Monthly Archives: June 2014

Harvesting Flashback

How can riding a modern state-of-the-art harvesting monster take you back half a century? Well, let me tell you. Today’s story begins at Harry and Ollie’s, my wife’s market and café in Pelham, Tennessee. My Assignment Here in agricultural Middle … Continue reading

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Snakes on the Farm – Part 2 (And a Family Reunion)

The announcement for this years family reunion just arrived. I am ashamed to admit that I have not attended this reunion in more than twenty years, but am planning attend this year. I have been corresponding with family I have … Continue reading

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A Trip Back to Hog Jaw Valley – Part 2

The trip through Hog Jaw Valley, Alabama continues: One of the major landmarks on my tour was the Hembree home place. This two-story white frame building looks much as it did 80 years ago. Don grew up with several of … Continue reading

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A Trip Back to Hog Jaw Valley Part 1

Prologue How can you not want to explore a place named Hog Jaw Valley? It is a remote, rural, agricultural, sparsely populated area where Don and I were “thrown out” of two places. And why would it remind me of … Continue reading

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Would you like to participate in writing a novel?

I have been thinking about my “Modest Proposal” and what I would really like to do. First, by now, most of you who have followed my postings probably realize I enjoy the writing process—at least when I have, or can … Continue reading

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Water Skiing with my Father – Part 2

From the time we first started learning to ski, we took turns pulling each other. The challenge was getting my father up on the skis, but he could not get the skis, tow rope, acceleration, and balance coordinated long enough … Continue reading

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Water Skiing with My Father – Part 1

It was a cool, still late August evening. The tail of the ski made a slight sucking sound as I skimmed across the glassy smooth water. I cut hard to my right, away from the boat, setting up a sharp … Continue reading

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“Wave Ex” Explained and Comments from an International Resident

Introduction This posting is largely from my friend John, who has contributed to my blog space previously. By way of introduction, I met John at Randolph-Macon College (Virginia) on the first day of our freshman biology course in 1963. I … Continue reading

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Question about Current State of K-12 Education – I Need Your Help

Bill O’Reilly just said early this week (the Today show, June 6, 2014) that schools “don’t teach history or geography.” Is this true? I have not been in a public school in 40 years and I know things have changed, … Continue reading

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Are You A Member of A Flock or a Society?

The following two paragraphs are from an OpEdNews item, written in 2008 as President Obama was beginning his presidency. The author’s sentiments are apparent. “This is the first time in our nation’s history; someone is speaking the needs, wants and … Continue reading

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