Category: Partly Nonsense

Recalling colleague and friend

What does one do when a friend and colleague for more than 50 years dies? I think the best thing to do is to remember all of the good that person has done and how it has made one’s life better. This week I am remembering my friend and colleague Don R.Wipf, who was living in Rogers, Ark., with wife […]

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Save date for HHS reunion

Start planning for the HHS All School reunion during homecoming, which is sometime during late September and early to mid-October. We don’t have the date yet, but save time during this time of year to attend. The class of 1968 is celebrating its 50th anniversary of graduation this year. • Watch for details for the all-school reunion on the Free […]

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Taxes are a sign of wealth

I have never worried about paying our taxes. It was just something you do and figure it out somehow. My father-in-law, Ennis Unruh, always told me that if you are paying taxes you must be making a little money so don’t fret about it. Be happy you are able to pay taxes. • We don’t fall into the very rich […]

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The fog is clearing, finally

I think I am finally coming out of the fog almost two weeks after the fall. My vision is clearing a bit and the blur is going away as well as the double vision that came back for a while. • I am still bummed that I didn’t get to attend the dedication ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center for […]

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Another bout with injury

Last Saturday evening, Dec. 2, when I went out to our garage to put a pizza box in our recycling I never imagined what would happen next. I still don’t remember it, but as I was going up the steps back into the house, I grabbed for the railing and missed, falling backward from the top step of two and […]

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Disgusting behavior in D.C.

The topic of sexual harassment has taken over the news these days. The generation before us was pretty good at it, and it has been going on for years with all generations. I do believe the culture is changing, but I think Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP and candidate for U.S. president in 2016, nailed it when she said […]

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Another use for fresh eggs

Natalie, here at the Free Press, has been bringing farm-fresh eggs to the office from her little crew of chickens on the farm in rural Marion. The last time she brought some in, they all didn’t go home with the staffers, so I asked if I could take some to our previous neighbors, the Gif­fins, and Natalie said yes. When […]

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Memories of John Knaak Sr.

My generation is definitely in transition, some are becoming ill and some are dying. In the past two weeks, two of my generation who lived most of their adult lives in Hillsboro have died: John Knaak, 79, and Johnnie Liles, 75. • John Sr. and wife Wendy came back to Hillsboro, where John managed the Ben Franklin store following in […]

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Eaters exceeded voters

If the numbers I heard were correct, I find it interesting that more people ate turkey dinner than voted at the Methodist church last week. Had Hillsboro not had a contested election I fear the turnout would have been much lower. It wasn’t the weather, so what does it take to get the other half of registered voters out to […]

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Time has changed again

I was really ready to fall back this past Sunday, as it is much nicer to fall back than to spring forward. I don’t need an extra hour of sleep because I routinely get nine to 10 hours a night. I just needed the extra hour. • I once said we should have a time change every weekend. Spring ahead […]

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