Category: Partly Nonsense

Taking a stroll with memories

I woke up today and was thinking about our good friend Dick Varenhorst of Marion who died much too young at the age of 70 in 2014 of cancer at his home in Marion. He worked for the Free Press and the Buyer’s Edge, retiring in 2009. His laugh was infectious and he wrote the column, “Thoughts of a Cluttered Mind,” […]

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Go walk the trails in Tulsa

If you have kids or grandkids ages up to twelve years old you must go to the Gathering Place just southwest of downtown Tulsa along the Arkansas River. It is a world class park in our view. It is a new park for the people and it is free to the public. I heard it is about 70 acres containing trails, […]

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No need to bet on basketball

Ten times out of nine I root for the underdog, which is how I have usually seen myself in most things. (But since I am an old white guy, a lot of other people wouldn’t agree.) This brings me to the Duke and University of Central Florida game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It seemed obvious that the underdog was […]

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All-school reunion is scheduled

It’s official now. The 2019 HHS All-School Reunion will be held at Tabor College Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center and the entertainment this year will be the internationally known Greg Classen, Ventriloquist. The committee is still hammering out some of the details so stay tuned to this space in the future. ◼ Watch for details for what is planned for the […]

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It’s best to stay close to friends

I called one of my KU roommates, Bob Krehbiel from Pretty Prairie to let him know that our friend Bob Dalke had passed away. I found out that he was just thinking about contacting me. Anyway I learned from Bob that another of our KU roommates, Ted Mandrell, had died a month earlier in Mesa, Ariz. Mandrell had a great sense of […]

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Finding things to amuse

If you have all day, as I do mostly now, I have to think up things to do. One way to make the day go fast is to stay in bed until nine or ten and then pretty soon it is lunch time. In the afternoons I take a nap or close my eyes and rest like in Kindergarten. Or […]

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Sad to see long-time friend pass

I am saddened to hear about the passing of my KU roommate Bob Dalke a few weeks ago on Feb. 18 at the age of 70. He was always good for a laugh or two. He and I go way back to high school days as well. On a Friday night around Christmas Break in ’66 at KU we hooked […]

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Where are the happy hills at? 

There was a big discussion at our Wednes­day night meal at church the other night about where the happy hills are south of town. I say it is 160th and some said it was the blacktop or 150th. I’m planning a trip out there to see for myself (so you don’t need to go) if I’m right or wrong. If […]

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Saying goodbye to friends

Nancy’s Aunt Lil of Hesston passed away on Feb. 4 at the age of 89 and was the last living relative of that generation. She was funny and liked to laugh—a lot. My father-in-law, Ennis, was her brother and when they were together you never knew what would be said. ◼ Dr. A.R. Claassen died the same day, on Feb. […]

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KFC isn’t for fried chicken

We learned from Byron when we were in Jamaica, that the world’s largest KFC is located in Montego Bay and they are not known for Jerk Chicken. The KFC doesn’t stand for Kentucky Fried Chick­en but rather “Keep From Cooking” or “Keep Fat Com­ing.” Friday night is the time and he said the wait can be up to one and […]

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