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Township Roads: Just the thought of it


Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I have often said that it isnt the sight of my own blood that bothers me as much as it is the thought of the sight of my own blood. I dont know when this aversion to thinking about my blood started and I dont want to dwell on it too much. Even writing about it makes my palms sweat.

Like most clumsy people who handle tools, I suffer the occasional accidental bloodletting. I recall one morning when I was working on some household project that involved sheetrock and a sharp utility knife. Our son, Matt, was about three years old at the time. He was watching me cut the sheetrock. I told him to stand back because I didnt want to slip and hurt him. Then, like a good dad, I showed him what I was talking about. Before he could turn to run, my knife slipped and I slashed the end of my left index finger. I knew I had about thirty seconds to respond. I wrapped my dirty red handkerchief around the bleeding digit and made my way up the stairs. I flopped on the kitchen floor like a flattened possum on the highway and waited for the rescue squad. My wife had heard me coming and anticipated what I had done. She patched me up as I lay there. When she was done, I was pink again and the stars were gone.

I admire people that give their blood voluntarily. Donating blood is a generous and easy activity. It is one of the few really noble things that one person can do for another. There are folks I know who have given gallons of blood and received little in return. It hardly seems fair that they only get a cookie and a cup of orange juice per pint.

I have tried to join this group of generous souls over the years. My first attempt at blood donation was successful and trouble-free. I was impressed by the professional and caring approach to the whole activity. The phlebotomist who drained my first pint had no idea that she would be the last one to enjoy such easy success.

My next trip to the filling station didnt go quite as smoothly. The phlebotomist was a very competent young lady who must have been having a dull day. We chatted about little things while she went about her procedure. She was spending a long time poking with her needle in the crook of my left arm. It didnt hurt and I didnt think too much about it. Suddenly, she got excited. "Oh, look," she said in awe, "I hit a valve. Look. Its fluttering." I remember she studied the effect for a moment before she looked at me to share h .....
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The Commute: Telling stories

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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I cant really say that I developed my love of stories as a child. I dont remember any gifted storytellers in my family, although we did talk a lot.

In fact, the term "telling stories" had a negative connotation"Quit telling s ..... 
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Another one from Flaherty: What happened to the corned beef and cabbage?

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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It was about that time of the year again and plans had been made. This year things would be different, safe and sane and nothing would go wrong, if Clancy had anything to say about it. There would be no repeat of the Finnegan disaster of the last yea ..... 
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Prairie Notes: For the love of books

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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I do not remember a time I didnt know how to read. Being the fifth of six children gave me four older siblings and my parents to read aloud to me, but memories of their voices saying the words faded long ago. My earliest memories of reading stem fro ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Here we are. St. Patrick's Day. The time for the wearing of the green. Time for everyone to feel just a little bit Irish. Bust out the corned beef and cabbage, Mom, and top off the tankard. I love the Irish. I love them to pieces, everything about th ..... 
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Are You Game? Spring, the harbinger of great things to come

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Happy Saint Patricks Day to you and what a sports week it has been. Jim Harrick gets the boot in Georgia, as UGAs NCAA and SEC Hopes slip past their fingers. The Twins are looking like last years ALCS squad.   First with C ..... 
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Township Roads: Almost the right word

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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When our second son, Matt, was just a little guy, he went on a school field trip. They were gone for the day to the Twin Cities. We didnt know the trip itinerary so we quizzed him about his activities when he got home. We asked him what he had seen. ..... 
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