September 1, 2014

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"Spy" Print E-mail

For seven years, while I was finishing college and beginning my first years as a teacher, I spent my summers and holidays driving a truck for Griffin Industries.  These summers were spent as a ‘skipper’ driver serving when regular drivers took vacations or were on sick leave.

I had many colorful experiences on the job. My duties ranged from a variety of pick-ups:  slaughter houses, meat markets, restaurants, bars, schools, convents, drive-in theaters, churches and hospitals.

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Celebrating Columbus Day, October 14 Print E-mail

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus' voyage since the colonial period.

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Let your boss know you like 'em or not! Print E-mail

Do you like your boss? If so, this is your opportunity to let them know. Boss's Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States and Canada. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year.

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Just a Pinch Apple Bundt Cake Print E-mail
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"Horses and Hemorrhoids" Print E-mail

Almost all people are acquainted with them. If you are an older person who does not have them, I am sure you are probably associated very closely with someone who does. If you are a younger person, you may be a bit confused about what I am talking about, but in a few years you will have firsthand knowledge. Famous movie stars and leaders of countries, beauty queens and presidents are not immune. Hogs and dogs don’t have them, because they walk on all fours. It is funny for people to make jokes about them as long as they don’t have the problem themselves.

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Fire Prevention Week October 6-12 Print E-mail

"Prevent Kitchen Fires" — that's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week. From October 6-12, we'll be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home — and we'll help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.

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"The Bucket List" Print E-mail

As a young boy during the 50s, we lived and made our livelihood on an ol’ hill farm. We grew to expect disaster as an everyday occurrence, whether it related to the crops or livestock.  Many times we may have lost a new born calf, chicken, an old dog, or horse. We were sad when these events happened, but since we were living on a farm, the death of an animal was not uncommon. We stoically termed these happenings as “kicking the bucket.”  The death was a natural process of life and there was no use in burying ourselves in self-pity and sadness, because nothing could be done.

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"Old Habits" Print E-mail

A famous country music artist sings about ‘old habits like you are hard to break’.  George Jones sings about ‘Attending the same old places, and ringing the same numbers by mistake, She thinks I still care.’  A doctor told me one time, that humans will even miss a thorn that was stuck in their foot when removed.  We as humans can’t help it, but we are creatures of habit.

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Remembering the Constitution of the United States on September 17 Print E-mail

Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government.  Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens.  The supremacy of the people through their elected representatives is recognized in Article I, which creates a Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The positioning of Congress at the beginning of the Constitution reaffirms its status as the “First Branch” of the federal government.

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"Sunday Visitors" Print E-mail

Have you ever wondered why no African American families ever lived in certain areas and towns?  Prior to 1960, towns and villages such as Alexandria, Butler and Williamstown, just to name a few, were never inhabited by Black families.

The Goforth community, where I grew up, was no exception. We were a sheltered community. We basically were all the same color, the same religion, same ethnic origin, and usually voted the same way. I can remember the first Black family I ever saw.

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