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Out of Touch

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

The woman was incensed …out of her mind angry.

“Freida, I tried to call you twice this morning!”

PooseyDigest_WP“Happens a lot, Mildred.”

“Twice! Why didn’t you answer?”

“I wasn’t near a phone.”

“You don’t have a cell phone?”

“Sure I do. I just didn’t have it with me. Like I said, happens a lot.”

“What’s the use of having a cell phone if

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The Blessings of a Traveling BBM

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

A couple of disturbing surveys were released this week. I read that two vital pillars of our society take a drastic slam in the summertime. Once the hot weather hits, both church attendance and blood donations take a severe dip. Some studies show that the number of butts in pews decrease by as much as 30% as the dual sirens of golf and

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Hotel Breakfasts

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPThey call them First World Problems, those gripes that would make Third World citizens roll their eyes in disgust at our affluent lifestyles. “My $6 Starbucks latte came with one espresso instead of two,” “My dad bought me my first car today and it’s a used BMW instead of a new one,” or maybe, “My iPhone broke! My world is over!” …as all

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The Days of Lawlessness

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I miss the desperados, the days of lawlessness.

PooseyDigest_WPWhen I was a youngster living in a farm community the legal rights were fudged a bit because of pure necessity when it came to driving. While the law books said that a young man or woman had to be 16 years old, the fact was that if your legs were long enough to reach

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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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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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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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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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A Man with Passion

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I can’t think of the Fourth of July without remembering him. Hoolie McBride was the town carpenter, mechanic, roof fixer, dog tamer, and sometimes Bingo caller at our annual Burgoo. He was a scruffy little fellow who managed to always sport about six days of beard, and some said that he wore his oil-stained pants for so many days that he had no

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