Category: Partly Nonsense

English can be crazy

It’s no secret the English language can be quite crazy when it comes to words, how they are spelled and what they mean. I can’t remember how this subject came up, but Shelley Plett and I, who sit beside each other at work, were discussing how our daughters would say words when they were younger that made perfect sense to […]

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‘Real ID’ star is a challenge

Back in Decem­ber or January, I don’t remember exactly when, I went to renew my driver’s license and found out I didn’t have everything I needed with me to get the Real ID star on my license. That’s the one that you’ll need to get into certain federal buildings across the country and board an airplane after Sept. 30, 2020. […]

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Breakfast idea: try Durham

If you are sitting at home pondering what to do for breakfast, I would recommend piling in the car and driving to Durham and have breakfast served to you at the Main Street Cafe. We have been meaning to go there with our young neighbors for some time and finally found the time a week ago last Friday. That would […]

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Suddenly feeling ‘mature’

I am suddenly starting to feel quite mature. I just received a notice for my 50th class reunion for having graduated from KU in 1968. I think it’s sometime in April. I will not be attending—all I did was work while in school and really don’t know any of my classmates. ◼ We got word that our youngest grandson, Louis, […]

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You won’t believe a guy did it

What follows here is a true story. I could not possibly make this up. I know a guy who started wearing suspenders not too long ago. One day at work he needed to find some relief on the porcelain throne and undid his suspenders, sat and went about his business. He then put everything back together, washed his hands and […]

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We’ll miss our great mother

We’ll miss our great mother

I honestly thought my mother-in-law, Dayle Unruh, would live to be 100. That she didn’t and died last week was a complete shock to our entire family. She was the best second mom a guy could ever have. I really mean that and I can’t think of one time I was in the dog house with her. ◼ She was […]

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Column with a little help

Since my grandsons are here for Nancy’s mom’s celebration of life service this past weekend, and I came down with pneumonia as well, I asked them if they would help their old grandpa write this column this week. Alex is first, and a sophomore at the Univer­sity of Georgia, and Louis will write second; he is a senior at Grady […]

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Festival in S. Dakota turns 60

Schmeckfest has been on my mind these days since the 60th annual event is coming up next month. The reason I know about this one, especially, is that there is a book being printed about it by the Freeman Courier newspaper in Freeman, S.D., and our book-printing company is assist­ing Tim Waltner and his son, Jeremy, with the project. It […]

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Building up the sisterhood

“Be a woman other women can trust…. Successful women have a tribe of loyal and honest women behind them…. Be a woman who lifts other women.” —Sophia A. Nelson I don’t know if it’s my youngest turning into a teenager or me turning another year older right behind her, but the stars have aligned in such a way that the […]

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So much for cell mistakes

You can’t even make a mistake when you use your cell phone without someone else knowing about it. For example, I accidentally hit the button on my phone that happened to be brother Mark’s number. I knew he would see it and call me back, which was perfectly OK. Since there is really no cost in making a video call, […]

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