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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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If Our Jail Could Talk…

There’s renewed interest to update and improve upon the informational displays at the ol’ Squirrel Cage Jail in Gallatin. With a little more effort, some of what’s now underway will be up in time for the fall Chautauqua.

As you know, the antique jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and doubles as a visitors’ information center. Sadly, there’s no funding to keep the facility open all

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It was my birthday, a big one. My wife decided I needed a birthday party. Perhaps she assumed I would not be available for many more. Lovingly, she set the wheels in motion. At first, she planned it to be a surprise; but we have difficulty keeping secrets from each other, and soon the “cat was out of the bag.”

ShepherdCalls_WPWhen she realized I was on to her, she began

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My Country

by Pastor Steve Ellison

As I write on July 4th/Independence Day, I wonder about myself and my fellow countrymen. We seem ready to declare any kind of behavior as acceptable, even worthy of celebration.

For decades, we have turned a blind eye toward adultery, unethical business practices, fornication, mistreatment of the weak, pornography, failure to discipline children, no-fault divorce, homosexuality, government handouts to those capable but unwilling to provide for

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Signs of Civility

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

For all his faults, and they stretch the length of my arm, husband Herb has some good things going for him. Above all the man believes in civility. Yes, he hollers and gripes and moans like a whiney child at times, but when it comes to public behavior the guy is delightfully a product of good upbringing. In public at least, he knows

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Either Come In or Stay Out!

We jumped the gun on the Fourth of July. Last weekend was a big birthday bash where extended family members lumped three birthdays together by fudging on the exact dates just a bit. Good times, good food B and now for another promising weekend of fun with Firecracker Day falling on Saturday this year.

You can read just about anything about any subject, but somewhere somebody has tallied up what

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