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"Bert looks good this morning, Doc," Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, "Yes, I certainly do!"

We turned toward our old pal. "You heard that?"
"Sure did, guys," he grinned. "Look...."

He pointed to his ears. "Hearing aids," he said. We walked over and looked, and sure enough.

"It was Maizie's idea," Bert said. "She made the appointment and everything. Said she was tired of having the TV on so loud."

"But it was a good idea, Bert," Doc said.

"Oh, I know...

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In American literature, the biggest religious pretender of all time is probably Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry. While most of us have not read the book, we may remember the movie. The film was a 1960 masterpiece starring Burt Lancaster in an Emmy-winning role as the charismatic but corrupt evangelist.

Gantry begins his career in the early 1900s at a Baptist Seminary in Kansas preaching at a little country church while trying to seduce the daughter of one of the deacons. Eventually he becomes a...

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Why do those who understand not what they say, say so much?

On a Roll
Did you read about the team of students, at Purdue University, who won a $20,000 prize for creating a biodegradable fireworks casing out of corn that is lighter and less expensive than the products now on the market? Heck, on the farm, we had a unique use for corncobs and never won a darn thing. Of course we saved a lot of money on toilet paper.

If you'd buy only what you need and not what you want, you'd have a lot less...

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My wife attended Lutheran Catechism. My neighbor went to an Adventist Sabbath class. My college friend was enrolled in a Yeshiva. And I attended Sunday School. I suppose these are all different names for a similar religious rite of passage: The formalized instruction of the young.

Now, I don't have very much experience with catechisms and yeshivas, but if college credit could be earned for hours spent in a Baptist Sunday School, I would have had a PhD before turning ten years of age. In the...

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Heat simmers through our hills as the last week of June makes its exit. Mom always used the expression, "Hotter than the Fourth of July" so perhaps July sent her heat in advance. Gardens are flourishing however, with the first fruits being harvested. Midsummer flowers appear already, with orange pleurisy (butterfly) weed and black-eyed Susan's making the fields colorful.

Springtime flowers are more delicate, but sweet-scented, while summer flowers are bright and showy. The seasons seem to...

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Many beautiful items won blue ribbons in last year’s open class division.

Ahh the month of July and the 4-H county fairs are in full swing. The hard work of making projects and tending to animals comes to fruition as exhibits are judged and ribbons awarded with the hope that it may also be shown at the State Fair for the 4-H youth. In the vendor tent I was drawn to the ladies who used "liquid embroidery" tubes to decorate linens. I never fell for it. Being a lefty-I knew my project would never look as good.

4-H County Fairs are conducted by each county's Purdue...

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