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Below are ramblings on attending schools in Abilene prompted by the recognition of American Education Week which is Nov. 18 through 22:

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It was a nice sunny afternoon Saturday.

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The psychologist in me has diagnosed that my fear of snakes dates back to our basement.

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It was three years ago this November that my wife Kathy and I decided our 5-year-old granddaughter Gemma needed a new bicycle for her birthday.

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One spring afternoon while living in the city of Abilene, I was burning off some pampas grass in my backyard.

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Talk to your kids.

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It was a perfect storm that preceded our trip to Paradise, that being Grand Bahama Island recently devastated by hurricane Dorian.

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The main drag for high school kids in Abilene in the 1960s and into the 70s was Buckeye from Duffy’s Green Acres Bowl to Dean’s Carry Out on Third Street.

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The first time I was taken to the Abilene Municipal Pool, it cost a dime to get in. We had lockers to store our clothes in.

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Our grandson Landon became a teenager this year.

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Fifty years ago this month, I teed it up for the first time at the Abilene Country Club.

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The fair can’t come to town without my wife indulging in a funnel cake.

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Someone echoed Wednesday, “I can’t wait for winter!”

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For my recent birthday my wife Kathy took me to a movie.

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About 30 years ago my father and I saved Bambi.

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Last week I went to remove a half sheet of plywood that was lying in some tall grass.

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“What did we do without cell phones?” is one of those questions that pop up from time to time.

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There is just so much to write about this week. Here are my thoughts as I reflect back over the last few days.

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The cliché has been attributed to Mark Twain about New England but we here in Kansas say, “If you don’t like the weather in Kansas, wait a minute.”

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Saturday was “déjà vu all over again” to quote Yogi Berra.

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The definition of a 100-year-flood is an event that has a 1 in 100 chance, or 1 percent, of happening each year.

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There was a time when I actually cooked.

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There was a time when I was pretty proud of how my lawn looked.

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Last week my wife Kathy continued a long tradition of dying Easter eggs.

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After seeing the movie “Spotlight”, this column was written in January 2016 and is being reprinted in light of the recent developments in the Salina Diocese.

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Saturday turned into a trip down memory lane.

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As my readers know, spring is my favorite time of year.

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Some are calling this one of the worst winters in Kansas.

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Aging really creates a vacuum.

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I will admit I dosed off there once or twice during the first half of the Super Bowl.

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I never get excited when a movie, especially one that I once enjoyed, gets remade.

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Last week I found another use for newspapers.

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I have often said that this is my third time working at the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.

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It was a Christmas to remember.

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Thirty-five years ago, the hottest item for Christmas was unavailable.

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While y’all in Abilene were suffering through a cold rain mixed with snow at times last weekend, Kathy and I were enjoying 98 Degrees.

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The cashier could tell my story just by the look on my face.

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It was a little over a week ago the sun was shining, the temperature hovered at 70 degrees, and I was playing golf in Topeka in a polo shirt without a jacket.

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I’m going to blame the dawning of “it” on FM radio.

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For many, many years we didn’t have a bathroom scale.