Thursday, September 29, 2016

As I stare out my window, desperately searching for that first sign of spring, all I see is rain, again.Normally, I look forward to...

The lead story on the front page of the Jan. 30 Wall Street Journal reported "that a 'significant amount'" of an estimated $1.2 billion in customer money that disappeared when investment bank MF Global Holdings Ltd. collapsed "could have 'vaporized' as a result of chaotic trading ... the week before the company's Oct. 31 bankruptcy filing."

One of my favorite photographs, displayed where I can see it often, is a candid shot of my dad with John McNaull. They stand talking and laughing amid the backdrop of antique tractors, a passion they shared.

There was a time not too long ago that folks with cataracts had little hope of regaining their full vision and enjoying nature's wonders. Most of us take the privilege of sight for granted and I know many of our readers have had cataract surgery and know firsthand what a blessing it is.

Frost seeding of legumes in February and early March can be used to improve pasture, hay quality and yield. The freezing and thawing of late winter and early spring can provide for good legume seed/soil contact and germination.

Have you listened lately to your house, especially if it is an old house? Over the years you've learned to identify its creaks and cracks, its rattles and bangs, without becoming alarmed. You also know its smells, not just from the kitchen, and if a skunk is passing through.

First I would like to apologize to any innocent drivers in a nearby urban area who may/may not have been menaced by a woman with a white knuckled grip on the steering wheel of a large white truck. That was me and I am sorry.

I am looking for lower prices. The farmers want one more shot at $7 corn. They should not bet the farm they will get it.

Chrysler's Super Bowl ad narrated by Clint Eastwood reminds us that we -- Americans -- are gritty and resilient. We're the wet-behind-the-ears upstarts still writing our young country's first chapters. It also reminds us of what's so great about this country: the freedom to fail and the freedom to reinvent and the freedom to change.

What a winter we have had so far. I think many of us would like for winter set in and the ground to freeze until spring. Dealing with all the rain and mud has made things difficult.
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