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The Next Hillside

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPI can imagine the scene. Og the caveman wakes in his cave, stretches, belches up a bit of the mastodon nuggets from the night before, looks over and sees his wife Ogala still sleeping by the fire, then walks out into the cool Pleistocene morning. He looks across at the next hillside. Ever since he was a little Neanderthal he had been curious

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Some Things That I Like

Writing this column is, at times, therapeutic. All this rainfall is getting me down. So, this is a deliberate attempt to not look at the rain gauge half full, but half empty.

I like bug bites. If I have no bug bites, then I’ve been spending too much time in the office behind the computer. A bug bite means I’ve been outside working on something or reading the newspaper out

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ShepherdCalls_WPSeventy plus years ago, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was a ten year old girl on a Kindertransport, a train that carried Jewish children to safety from Nazi Germany. She was allowed to take only one toy with her as she fled Frankfurt. She took a favorite doll. On the train she met a younger child, who was understandably crying. Painfully Ruth gave the young girl her doll. “She needed it more

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The Charcoal Fire

by Pastor Steve Ellison

A couple of weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with an old friend whom I had not heard from in about 10 years. He had engaged in a time of repentance and felt like God had forgiven him. However, he was struggling with forgiving himself. This is a perplexing problem for almost every Christian.

I suppose there is not a one of us who has

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It’s Plumb Patriotic

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPIt’s a tradition as old and storied as church potlucks and yearly prostate exams …each Midwestern town must hold its annual talent show, and Poosey proudly and sometimes less proudly steps up with its own version. The senior divisions of talent shows have pretty much dwindled to nothing in the last decade. Perhaps we learn something as we grow older.

This year’s semi-spectacle

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Watchin’ the Grass Grow…

I know we’re all anxious about grooming the Gallatin square. It’s human nature, I guess, to point out what others should be doing rather than minding our own biscuits, as Kacey Musgraves sings. Whoever coined, “Patience is a virtue” was certainly not of this spontaneous age.

The “cupola building” commanding the northeast corner of the square appears in distress as much as ever. Appearance can be deceiving. Structurally, the building

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Instruments of Destruction

He was my great, great nephew, my niece’s grandson. Sadly, he is gone at 19. He proved, unfortunately, what most of us know – guns are to children (especially boys) what flowers are to bees. They will get together.

The weapon was “put away,” locked in a safe at home. The key was hidden in his grandmother’s purse, but he found the key and the gun. He called his grandmother

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Give Time

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPOlga wouldn’t leave her porch. I was just a kid running wild and loose along the roads ’round Poosey when I noticed her sitting there. She’d come out early that morning to take her usual place in the wooden rocker on her porch, coffee in hand, but unlike her usual practice of watching the traffic, listening to the birds, then going back inside

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Letter to the Editor: Altamont Soldier Buried in France

My name is Dave Nyhlen (currently living in Beaurains les Noyon, France) and understand that you maintain the website for the Historical Society and was hoping that you might be able to put me in contact with someone related to a Lt. Frands V Frazier from Altamont, MO, who died 24th of March, 1918, from wounds received while the Germans retook the city of Noyon, France, in their last offensive

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