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The Throwback By: 07/14/2014 @ 8:31am

The tale goes something like this: A pair of Norwegian homesteader brothers built themselves a nice granary, two stories tall, with a sturdy stairway. Come oat harvest they bagged…

Do the Math By: 07/07/2014 @ 8:05am

People who can do math are such a pain.And they can ruin a good story.I was thinking about that the other day when some folks in the café were talking about a local character who…

Picnic Season By: 06/30/2014 @ 8:37am

It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially if you enjoy picnics. At this time of year, a person could travel the length and breadth of our great nation while eating your…

Simple Man By: 06/17/2014 @ 7:47am

I’m a simple man. I suppose that’s why there is so much I don’t understand in the world. For instance . . . last week we had a grandchild sleepover. I sort of understand how…

Branson by Air By: 06/16/2014 @ 8:46am

The major goals of any vacation include relaxing and getting away from it all. One of the problems we encountered during our recent sojourn in Branson was getting anywhere at all…

Branson Ramblings By: 06/09/2014 @ 9:04am

It’s easy to tell when you’re closing in on Branson, Missouri. The billboards trumpeting Branson’s attractions become so numerous, they almost form a picket fence.The first…

Missouri Meanderings By: 06/02/2014 @ 8:04am

There is much to recommend about Winterset, Iowa. For instance, the town’s museum boasts a limestone outhouse that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As…

Happy Trails By: 05/27/2014 @ 7:40am

My wife and I depend on luck whenever we embark upon motorcar vacations. We like to “live off the land” using only a credit card and the maps app on my smartphone. The travel…

A Secret Society By: 05/19/2014 @ 1:22pm

This might come as a shock, but as a youngster I was forced to join a secret organization. This “club” even had a pledge that members had to recite as we stood and faced its…

The Right Notes By: 05/13/2014 @ 7:31am

When the universe sends you the same message from two different directions, I think it’s important to pay attention.A while ago, I heard an interview with Harry Connick Jr., the…

It's a Plane! By: 05/12/2014 @ 8:43am

Like many little kids, I was deeply envious of birds. Not just because they can fly, but also because they can go to the bathroom while doing so. Imagine how much fun that would…

Graduation Daze By: 05/05/2014 @ 10:44am

’Tis the season when young people don bizarre getups and harvest goodies from relatives and friends. Graduation Day, like Halloween, is a major boon for costumed young persons…

Variance Chip By: 04/29/2014 @ 9:55am

I got my pickup back last week.  It’s been a hard time for me. I’m a pickup guy - I’ve been driving one nonstop since 1973, so it was kind of tough when the loaner car…

Spring Cleaning By: 04/28/2014 @ 9:31am

The biggest problem I have with spring cleaning is dealing with all the decisions. And we’re talking decisions that are so important, they can’t be handled with the mere flip…

Fishing for Memories By: 04/21/2014 @ 1:03pm

To say that farmers are busy at this time of year would be like stating that it tends to get dark after the sun sets. The aroma of warming dirt is espresso to a farmer; his pulse…

Wedding Fever By: 04/14/2014 @ 9:03am

Spring has sprung and a young person’s fancy turns to thoughts of establishing an ongoing collaborative synergistic interrelationship with a hominine biped who is a member of…

A Taxing Time By: 04/07/2014 @ 11:39am

The sounds of weeping and gnashing of teeth can be heard throughout the land at this time of year and not just because it’s National Poetry Month, which means that we are…

Fire and Ice By: 04/03/2014 @ 11:22am

Last week I ate habanero-mango ice cream.I saw it on a restaurant menu and decided on the spot that I might never get the chance again, so I ordered it. After all, one of my New…

Cheese Withdrawal By: 04/03/2014 @ 11:19am

My wife and I recently attended a dairy exposition, a bacchanal of cheese and ice cream and chocolate milk. And all for free!I am not kidding. There were numerous dairy processors…

Less Heat, More Sunshine By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:25am

I had quite a column written this week. It touched on an important social issue. I did hours of research, even used some actual facts. It was sensitive, thought-provoking, and…

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