Category: Free Falling

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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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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