Category: Partly Nonsense

Starting to dial back the writing

Starting to dial back the writing

I am announcing a change this week about this column. Beginning in 2020, I am cutting back to a monthly Partly Nonsense, with the permission of Publisher, Joey Young. I am hoping he or one of the owners will write in this space in the weeks I am not. I would like to thank my loyal readers who have read […]

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Families connect throughout

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. I missed the festiveness of the office since I’ve been retired for the past year. I missed the candy and all the food except I’m a bit smaller for my absence. My sister and her family will have been here for Christ­mas by the time you are reading this […]

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Don’t miss your music opportunity

If you missed the concert this past summer at First Mennonite Church presented by the family group 5x Harder, you have another chance to hear them. The family includes Pastor Tom Harder and his wife, Lois, who is the interim associate pastor at Alex­anderwohl Menno­nite Church and their daughters. They are Anna, Madeline and her husband Eric, and Hillary, youngest […]

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Having a guest do a column

The Paulus kids have volunteered to write my column this week and I love them for doing it. Since I had a procedure this Monday and will again on Friday help was needed. I have known Ruthie, Aaron, Emily and Sarah since they first moved to Hillsboro when they were about half as old as they are now. This is […]

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Still no cranberry on holiday

We had a terrific Thanksgiving Dinner at our house this year. Present were brother Mark from Tulsa (we watched the Jayhawks beat the Flyers from Dayton in overtime the night before) and sister Janet and Orvin, sons Ian and Jon. If it matters, this was the 73rd straight without cranberry sauce or anything made from cranberries for me. Does anybody […]

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Finding the ways to understand

Robin McNeil wrote the following post. And it is so true. She belongs to the PLS group I belong to and I couldn’t have said this better myself…and this is how I talk. “PLS affects my speech, and I’m very hard to understand. But it does not affect my brain. If you don’t understand me, tell me. I’m not embarrassed, you […]

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ESPN+ is not always a plus

I think I may have mentioned the app ESPN+ previously in this column. I now refer to it as ESPN + – – because it is extremely hard to use. I downloaded a speech to text app and this is what happened because this is so hard for me to type. I have named ESPN plus minus minus because it’s very […]

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Catching up on a few things

There are two things I forgot to mention in my reflections of a 73-year-old column. After rereading it I came up with two more things I am extremely grateful for. ◼ One is a trip we made to my sister Elaine’s house in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving in my sister Janet and brother-in-law Orvin’s 15-passenger van with their two boys Jon […]

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A comedy of errors for Joel

How do these types of things keep happening to me? I went into my shop the other day and there was a fan still turned on. It must have been from a hot day, but which one? Then I thought one day last week would be a good day to get something done outside. So I proceeded to back the […]

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Reflections of a 73-year-old.

I am going to call this column “Reflections of a 73-year-old.” First and foremost I am super glad I married my high school sweetheart Nancy Unruh. For without her I wouldn’t have my immediate family, our children, Amy and Dan and their spouses George and Katie; and our grandsons Alexander and Louis. I really love my family. Nancy really knows […]

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