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Letter to a Little One

Dear Little Emmy,

Welcome to the world! Your arrival Friday came earlier than the doctors predicted. I like that. Perhaps you already know not to depend on the “experts” for such things, especially those things that are really just between you and God. We’re experts at making noise here. Never allow anything here on this earth to get between you and your Maker.

Despite the birth of your big brother

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Pondering the ‘Poor Doors’

Dw.cdrI choose not to worry about getting rich personally. That’s not going to happen and, thus, is such a waste of time. But sometimes I’ll read something that makes me realize how some of this world is so very much different from realities found here.

Have you heard about “The Poor Door?”

Evidently, officials in New York City signed off on a building plan that allows a new luxury high-rise

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A Nice Ring to Anvil Shooting

Dw.cdrTroy Lesan is a person you should know. Troy regularly contributes articles for publication in the monthly editions of the Lake Viking News. In the latest issue, Troy writes about neighbor Jeff Hower who has an unusual hobby: shooting anvils.

This is an old timey art form. Back in the day many events closed with “ringing the anvil,” referring to the sound a blacksmith anvil makes when shot into the

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The Writing on the Wall

Dw.cdrIt bothers me that so many of our public schools no longer teach cursive writing. I guess that’s because I relate back to the times of “B.C.” …before computers.

It’s true few of us handwrite very much of anything anymore; I know I don’t. I wouldn’t want to write this weekly column without the speed and convenience of a computer. And if you were forced to decipher my thoughts from

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Hobby Lobby: Much to Ponder

Dw.cdrThe nearest Hobby Lobby is at St. Joseph, almost 50 miles away. There are 11 stores within a 100 miles of Gallatin. But that distance melted away when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Obama administration’s mandate to require private companies to provide contraceptives to employees.

Have you paid attention to the Hobby Lobby controversy and recent Supreme Court decision? How close to home does the Supreme Court ruling

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Will There Be a Fall Festival in Gallatin This Year?

Dw.cdrProbably not, unless someone steps forward immediately and in a commanding manner. Time to organize properly grows short. And perhaps too many people simply don’t care anymore.

The first modern Chautauqua stage in Gallatin was set in 1986. The festival was an expansion of the popular Lions Club Flea Market. The previous year over 130 booths had lined the square on Flea Market Sunday; the first Chautauqua added 50 more.

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Voting on the Obvious

Dw.cdrOnce upon a time a man chose to quarry rock for his livelihood. This was a small family-owned operation miles from the nearest town (which was hardly a town at all, numbering less than 200 souls). The nearest neighbor to the rock quarry was unaffected by the occasional dynamite blasting, blasting rock being a necessary part of doing business. The quarry was that remote.

Times changed. An interstate highway made

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Drivin’ Ms. Lizzie

Dw.cdrOne of our drivers is gone from work for a few weeks. Suddenly who drives what is taking a higher priority in decisions to be made around this office. Driving has always commanded my attention, it seems, even during times when I unwittingly took the privilege for granted.

My first real job was driving dump trucks. Much of what money I would have at my disposal during college depended on

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Tears Sometimes Fall on Father’s Day

Dw.cdrSunday is Father’s Day. I dunno why, but from all the blessings and memories I cherish from my father, I sit thinking about the only time I remember seeing Dad actually cry.

I’d borrowed his small black and white photograph of the Navy repair ship. The ship was Dad’s “home” in the Pacific Theater during the last year of World War II. At the time, we were still developing film

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