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The impertinence of being earnest


Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Monday, January 14, 2002

It has been brought to my attention that I may have, however inadvertently, stepped on some toes here and there over the years. It has always been my credo that knowledge should be shared and not locked up in some cranial lock box. I have always prided myself on being well informed and knowledgeable on current events as well as historical facts concerning people, places and things.

I suppose that if I have any faults (and I donít say that I do) it could be said that I am too outgoing, too willing to be of service, too concerned about the mental and physical welfare of people in general, and too good to be true.

As I look back, there were certain warning signs, little bells were ringing but I didnít heed or hear them. I can remember that Sister Lavinia would constantly remind me that silence was golden. She also said that there was a time to talk and a time to listen and in my case I did too much of both. Then there was the time that I was asked to leave the Boy Scouts for setting too good of an example and hogging all of the merit badges.

I remember now that I got into trouble when I was an altar boy when I advised the priest that he was mispronouncing certain Latin words. All that I was trying to do was to share my knowledge of Latin irregular verbs. I wonder how much good I could have done if I had studied latin for four years instead of two.

When I was in the Army, I was placed in charge of Troop Information and Education for my company. Once a month the Troops would gather in a hangar and I would lecture them on military history and why we were in France while the war was being held in Korea. This was a job that I enjoyed very much and the Troops got an hours sleep while I was doing my best to educate and keep them informed. I was so full of information that I began lecturing once a week until my captain let me know that once a month was more than enough and that it was just as well for the Army that I was only going to be around for the balance of the year. Well it was a good job while it lasted.

I used to look forward to my medical appointments and I enjoyed sitting in the waiting room visiting with the other patients and diagnosing their ailments. When I got in to see the doctor, I would relate to him all of the latest advances in medical technology and quote from articles that I had gleaned from Time Magazine and The Readerís Digest. I was quite surprised when I learned that h .....
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Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Monday, January 28, 2001

We are entering the seasonal no-manís landóthe time between winter and spring that is even more difficult to define this year because of the unseasonably warm weather.

Itís easiest for me to just think of it as ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Lost

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

My hands clutch the steering wheel and the cord of the CB radio. My knuckles must be as white as the snow that imprisons me in my car. The strong competent voice of my husband comes over the radio: "Nan, where are you? ..... 
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Turtle Dreamtime

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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By John LevellMonday, December 10, 2001

While long winter naps certainly seem appealing, a cold weather snooze lasting some five or six months is just a tad bit excessive. Factor in not a breath of fresh air or single bit ..... 
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Questions from the Neighborhood...

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, January 28, 2002

Why do people wrap small trees? I planted some fruit trees last fall and didn't wrap them, should I?

Young, thin-barked trees are wrapped for two reasons. Firstly to protect them from mice, voles ..... 
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The Compass Never Tells the Truth

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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By Wayne PikeMonday, January 14, 2002

I am somewhat skeptical of those directional compasses that you buy to keep in the car. My grandfatherís compass that he had in his 19 Ford was the last one that I knew of that worked properly, with the po ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story ďPublished farm subsidies stir up debateĒ, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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