Category: Staff Soapbox

Reunion a reminder that life is fleeting

Turning points of life sometimes come with little notice of arrival. Last week I went to the city of Auburn, southwest of Topeka, as a member of the Auburn Rural High School graduating class of 1964 for my 50th high school reunion. I visited with people I have seen periodically over the years and people I hadn?t seen since I […]

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Family from Germany visits

Last month, our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter traveled from Berlin, Germany, to visit us for a week. It was only the second time I had seen my granddaughter, Livi, who is now 14 months old. Seeing our little German family melted my heart, and it was difficult to wave good-bye as they drove off on the next leg of their […]

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Is global warming for real?

I doubt that I?m going to take much pleasure in writing this opinion piece. I?d about rather have to run laps bare foot on the gravel lot behind the Free Press. But, ouch, here goes, that big question of our times: Is global warming for real? Well, June, July and August probably are for real, and from past history and […]

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Life as a long-range grandma

Our oldest child, and her husband, are the proud parents of a little baby girl. Actually, Livi Luise isn?t so little anymore. She will be a 1-year-old March 16. We wish our daughter, Tracy, and her husband, Stephen, lived closer, but we don?t think that will happen?at least not in the near future. They are very happy in Berlin, Germany, […]

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Early driving efforts were risky

The wonder of it all is that I never got hurt. Beginning to drive a car or truck when I was a teenager could be different than it is for young people today. I began driving our 1949 one-ton Ford truck hauling water when I was 15 or 16 years old in the early 1960s. The big rust and green […]

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A year to remember…or not

It?s 2014, but I?m not quite ready to wave goodbye to 2013 just yet. As one year ends and the next begins, it seems like my days get lumped together. Little time is left to fully enjoy my family, my personal beliefs and all that is important in our community, state, nation and the world. The most important resolutions will […]

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Word to the wise: save more

I wish I had the chance to do it all again?but to do it knowing what I know now. I?m speaking of my life, of course. I hope there are people at the beginning of adult life, say teenage through age 30, who are reading this. Of course my wit won?t be entirely lost on those 40 and older. I?ll […]

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Halloween highlights abound

Even though Halloween is over, it?s hard for me to let it go until I can tell a few more stories. It never ceases to amaze me how creative so many parents can be when making costumes for their children. This year was no exception as hundreds of little ones dressed as monsters, fairies, Ninja Turtles, cowboys and other characters […]

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Natural gas an asset for county

Marion County probably will join in an American international economic advantage. It will involve a resource we already know is here. Lately, the public seems to have some awareness of the new, intense U.S. oil and gas production. There are big, ongoing industrial efforts to build drilling, processing and pipeline infrastructure to meet world demand. The United States is expected […]

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Germany was the trip of a lifetime

When I was a college student in the early 1970s, I was a member of an organization called, ?Citizens for Political Involvement.? Being young and wanting to see the world, I embraced one of the group?s main goals: to raise enough money to travel across Europe. It was to be the trip of a lifetime, or so it seemed at […]

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