Still writing every week after 21-years

I keep track of these things so you don’t have to. Effective this week, I have written my column 21 straight years without a miss.
If you would like to read the first twenty years, I have published my columns in a two-volume set, which contains more than 1,000 pages and supports a Free Press Journalism Schol­arship for high school seniors who wish to pursue a journalism degree or a related field such as communications or possibly graphic design with the intention of seeking a degree in that field to ultimately work in the journalism field. The first scholarship grant will be given in 2020 to a student attending a high school in the Free Press distribution area.
The Hillsboro Commun­ity Foundation is taking care of the scholarship and will be taking applications sometime early next year, I believe. To get your copies of the books go to the Free Press home page and look in the online store or if you live in the area and don’t want to pay shipping, just stop by the Free Press office in Hillsboro to get yours.
If you would like to donate directly to the scholarship fund, send a check to the Hillsboro Community Foundation with Free Press/Joel Klaassen Journalism Scholarship fund in the memo. The address is PO Box 273, Hillsboro KS 67063.

I used one set of the books to set my LED light on to see my keyboard be­cause together the books are two inches thick which is exactly what I needed it to be.

If you missed the concert at First Mennonite Church presented by the family group 5x Harder which included Pastor Tom Harder and his wife, Lois, who is the interim associate pastor at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church and their daughters who have names, which I didn’t include previously.
They are Anna, Madeline, and Hillary, youngest to oldest. And can they ever play guitars, piano, bass guitar, violins, cello and sing. The string quartet was terrific as well and included two violins, cello and dad on viola.
It may be ten times harder to get them all together for another concert as they get busier and their lives become more complicated. So watch for the next concert. I will.

Brother Mark was in town this past weekend to help me figure out some of my computer stuff, including showing me how to use my password program and help with some backup issues to name a few. It was fairly intense for me, but not for him.

The following joke appeared in this column in August of 2010. If you can remember that, you are doing better than me.

Do you know why ants are so confused?
It’s because even their uncles are ants.

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