July 24, 2014

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"Dangling Participle" Print E-mail

I have been blessed by being able to experience various professions in life: I have been a farmer, a truck driver, a school teacher, a recreation director, an auctioneer, a circuit court clerk, an undertaker’s assistant, and several other minor occupations.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all and have learned much.

I suppose if I had to choose a favorite, my most prized profession would be a teacher. I know many current day teachers might think I am just blowing off steam, but the relationships I have had with my students over the years have lasted a lifetime.  I could write volumes about different students and events, but in this piece my focus is on one.

“The Race” Print E-mail

Most folks picture life as a journey, but it really is a destination. If one were to make a graphic picture of life, the illustration would start on a level plain at birth, ascending up hill until age 40 and then descend downhill until reaching back to the level plain at death.  This stage is really the finish line and also the victory.

I have never agreed with this design. The true design would be to place the point of beginning at birth at the top and continue that point in a downhill direction until death.

Please don’t think this introduction is negative. Life is an exciting and complicated experience.

Let’s take a look!  As a youngster in the early 1950s, the small town of Falmouth was the only metropolis I knew. Until I was sixteen years old, I had never been any father west than Williamstown, any father east than

Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day? Print E-mail

Learn the significance of our national holiday and make it more meaningful to you.

By Laura Schlereth

Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the best parts about summer. You get to barbecue with your family, watch fireworks, go to a parade—take part in all the fun summer activities.

American legend, Amelia Earhart, lost over the Pacific on July 2, 1937 Print E-mail

July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey: Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a tiny island 2,227 nautical miles away, in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was in sporadic radio contact with Earhart as she approached Howland Island and received messages that she was lost and running low on fuel. Soon after, she probably tried to ditch the Lockheed in the ocean. No trace of Earhart or Noonan was ever found.

"Fourth of July" Print E-mail

Holidays are special and there are always little unique incidents that occur to make particular ones memorable.  I suppose Christmas and Easter are my favorites, but I am a little partial to the Fourth of July.

This holiday is less complicated and requires no special dress or costly gift selection.  Usually a friend, a hot dog, hamburger, watermelon, fire cracker, a flag and a pretty sunny day are the only items of consideration. It is just a day in which one can feel good and proud to be an American and a family man.

"Inferiority Complex" Print E-mail

I have always had an inferiority complex from early childhood. I guess, after thoughtful consideration maybe this complex was really a safety mechanism to never attempt anything that I had a fear of failing.  The only smart thing about me has been I always knew how dumb I was.  This awareness is a great step to success, but sometimes can be a handicap.

"The Baptism" Print E-mail

As a youngster during the 50‘s, an individual in my neighborhood did not have true Christian credentials until he accepted Christ and was baptized.  Now please don’t think that this ol’ ‘Back Yonder’ character has turned preacher, but even at 70, I still feel this belief is quite in line with what the Master taught.

Youth during the 50’s did not have all the social gatherings like kids of today.  The few events at school were few and most other gatherings happened at church. We had to be observant of the few gatherings that happened in our neighborhood and take advantage of every opportunity.  Otherwise we did not get to go anywhere.

“Fashions” Print E-mail

Wonder why when we are looking through old photo albums we laugh about the styles of yesterdays, but when we look at photos that were taken last week, we are not alarmed?  Styles have always been important to mankind and they will always be changing.  Like King Solomon said ‘nothing is new under the sun’, “What goes around, comes around?”

When I was a teenager, you were among the ‘in crowd’ if you wore a tee shirt, with blue jeans, a pair of penny loafers, and white sox.  Today’s teens would not be ‘caught dead’ in such attire.  Our hair style was a flat top with fenders or duck tails.  Again, this fashion would not work in today’s vogue.

“Juries” Print E-mail

Most of us have watched enough old westerns to remember when Judge Roy Bean, the hanging judge from Texas, needed a jury panel; he would go to the local saloon and quickly draft participants.

I have heard some of the older attorneys tell how the circuit judge in Pendleton County would order the sheriff to quickly round up a jury when needed for a court matter. The sheriff would head to the pool room, barber shop or some other loafing place, and in no time have a jury ready.

"Sock Hop" Print E-mail

Dancing in today’s society is like everything else. It has no form, no style, no pattern, and no definition. Two people get out on the dance floor and do whatever feels good. Sometimes this impulse can be a bit risqué.

Folks are awed by the gyrations and displays of the TV program “Dancing with the Stars”.  If the bare skin, sexual gestures, and hunches were eliminated there would be little to indicate these performances even qualified as dancing.


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