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Of People, Places & Things-Who is that guy?


Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Like many of you, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist. It probably has something to do with letting another person put metal objects in my mouth.When I was a kid growing up in Austin, my mom used to have to drag me by the ear kicking and screaming into Dr. Ellis office. Doc was a short, rotund balding man with fists the size of ham hocks. He had an uncanny resemblance to Ed Gein, the serial killer from Wisconsin who was turning peoples skins into lamp shades during the 50s. The only words I remember Doc Ellis ever saying to me were, Open wider.With his paws stuck in my mouth, I pleaded with my eyes for my mom not to leave the room. No, no, please mom, no... please dont leave me alone with this man.In my teens I graduated from Dr. Ellis to Dr. Riley an ex-Navy dentist who operated out of the second floor of a Main Street building. Doc didnt believe in anesthesia and would have you bound, gagging and out the door no sooner than you could say Hi. It might hurt for a few days, Doc would warn as I stumbled out of his office fifteen minutes later. If the swelling isnt down by Friday give me a call. Dr. Schmidt took my wisdom teeth out. Doc was an ex-ball player and he talked baseball non-stop the entire time he was working on me. So whataya think of the Twins? hed say, his face six inches away from my nose while his first-basemans quick hands probed my mouth.Ah, oh naw, (I dont know), I slobbered back at him. Two of my wisdom teeth were particularly difficult to pull and by the end of it Doc was nearly standing on my shoulders with a tool in his hand that resembled a crowbar.So if they can get some pitching, Doc continued, as he climbed off of me and began packing rolls of gauze and cotton into both sides of my cheeks, theyll have a chance.Dr. Kwok was an Australian trained dentist in Hong Kong, located in one of the oldest sections of Kowloon near my office. So, when I broke a tooth and needed a crown one day, Doc Kwok was called into service.Your teeth arent so bad, I remember him saying. I am used to seeing old timers come in with broken teeth from chewing on chicken bones.I took that as a kind of backdoor compliment and considered myself one of his prize patients.Since returning to the states, Dr. Nelson in Rushford has taken me .....
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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Tis the season

Its finally here...the church bells ringing triumphantly, the crackling of the fire, the Christmas lights twinkling all around, the stockings hanging, the carolers singing on the snow-covered sidewalks, the chitt ..... 
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Another From Flaherty-"Much to do about whatever"

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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As a general rule, a man has to have something to do; even if he doesnt get around to it. This is especially true if he is retired. He cant just sit around twiddling his thumbs, although in certain circles, this could be considered as a digital exe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Kyle Anderson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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As I walk through the halls at my high school, I see kids huddled in their groups of friends talking about what happened on the weekend. Conversations about what movie someone went to, a place someone visited, or something that a person bought. Nothi ..... 
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The Commute: Joy at the Dome

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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My family and I made the trip to the championship game last Saturday. My kids, ages three and seven, had never seen the Metrodome. They speculated before our trip about how big it would be, and whether theyd see any Minnesota Vikings or Twins just h ..... 
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Township Roads Bragging Rights

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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Deb and I traveled to Minot recently to attend the Board meeting of our national farm management instructors organization. One of our colleagues told us that he had received a nice compliment from his administrator back home. He was asked, "What bun ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Matt Ruen

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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This recent Tuesday, at the gloaming hour,  I sat me down, a sad lament to write.  This poem unfolded like a budding flowr,  As I did long for frosty snow so white.
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