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Ghost Hunting

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

The ghost hunters came to town last week. It was a big deal to the locals, but of course ’round Poosey the appearance of more than three pickup trucks on the road at one time is an occasion. We’ve always considered ourselves to be a stable, conservative community

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A Man of the World

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

The old adage in packing for a trip is to load up your suitcase with everything you hope you’ll need, carry it around your house three times, then come in and start tossing things out. I’ll admit it: I pack for every eventuality while my husband Herb thinks

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Not on Any Test Score

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It’s easy to become discouraged. Listening to the nightly news before bedtime is enough to disturb anyone’s sleep as the state of the nation and the world seems to be spiraling into one abyss after another. I can remember Henry Kissinger once saying that, “You can’t really achieve

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The Price of Freedom

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I love the story about the Florida man who was arrested for mowing his yard in the nude. His neighbors said they didn’t mean to be prudish, but there was something profoundly disconcerting about taking a gulp of their morning coffee while looking out the window and seeing

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The Poosey Digest: Firecrackers

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I mean to take nothing away from our country’s benchmark event back in 1776 when the brave fellows signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, but Poosey once had a July 4th celebration that would have scared off the Redcoats just as effectively.

For years Ricky

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About Immigration

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Like it or not, I’m German to the core. Both husband Herb’s relatives and mine landed on the East Coast and headed toward the Promised Land that was then the American frontier. I guess I’d devised my own fictional account of my brave forefathers and mothers making their

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The Poosey Digest: Zap Apps

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Anyone with a portable phone is familiar with the phrase, “There’s an app for that!” It’s become the cure-all for each of mankind’s ills. There’s an app for comparing the price of lettuce before you go shopping, one for turning all the lights in your house on at

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The Poosey Digest: When Water’s High

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Wet doesn’t even describe what we’ve experienced this spring, as the sun has been a stranger since the end of winter. Record rainfall totals dominate the Midwest headlines in many places, and those living near the rivers find themselves living in them as storm after storm buffets the

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The Poosey Digest: Nation of Good People

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

When the tornado approached the Plaza Elementary School, first-grade teacher Becky Jo Evans pushed some of her students into a restroom then quickly jumped on top of their terrified bodies to protect them from the whirling debris. Once the monster twister had gone on down the road she

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The Poosey Digest: To the Graduates

by Freida Marie Crump

To the graduates:

You may be short of time in the next few weeks, short of cash, low on energy and running out of steam, but one thing’s for sure: You’ll not lack for advice. Your teachers will give you bits of parting counsel as you walk out of their classroom

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The Poosey Digest: Gathering of the Grannies

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Don’t laugh until you’ve heard me out. It might be one of the strangest ideas you’ve seen to bust loose the legislative constipation that’s got its hold on the halls of the U.S. Congress, but it just might work.

Anyone who’s diverted his eyes away from his text

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Poosey Digest: Traveling Perils

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I knew something was fishy when the Chicago police surrounded our plane. We’d just landed at O’Hare when a covey of police cruisers circled the plane and the gentlemen in blue started taking long guns out of their trunks.

I’d experienced some memorable landings. In Honolulu sarong-clad girls

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The Poosey Digest: Duties

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I admired Harold Ridgeway immensely. A farmer, a man of business, a dedicated father, and one of the finest men to ever walk woods ‘round Poosey. Harold felt that civic duty was just that… a duty. While many of his friends carefully avoided taking part in any civic

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Poosey Digest: Unemployment… Solved!

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It’s simple math. I’ve solved the problem of unemployment.

The current jobless rate hovers around 8% and if we’d adopt the Crump Plan for Unemployment (CPU), then I’m guessing that we’d actually have jobs going a-begging. The premise is simple:

I know, you know, we all know some

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The Poosey Digest: Don’t Take It Personally

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It probably wasn’t one of my holiest moments, but as I sat through a recent sermon on loving one another, all I could think about was Marlon Brando. It was that scene from The Godfather when he advised his sons that they should never take things personally… little

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Poosey Digest: Might as Well Laugh

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It must surely be one of the more delightful jobs in the universe. A group of graduate students were recently given the job of studying people’s laughter. I don’t know the details, but I assume they were assigned a subject to follow around for a day or so

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Poosey Digest: On Obama

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It doesn’t take much to flummox my husband Herb, but lately he’s been stymied. Being a die-hard, irascible Republican, the unseasonably late spring has him frustrated. He won’t be able to sleep until he can find a way to blame Obama and the Democrats for the weather.

He

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The Poosey Digest: Pope Predicament

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

When the eyes of the world turned Rome-ward last week as the Cardinals from around the world gathered to elect a new pope, my mind was whisked back to the day Herb nearly met His Holiness.

John Paul II was running the place when Herb and I climbed

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The Poosey Digest: What Would Mom do?

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

The only thing we all agree upon concerning the cost of health care is that health care costs too much. It’s the single biggest financial issue facing the nation and over the past ten years the price of staying well has risen three times faster than wages. I

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Poosey Digest: Pace Yourself

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

When people start talking about their diets, my mind leaves the room. Now that we’ve scratched two months off the calendar we’ve tossed most of our weight-losing schemes into our pile of broken promises and promised ourselves that once the weather warms we’ll start exercising again. Diets remind

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Poosey Digest: Bimbo Congress

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Pity the poor Bumbo baby seat. It was great invention… a soft foam chair that would allow your baby to sit upright as soon as he could hold up his little head. Then came the recall: Bumbo seats had to be brought back to the store (baby not

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Poosey Digest: Rule of Twenty

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

I have this theory. It’s unproven, untested and the study was unfunded. In fact, it was researched by an independent investigative firm: me. But in spite of my theory’s complete lack of credentials I’m pretty much convinced that it’s accurate. I call it The Rule of Twenty.

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Poosey Digest: Snowbirds

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

“Herb, are we the only ones left?”

“Alive? No, I just saw Gerald Loggins drive by in his pickup.”

“I mean up north! Are we the only ones of our age group who haven’t flown south for the summer?”

“Bob Waal is still here.”

“Bob Waal died last

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Poosey Digest: Standardized Stupidity

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I think I may be Oriental-ly challenged. I’ve tried for years to use chopsticks. I sit with a group of friends at an Eastern restaurant, watch them pick up the little sticks of perdition and peck away at their food as if they were born with two slivers

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Poosey Digest: News of a Different Sort

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

I have to admire the Chinese. “Chutzpah” isn’t a word ever used by Confucius, but the Beijing government has cornered the market on dishonesty with their ability to tell a lie often enough that people begin to believe it. The smog in their nation’s capital has been killing

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