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56 Men

"Any man who is afraid of failure will never win;Any man who is afraid to die, will never truly live."-General George S. Patton This coming July 4th, our nation celebrates freedom. The Declaration of Independence was a statement that the thirteen American colonies, at war against Great Britain, ...

Unbelievable

Editor's Note: Mike was traveling last week. The following column from June 17, 2008 recalls how conditions were the opposite here - instead of no rain, we had flooding.Unbelievable would be an apt adjective to describe recent flood related happenings in our area and the state. People have a ...

The Champion Rose

Certain things are not apparent to a boy. Certain attributes and skills remain unnoticed by the young man. Daily glances in the mirror hide the progression of time from the aging man, until one day, in that mirror, the reflection he sees is no longer that boy, no, the reflection in that mirror ...

SHOW ME THE MONEYYYY!!!!

Tom Cruise's character in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire (one of my favorite movies) is where Jerry speaks to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) - Rod tests Jerry's resolve through a very long telephone conversation, which culminates in the famed line "SHOW ME THE ...

Toledo Farmers Market

This Footloose Friday there were nine vendors to welcome the large crowd. The Werner's had the crowd around them before market started. They brought large kohlrabi. Some of the other items available for purchase were radishes, green onions, rhubarb, fresh herbs, garlic, spinach, lettuce, peas, ...

Idiomatic communication

Oh how I love idioms. I promised I wouldn't broach this subject again for a month of Sundays, but I believe this is an idea whose time has come.An idiom or idiomatic phrase is a group of words when used together have a different meaning than the individual words.As an example, some might think ...

Growing Tama County

The economic news this past Friday was not good. Unemployment ticked higher, fewer jobs were created, and the stock market plummeted. So - what can be done to fix the economy? Let's begin by asking some simple (who, what, how, & when) questions.WHO ARE WE-The Tama County economy is the ...

Potato chips and root beer

One day a little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it would probably be a long trip, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and two cans or root beer. He started his journey. When he had walked about four blocks, he sat down at a park bench right next to an old man. The old man ...

Toledo Farmers Market

This Memorial weekend market was a slow one. There were still 13 vendors there with plenty to sell. Some of the items available were bakery, eggs, jams, jellies, herbs fresh and dried, popcorn, onions, radishes, spinach, garlic, turnips, rhubarb, lettuce, homemade angel food cakes(Darold is ...

Reminiscing

I have learned my capacity for remembering faces far exceeds my capacity for remembering names, and the older I get, the more apparent that fact becomes. I have also learned the older I get, the more apt I am to take a mental journey back down memory lane. Reminiscing brings me comfort.I have ...