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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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Retiring a Favorite Beach Towel

Dw.cdrJune means vacation time for many families. So, if that time comes for you, what souvenirs do you choose to remember those good times?

Souvenirs on my shelves are scant. Family vacations that actually placed us in some hitherland beyond the scope of a long weekend were very infrequent. Some of the trinkets I have are gifts from others. One of the souvenirs I particularly remember buying for myself isn’t

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What Kind of Father Will That Boy Grow to Be?

He’s a bundle of energy now, living in his own world. Or he’s the toddler beginning to realize how a grin or a little snicker can get you out of all kinds of trouble.

A father mostly learns on the job. What we don’t remember is when the job started. It is not at that time when a man impregnates a woman. There’s more to being a real father. It

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More Than Just a Conversation Piece

It was a dirty ol’ thing. No telling how long it was left neglected in the wooden granary, which had become the family’s depository for all sorts of unused relics.

Odd …how mud-dauber wasps found the white plastic hand grips to their liking. I twisted those dirt chunks off and yanked up hard on the handlebars to knock off a thick layer of dust. When the dust finally cleared, some

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Character Counts

The two women and one man stood just outside the entrance, oblivious to the rest of us. They were engrossed in conversation on current politics. And they kept getting louder and louder.

I soon found myself alone, still trying to hear what was being presented as a typical day while Gerald Ford was in the Oval Office of the White House. Everyone else had given up. The conversation raging between

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Packin’ a Roll of Quarters

I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way.

I grew up as a tag-along to a mother whose Holy Grail was in quest of the best bargain. At first I thought whatever my hometown could offer was the outer limits of her search. But life’s perceptions certainly changed with the development of shopping malls.

Dw.cdrMy boyhood hometown transformed from farming community to bedroom community right

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‘Captain Shipers’ Sounds So Good

One of the great pleasures in spending years and years living in the same place is in sharing the joys and sorrows of those around you. This is one of those times. Folks throughout Gallatin stand proud as one of our own, Scott Shipers, advances into an even greater leadership role within the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Promotions like this just don’t happen very often. They are earned.

Dw.cdrPerhaps you’re

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‘I hope you can live with this decision…’

Mike Leeper is the big brother both my wife and my sister-in-law never had. They are cousins who grew up together. As kids Mike spent many summers on the farm with the girls, away from his home in the city.

When I finally met Mike, I realized he was just a bit older but he always acted like a big kid. He was fun. He was a Vietnam vet and

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Time to Start Doing Homework

Dw.cdrAnnouncements by candidates for president captured the news cycle in major media last week, as you know. Wouldn’t it be something if we voters ignored the drama of the upcoming horse race and all the hype for ruling by dynasty (there are candidates with names other than Clinton and Bush, you know) and, instead, use positions on issues as the measure?

I don’t know about you, but I want to

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