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The Plight that Failed


Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

I did not make any New Year’s Resolutions for this year. My wife told me the one that I made last year was enough to last her for a lifetime. It wasn’t so much that she told me not to, it was the way that she made her position clear that convinced me that any future resolves would result in my losing my keeper.

It was just over a year ago when I realized that any attempt at self improvement on my part would be redundant. After all, I have no vices or bad habits; as a matter of fact, I have no habits whatsoever. I am upright, straight forward, and a credit to the county. I might add that in certain circles, I am considered statuesque.

I resolved that I would go out through the county setting a good example and offering advice to those unfortunates that had not been blessed with my acumen and social graces. That would be my only New Year’s Resolution and my mission. For the good of the county and my self-esteem, I would become “ A Man with a Mission”.

I realized that a year is but a short time in the scheme of things so I would need a plan; a comprehensive plan. My plan, The Flaherty Plan, would be to drop in on various farmers, businesses and certain institutions. In the course of my visits, I would drop little hints, certain suggestions and when I saw that the situation warranted it, some constructive criticism.

In a way it was quite an experience to drop in on these people, places and things. I liked to time my visits so that I would be there when they would be very busy. After all, I couldn’t drop any hints, make suggestions or constructive criticism if they weren’t doing much of anything. I soon began to notice their attitudes. They seemed, for the most part, to be uptight, perplexed and exasperated. I am not an Industrial Engineer, but it seemed to me that they would be much more productive if they stopped screaming at people and kicking things. The ones that weren’t screaming at people and kicking things seemed to be wandering around talking to themselves. I wondered if some of them might be suffering from hypertension.

I settled into a daily routine of leaving the house at nine in the morning, hitting two or three business places and then stopping for lunch at different restaurants. After lunch, I would drop into a bank or two and then visit a farm at milking time. I soon found that it was much more convenient for me to pack a lunch since I couldn’t seem to get a table at any o .....
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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The Post-Holiday Blues

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

I like the holiday season. In fact, I love the holidays. You get to see all your relatives. There is always more food than you can eat. Christmas music is played everywhere: in town streets, at home, on the radio, and i ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Sonnenberg’s Hill

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

Snow is a necessary evil here in Minnesota, but it isn’t as evil as I was once led to believe. One of my earliest memories is of a snowfall. I recall running around outdoors in the late afternoon of a very gray, very ch ..... 
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Morning meditations

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

The windmill stands tall in the farm yard, the remnants of last year’s morning glories still clinging to its iron works

The windmill is the first thing I see when I leave the house in the morning. On some mor ..... 
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