Category: Partly Nonsense

Saying goodbye to a friend

Michelle Coston Longaugh, age 57, died June 10 in Wichita. She had been battling stage 4 anal cancer for 10 years. She recently said that she was seven years past her expiration date. She knew no strangers and touched many lives between 2010 and 2020. She and I met in 2011 when I helped her publish her blog about her […]

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Wishing Paine well after years of service

Larry Paine, our city administrator for about the past 12 years, is retiring at the end of this month. The Free Press has quoted him many times, but the story has never been about him, which is a good thing, in my opinion. I wish him the best, and enjoy your retirement. Our home has gone to the birds. First […]

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Big thank you to the front line

God bless all the doctors, nurses, health care workers, first responders and National Guard. Also Dale’s Supermarket and other local businesses that have stayed open to meet our needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have gotten some great take-out meals in Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody, Durham and Goessel. n Congratulations to Maddy Daniels, graduating senior from Hillsboro High School, for being […]

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Thirty years without my father

It will be thirty years this May 24 that my dad died at Hillsboro Community Hospital of a massive stroke. If I live to April 10 this year, I will have lived longer than he did. I’m not planning to leave God’s green earth anytime soon, though.   If you’ve tried to trim your fingernails with a clipper and pretended […]

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Flying the world took time

If you were wondering where I got the money to fly to all those places I mentioned in last month’s column, (see hillsborofreepress.com /opinion/partly nonsense if you need your memory refreshed) it covered a span of more than 50 years, so I didn’t pay for them all at one time. Some trips were for business and pleasure paid by others’. […]

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Flying through the air

One night when I couldn’t sleep, I figured I would recall all the airports I have traveled through to from here to there since about 1967. These flights all originated at Hillsboro Muni­cipal airport: Hillsboro to Armstrong, Ontario, with stops in Buffalo, MN, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, en­route with Dr. Norman Abrahams. It was a fishing trip my dad took […]

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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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