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“T.M.I.—Hogwash!”

Growing up on a farm in northern Iowa in the 50's, we lost a hog which slipped on ice and had a split pelvis. Having to put it down, the butcher came to our farm and slaughtered the hog. Nothing was as fascinating to a little kid than watching the dressing out of that hog! But nothing was ...

Pullin’ the wool over mom’s eyes!!

Before I begin this absolutely true story about my Mother, here are a couple other things about her. Mom was the "left-over Queen of Chelsea." In fact her leftovers were so widely known, used and eaten on a daily basis, we never did know what her original meal was!!! However being the great ...

“Noah, the corona virus and a new normal”

What's fascinating about the description of the Flood of Noah's time in the Bible is that many ancient cultures described the same experience in amazing detail!Noah was spared his life, along with his immediate family; but they had to be "self-quarantined" for about 365 days on the Ark. ...

Family activity time!

Your yard has been raked and re-raked several times; you're now watching re-runs of re-runs and your new hobby is boredom, so what's a guy or gal to do? Well, my friends, the staff at "Take A Mulligan" is challenging you and your family to a contest or quiz or something to that effect. This ...

The Story of Rose

In the midst of this social isolation we're all going through, enjoy this story about a lady named Rose.In a certain midwestern college, a professor of a class challenged each of his students to get to know someone they didn't already know. This one young man stood up to look around when a ...

“What The World Needs Now…”

Remember that song from decades ago? It suggested that the world needs love, and that's true. Among other things, might the world need prayer, too? I like the saying, "He who kneels before God can stand up to anything!" If nothing else, these present days have taught us that there are many ...

Well, what’s new? It’s Easter Time!

Do you remember that old movie, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?" Or how about those old TV shows, "The Twilight Zone" or "Outer Limits?" Ever wonder ifyou can hear Rod Serling's haunting remark, "You're now entering the Twilight Zone?" And it's all "you know who's" fault!! Right? We knew, ...

A cow and a tomb!

At 5 years old, my son came charging in the house one evening from the farmyard, all excited and yelling for me to come outside and see what he'd just seen. He had me watch the moon. So, I watched and watched; but I didn't see anything. I asked him what I was supposed to see. He told me to ...

Play Ball!!

Well the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the NBA Basketball Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, Golf Tournaments and just about everything else, (wait, not "just about anything," EVERYTHING has been cancelled or postponed. But not Major League Baseball. Nope! No-sir-ee Major League Baseball is just about to ...

What’s a sports junkie to do???

News Flash! News Bulletin! All Live Sports Cancelled Till Further Notice!!! No Big 10, Big 12, Little 10, or even Small 6 tournaments?No NCAA Basketball Tournament Office Pools?People might actually get some work done!!No standing around the water cooler mesmerized by all the upsets the day ...