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Bare Feet


Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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I did something very daring last night. I walked outside in my bare feet to put a bag of trash in the dumpster. The dew-covered grass felt cool to my hot feet. The sidewalk was smooth and warm in contrast. The different temperatures and textures complimented each other like a hot cup of coffee with pie and ice cream. Then I came to our gravel driveway and started across.

"This is stimulating!" I said out loud to no one in particular. I debated turning around to get some shoes before finishing my chore. Looking ahead on the driveway, I tried to spot a few areas within stepping distance that were less covered with crushed rock than others. In stepping-stone fashion, I managed to reach the dumpster without drawing blood or screaming out loud. The trip back across the sharpened rocks caused no permanent damage. I marveled at how my kids make it look easy. But then, they don’t have to deal with as many pounds per square foot, so to speak, as I have.

My feet never got accustomed to barefootedness. My parents were adamant that we wore shoes whenever we left the house. I’m sure that I never saw my father outside without shoes or boots. For that matter, he rarely appeared without shoes indoors either.

I never got the impression that this was some "anti-Depression era" backlash on my parents’ behalf. They never said, to quote Scarlett O’Hara, "As God is my witness, I’ll never go barefoot again". Not to my knowledge, anyway. I think they just thought it was a good idea to keep your feet covered.

That makes a good deal of sense when you live on a farm. You never know what lurks in the grass. Even though we had a large lawn, the machinery often came within twenty yards of the house, and if we were out in bare feet, then there would be no reason to stop at the lawn’s edge. There may have been nails or broken glass or any number of hazards awaiting us.

We also shared the lawn with a dog, squirrels, and cats too numerous to count. Their presence certainly carried with it the opportunity to step barefooted into something you would rather avoid. In my earliest recollections, chickens also had free range around our house. They seemed to make it a point to pollute well beyond what one would consider a rational amount for an animal that small. I should not forget to mention the occasional cow that would make its way onto the lawn as it traveled to what it considered even greener pastures.

Having four boys in shoes all summer pr .....
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Lazarus

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Monday, July 17, 2000


Over the last several years, many of our farm cats have come to live with us as orphans, dropped off on the side of the road by some passerby who found it easier to dump an animal in the country than go through the e ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 75

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Name: Karla Wangen
Home: Rural Harmony
Age: 37
Profession: 1. Parent 2. City Clerk for the City of Canton
Family:Husband-Arlis Wangen; 3 daughters-Kayla-age 15, Krista-age 11 and Nicole-age 7.
Pers ..... 
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Watermelon Jam

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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3 cups sugar
11/2 cup finely chopped seeded watermelon (do not puree)
1/4 cup lemon juice
l cup water
1 package (1l oz.) powdered pectin
• In a bowl, combine sugar, watermelon and lemon juice. Let stand for 10 min., stirring occa ..... 
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7/17/00

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, July 10, 2000

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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(no letters were received for the week of July 17, 2000)

To the Editor,

This is great! I will no longer have to wait long periods of my life for Mom to mail old issues of the Journal. The Journal is at my finger tips at any time of the ..... 
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