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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 ...

“Who’s afraid of Mr. Horn?”

Growing up on a farm, my school bus driver, Mr. Horn, scared me! He looked mean and had, very strict rules. He made us sit in our seats, not move about and watched us like a hawk. He made us be quiet and not mess with other riders.I recall one incident just before Christmas. I was about six ...

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!!

This Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day. A day or night or both to guzzle down some "green beer." The city of Chicago will once again douse the Chicago River with about a hundred pounds of green dye and the river will be green. All the fish in the river will get "green around the gills," (nyuk ...

Nostalgia…..Again!!

This past week Deb and I returned to Tama-Toledo for the funeral of my cousin. The last time we ventured back here was last summer for my (gulp) 50th class reunion. This time around it was because of a sad occasion yet bittersweet too. It seems the older we get, the more we get together for ...

“Don’t Does!”

Growing up in the 50's & 60's with a family of five kids, life was a series of "Don't do's"My folks had unreasonable family rules, like don't wear blue jeans to school, don't watch cartoons on Saturday mornings, don't read comic books, don't cuss, eat your peas and don't talk with your ...