Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Have we forgotten that there is a bright side to life? I don't need to remind you winter is on its way. How many times have you heard people moan and groan when you mention old man winter? I must confess that I am guilty.

She was visibly uncomfortable with the squirming toddler on her lap. She proffered snacks, and a pencil and paper to the little guy while attempting to slide him, ever so gently to the side. Then she apologized. Over and Over again.

This is the first Thanksgiving in many years that I won't be cooking dinner, with all the trimmings. I've said all along I'd do Easter and Thanksgiving as long as I could and I've finally had to concede.

We sometimes attempt to deny reality as a coping mechanism for an issue we simply don't want to deal with if accepting the reality is too painful. This behavior sometimes exists relative to the economics of dairy farming.

We all have rituals and traditions that put us in the mood to get things done before, well, fill in the blank. Here at the Farm Service Agency, we have some annual clean-up and reminders that need to be done with the coming of the New Year.

When I took a part-time position with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, little did I know what a learning experience it would be.

Fall is a busy season for publishers of nature and outdoor-themed books. They make perfect Christmas gifts. Here are some recent titles I recommend...

Change, no matter how uncomfortable, sometimes causes us to look at our operation and discover that there are more ways to do things than we believed possible.

As the Sunday, Nov. 20 network news' yakkers were working hard to fix the blame for the Super Committee's failed attempts to fix last summer's failed attempts to fix Congress's failed attempts to fix the federal budget, 25 or so Americans gathered in a central Illinois church to hear their pastor explain that day's Gospel, Matthew 25: 31-46.

Redfield, South Dakota. Even when it's bad it's good. That's the best way to describe South Dakota pheasant hunting this fall following a devastating...
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