocaching

So, back in March, on my massive two-day spring break, my wife suggested round two of family geocaching. It would be a sequel to our first adventure back in September. Not only did I say ?OK,? I suggested we invite our 27-year-old son. Actually, I don?t remember who suggested it. Maybe even he did. At any rate, he had the […]

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Attack on education is hard to figure

Make no mistake about it, education is under attack. It is happening at the local, state and national levels. And, those who are mounting assaults on the public school system are coming from several angles. The most obvious and effective attempts to undermine our children?s right to the best possible education are centered on money. When I first became a […]

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What makes mad can make us glad

I?m getting tired of being angry all the time. I feel a need to listen to the news and read the newspaper daily, but what I hear and see just upsets me. For example: I am angry because burgers at McDonald?s are now made of a third of a pound of Angus and have bacon on them, and I am […]

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So many questions, so few answers

Questions. Questions. Questions. Did anyone else find the reactions of the two people sitting behind President Obama more interesting than the speech itself? Was it irony or coincidence that the vice president was sitting to the president?s right and the speaker of the house was sitting to his left? How long would the speech have actually been without the interruptions […]

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New movies that shouldn?t be made

The holiday season that just concluded presented an opportunity for filmmakers to roll out their best and most creative movies in hopes of catching consumers in festive moods just itching to spend their entertainment dollars. And the attention of the movie dudes who give out the Oscars. But, at the start of a new year, the quality generally goes down. […]

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Good cemetery reveals good history

My wife has a thing about cemeteries. Wherever we travel, she searches out historic burial places. And, because I have a thing about my wife, I follow along. At first, somewhat reluctantly. But, I have to admit, traipsing around among the deceased is addicting. Cemeteries are, after all, very popular places. Think about it. People are always?wait for it?dying to […]

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Twins face off for state tennis berth

A crazy thing happened on last weekend?s road to the state tennis tournament. Last year in October, I wrote a tribute to the game of tennis and the girls I coach at Hillsboro High School. Most of them were juniors, and we had just wrapped up a tough regional tournament that ended our season short of the goal of competing […]

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Geocaching a fun way to spend day

I?ve never been much of a fan of global positioning systems (GPS). Two years ago, my wife and I were directed to an open field in the middle of a rainstorm while trying to find a motel in North Carolina. The woman at the front desk said, ?Oh, yeah. Lots of people run into that problem. It?s wrong in the […]

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