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Township Roads: Some things I never thought


Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

The end of every year stimulates my memory. My family often tells me that they canít remember the circumstances of many of the stories I tell, but I guarantee I donít make them up. Not all of them anyway. Having a memory for events may be a mixed blessing. Iím pretty sure my memory is no better than anybody elseís. Itís just that I have the nerve to write about some of them.

I picture myself from time to time like Uncle Billy in "Itís a Wonderful Life". Uncle Billy canít remember anything and ties strings around his fingers for reminders. He forgets what the strings are for and eventually his absentmindedness causes a crisis for his innocent nephew. I donít have near the fun with alcohol that Uncle Billy did so I canít blame my memory lapses on that. I am always careful to go to the bank before I go to the post office. Iíd rather try to deposit birthday cards and the power bill than to put my bank deposit in the mailbox.

I can remember some things I used to think about and I can remember never having thought about some other things. I never thought that six years ago, when I started writing this column, that I would have written some of the things I have. I never thought that people would read what I had to write every other week for six years although I am sure that there are people who prefer my columns in the weeks it doesnít appear. I never thought that an editor would print everything I sent him although this column may be the true test. I never thought I would miss only one deadline in six years. I never thought that Iíd be sitting here typing with a cat in my lap, watching public television, listening to my wife talk about our next outing with her family, and all the while having my son fire a dart gun at the television from behind my ear. Consider the source. Always be careful what you read. I am always careful what I write because I live in fear that someday someone might actually read it.

I always thought that I would be really old when the twenty-first century came around but I lived to see it and I think Iím still fairly young. I never thought that Iíd live through the atomic weapons crisis of the sixties. I never thought weíd all have to consider facing an even worse fate. I remember getting my smallpox vaccination, but I never thought that Iíd be faced with the possibility of having to decide whether or not to get another one.

I never thought Iíd go out a .....
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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God bless thy year!

Thy coming in, thy going out,  Thy rest, thy traveling about,  The rough, the smooth,  The bright, the dear,  [Read the Rest]

The commute: My friend died

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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Iíd planned to write this column about New Yearís resolutions and my aversion to physical exercise, but every time I start to write it, I am thinking about Deanne, who died December 16.

At the age of two, she was diagnosed with ..... 
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Prairie Notes: Clearer vision

Fri, Dec 27th, 2002
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Coming of age during the 70ís when we stopped using outdoor lights and started driving 55 in order to save energy makes me hesitant to applaud the proliferation of Christmas lights, but I am awed by the extent to which we will go to celebrate the sea ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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I'm thinking of   our Christmas tree  of many years ago,  a lovely pine, tall, freshly cut,  with candles all aglow.

Went drivin ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric Leitzen

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Ah yes, the time is here again. Christmas. Just the mere mention of that word brings thoughts of warmth and love, doesnít it? For me, I see my family at the table for Christmas dinner, all ten of us now. However, there are many people outside my fami ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Are you done shopping? I remember years ago it was almost Christmas and I hadn't done any shopping for my kids, so my husband baby-sat and I ran uptown late afternoon and shopped. I got the kids a little gift, my mother some cotton stocking, and my d ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: Things are different in the country

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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One of the many things that I have learned since moving to the country is that things donít get done in a day and sometimes things donít get done at all. There is an advantage to that in that there is always something to do, even if it doesnít get do ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-By Andy Wolter

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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What mineral used in soap, building materials, glass and fertilizer was mined in Death Valley in the late 1880s?

Two motorcycles simultaneously leave an intersection traveling in opposite directions. They are 360 miles apart in ..... 
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