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    Over the River and Through the Woods

    I fell face down in my father’s furrowed soybean field again.  It was Thanksgiving Eve 1990 something.  Navigating the trenches of dirt on this moonless night, proved to be about as tricky as body surfing blindfolded.  Covered in mud and…

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    Turkey Troubles

    One year our Thanksgiving turkey was so dry, everyone ate dark meat only and used a LOT of gravy. When we tried to feed leftovers to our two dogs, Martin Luther and George Whitfield, (we used to name our dogs…

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    Mom Had it Right

    I glared at my mother’s back, willing her to stop talking.  She cocked her head to one side, laughing at something her friend said.  Our church service ended at 12:30 and it was now almost 1:15. She chattered away with…

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    Shredded

    Crop loss is heartbreaking for a farmer or grower.  In the early years of my father’s greenhouse business, he experienced some profound losses due to insects and plant diseases.  I remember times when thrips, a tiny insect, ruined entire greenhouses…

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    A Call to Prayer

    In May of 1940, during World War II, 335,00 British and French soldiers became trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk by the German army.  The exposed troops made easy prey for the German air force to pick off.  With no…

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    Itchy Ears

    Does it seem reasonable to pay $879.00 a month in mortgage, taxes and insurance for a $40,000 house?  Is it wise to borrow down payment money when you hold outstanding student loans?  How do you feel about spending thousands of…