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The Fourth of July

Each year, as the Fourth of July gets closer; brightly colored firework stands popping up through the cracks of parking lots all over the U.S. and the streets of our country neatly wrapped in stars and stripes, we are reminded, with each pop of a bottle rocket and each crackle of a sparkler, how truly fortunate we all are, the significance of our freedom and what it means to be an American.
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Tim Russert's funeral services

If anyone was put out by all the coverage of Tim Russert’s death and his funeral services last week, I feel bad for you. This man epitomized what the role of morality and values can do within a family. Twenty-two year-old Luke, his only child, would have made his daddy proud. The way he handled the crowds and the media, while dealing with his own grief, no doubt was a tremendous source of support for his devastated mother, and served to show us all that when you raise a kid with a defined value system and then live your own life accordingly, your kids and your grandkids will most likely reflect those qualities as well. No one can possibly know God’s purpose for taking Tim Russert at such a young age bit if just one man can become a better father after witnessing Russert’s, and Russert’s father’s, influence on his own son then perhaps his death will not have been in vain. Likewise, if even one upcoming politician or newsperson can model him or her self in the mold of Tim Russert, with all his fairness and his abundant character, we as a nation could all be better for it.
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Preparing & Planing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are the last of the summer crops to get planted. The soil was prepared a few weeks ago and had turned green with weeds. I was so glad it wasn’t planted yet. A run through with the re-breaker and harrow took care of them.
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A Lying Tongue

The trouble wrought in this world by a lying tongue is legion.
“Deacon Brown” was repainting the little country church building. He soon realized that there was more building to cover than there was paint in the bucket, so he added some water to stretch the supply.
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Life's Little Surprises

Life has a way of sometimes throwing us for a loop, putting a few potholes in our path and surprising us without the added bonus of confetti and balloons.
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The Passing of Tim Russert

 I can’t thank you enough for the many kind words and prayers that so may of you have passed along to me concerning my mother’s illness and hospitalization. I am convinced that your prayers and support have not only helped her but they have helped me as well. With that said, let’s get… right to it!

 The sudden passing of NBC newsman and journalist Tim Russert has made me feel as if I have lost a personal friend.

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The Sierra Club's Visit

The Sierra Club called and asked if they could come out for a visit, and of course I said yes. Folks routinely drop in to see the pretty gardens that have been on TV over the years.
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The Euthanizing of Rural America

The idea of euthanizing the elderly and the incurable ill is repugnant to all God-fearing people. The thought of it becoming a widespread practice is frightening. However there is a type of euthanization taking place today that is even more destructive, and consequently, fearful. It is the euthanizing of rural America. But it can hardly be described as merly killing. In fact, it is the very opposite.
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More Powerful Than A Pie Chart

All of us, on a daily basis, are faced with a great deal of choices, some small and unimportant like whether or not to super-size our French fries, and others long-term and life changing.
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The Importance of Hay

A garden needs farm, so last week I shifted focus a bit and cut hay. We make hay while the sun shines, but it gets rained on sometimes. It’s an important crop for a variety of reasons.
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Short on Substance

 I am a little short on substance for my column this week so please forgive me. I’m not being lazy, just exhausted. (However if my words usually raise your blood pressure then you might be pleased!)
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Don’t Demoralize De Preacher

He comes in at least four different colors, numerous sizes and shapes. People want him when they are sick, getting married, and family members die. He is called by different names, some of which cannot be repeated in public, but one defines the work he does – PREACHER.
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Friends . . the Truest & Most Rare Breed

There are times in all of our lives when the things we once believed to be true, real or forever prove themselves otherwise, times when the people that we trusted in shatter our perceptions of them and times when our hearts sink in our chests, the walls around us crumble at our feet, and the plans we once thought to be solid and secure, slip through our fingers like sand.
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Pity Pony

If you all don’t mind, please allow me to saddle up my pity pony and take a little ride. After hearing all the whining that has become the mantra of the Democrats about the “unfairness of it all” as it pertains to the delegate process that has been turned upside down in two key states, I am loathe to whine myself about the mess in which we conservatives find ourselves embroiled. (Remember, it was the Dems’ own party that allowed the voters of Florida and Michigan to be thrown into such a brouhaha that has now threatened to disrupt what should have been their banner year at the polls.)
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Normal Weather

This year’s spring has been abnormally normal, like the old springs of yesteryear. It didn’t turn hot in March, or dry in April, freeze hard or late, or do anything except be a nice long spring. Maybe we’re making up for the last few lost springs.
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"I Prayed"

Does a lapel button, which reads, “I PRAYED” violate the Constitution? A federal judge seems to think it does. The judge said that Wilson County schools were supporting religious activities by the parents, administrators, and teachers wearing buttons that said “I Prayed”, and that they could no longer wear them in school buildings.
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Those Unforgettable Summers of Our Lives . . .

Every now and then, when the muggy, summer heat mingles with the patter of a fresh rain, we find ourselves reliving the long ago summers of our lives, the few months in between school years when we savored every ounce of daylight while peddling our way towards the next big adventure.

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Barack Obama & Bill Clinton

 If I were Barack Obama and I indeed did win the nomination and the presidency next November I wouldn’t want Bill Clinton anywhere near my White House or anyway involved in my presidency! He will not willingly step back from the limelight, and he will not leave the public eye, mark my words, without another personal scandal attached to him. Bill needs Obama, not the other way around!
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Tragedy in Myanmar

The human tragedy in Myanmar after the horrific cyclone whipped through that country is a disgrace beyond compare. The despotic leaders of this impoverished nation have chosen to hold their “elections”, even evicting survivors from shelters in order to use the shelters for polling stations, and their callous behavior smacks of a level of inhumanity unlike anything I have seen in recent memory. These are the kinds of regimes that need to be wiped out, completely, and those who think we need to stand by and allow such regimes to flourish need their heads examined.
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Democrats Taking Control Of Congress

Has anyone else except me noticed that perhaps the reason that the economy has tanked in the last year and a half coincides with the time the Democrats took control of Congress? The looming threat of the elimination of the Bush tax cuts has caused many small businesses, the lifeblood of the economy of this country, to pull back on growth opportunities which translates to less jobs, less company expansion, and less benefits for employees. That, in combination with the obvious tax increases that inevitably come when a Democrat is in the White House, has caused much of the economic uncertainty that has plagued our country since the Democrats took control. With that said let’s get…right to it!
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