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Day with Smithsonian birds was dream come true

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last month I wrote about Marcy Heacker, a research associate and forensic ornithologist in the bird division of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I met Marcy earlier this fall, and she invited me to visit for a behind-the-scenes tour. A few weeks ago my daughter, Nora, joined me for the visit. In advance of […]

Holiday memories are the best kind

Thursday, December 2, 2010

By now, your carcass soup — you do make carcass soup don’t you? — is waiting for the mashed potatoes or noodles or rice, however you prefer, and maybe this is the best part of Thanksgiving. No company, no fuss and so filling and hearty you don’t even need dessert. And speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ve […]

Definition of a blue moon might surprise some

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blue moon/you saw me standing alone/without a dream in my heart/without a love of my own. — Lyrics from a 1934 song by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart There was a full moon Nov. 21. No big deal, you say, there’s a full moon in most every month. However, this one is what the Maine […]

Small gains stabilize grain markets

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grain markets have stabilized on the Chicago Board of Trade in recent days. That is a nice way of saying that we have seen small gains after large losses, without a real sense of direction being established. Market moves December corn futures have retraced nearly a third of the large loss. We fell from the […]

FSA Andy: Farm Service Agency

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hello friends, It’s an important time of year for the Farm Service Agency. Ballots for this year’s county committee election were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business on Dec. 6. If mailed, ballots must be […]

Soil, what an amazing resource!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OK I admit it … I love soil. I know that kind of makes me a freak (at least that what my wife tells me), but I’m not alone. If you talk with just about any Soil and Water employee or board member, you’ll find an infectious love of soil and a passion to conserve […]

The gifter who keeps on giving bad gifts

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mr. Wonderful has taken to hitting me to get his point across. OK, technically it’s more of a playful tap on the shoulder to alert me, the listener, that he has just said something important. He has adapted this as a method to ensure that I am actually paying attention when he is about to […]

Be thankful for the tiny things

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes, the only dose of medicine that makes any sense at all is time spent in the innocence of a child’s playroom kitchen. Last night, our little hometown rolled up the sidewalks early and pretty much the entire community headed to Findlay to watch our boys continue their march toward a state football championship. After […]

Always cows; usually a turkey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On the 100-cow, southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, two hearty helpings of Holsteins were always on the Thanksgiving Day menu. In between came other entrees — church, usually a turkey, pie, a nap and, often, a pinochle game. The turkey was the “usual” dinner centerpiece, but not always, because I remember one or […]

I still have a lot to be thankful for in life

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On this week and day of Thanksgiving, we all have so much to be thankful for. As our family sits down to a bountiful dinner, I am given to thoughts about the last several months. Our family has been blessed in so many ways, with each blessing overshadowing the setbacks, injuries, and problems. Shoulder surgery […]

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