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Freedom

The question of freedom comes up when we wonder how an impulse to action arises in us. What compels us can be regarded as necessitated by nature, or as a free decision on our part. To further complicate matters, sometimes we know why we act, and other times our actions surprise us. On the farm we prioritize the things to do, routinely change the plans, and ponder how these decisions come about.
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More Planting

Plowing and planting, we put in overtime last week to get 30 more bunches of onions planted, along with 30 bunches of leeks. More carrots, beets and lettuce get sowed while the peas and celery get hoed. An endless cycle of vegetables in, vegetables out during the course of the year keeps us busy, and wondering.Are there crops, which are only planted once? The answer is yes, the fruit crops.
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Patiently Waiting

When the ground dries out we’re going to be really busy. Until then we’ll patiently await the appearance of peas. With hoes in hands, the young seedlings will get their due care. The heavy rain beat upon the freshly planted garden last week, and there is always the gardener’s anxiousness about whether those seeds will rot or sprout.
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War On The Middle Class

Never before has a more relentless war been waged against the Middle Class population of the United States than the one we are witnessing today. The Upper Class has no problem filing up their gas tanks and shopping carts, while the bottom percentage of our population receive food cards, health cards, rent subsidy, and a certain about of free transportation, whereas the Middle Class get the privilege of paying the majority of the taxes. Now if that isn’t war on the Middle Class than I’ve never heard of one.
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Best Wishes To Our Graduates Throughout This Area

Best wishes to the Macon County High, Red Boiling High, Westmoreland High, Portland High, and Monroe County Kentucky high graduates. You have finally arrived, and you are to be complimented. We love each of you.
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Students Allowed To Draw “Demonic” Images In School, But Not A Cross

Both the “Overkill” and inconsistency are alive and well in some schools across the nation. Recently a high school student in Tomah High School in Madison, Wisconsin drew a cross and included the words “John 3:16 A sign of peace” in his art class. His teacher asked him to remove the reference to the Bible, but the student refused. His teacher gave him a zero on the project.
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Remembering to Breathe

Everyday we find ourselves competing in a race to get things done; we rise to the shrill sound of an alarm clock, speed to work, where we chug coffee before tackling task upon task, then speed back home to a list of household chores, a pile of laundry and the taunting reminder of yard work.
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Bobby Jindal - The Next Vice President?

 Hope everyone had a safe and reflective Memorial Day. It’s so important to remember the reason for the picnics, the get-togethers, and the day off from work. Remembering and honoring those who gave their lives for the advancement of freedom around the world as they protected ours at home should come before all else.
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An Old Story that Never Ceases

Browsing through an October 31, 1959 Courier-Journal, I noticed on the front page these headlines: “7 Children Die In Blaze; Mothers At A Bar.” The opening line was this: “Ottumwa, Iowa, October 30 – Seven young children, trapped by fire inside a one-door house, died early Friday while their mothers were away at a bar.”
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Tomato Patch Plantin' Time Again

It’s time to plant the tomato patch. The plan has been to set them out in the late afternoon, and water them well. This lessens transplant shock. Ours are bare-root from the cold frame, and will need a bit of tender loving care.
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Memorial Day: A Time to Remember

For many, Memorial Day weekend has always stood for a time to travel or enjoy vacations over the years; a three-day holiday that sends many off to the sandy beach shores or to a family-favorite campground.
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Life Lessons & Spaghetti-O's

As school comes to a close each year and the dreams of throwing a graduation hat into the sky come true for many high school seniors, it’s hard not to think back on who we were the day each of us traded in our cap and gown for a chance to face the world on our own.
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An Ode to Mom

As Mother’s Day approaches each year, we find that it gets more and more difficult to find the perfect gift for the woman who bandaged our scraped knees, kept out fevers down and dried our tears.
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Barack Obama's "former" pastor

This weekend’s ranting and raving by Barack Obama’s “former” pastor at the NAACP meeting in Detroit just underscores what the people of the United States have already learned about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright… that he is a racist, divisive bully of a man and that Obama has used seriously poor judgment in defending him, or supporting him, in any way.
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Making Compost Piles

I love to make compost piles. Compost enriches the earth far better then anything else because of the microorganisms involved. By piling up layers of organic materials, manure and soil, we are essentially growing beneficial bacteria, fungi and protozoa. When spread onto the fields, these helpers form soil humus and make sure the plants are healthy.
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…And Taxpayers Foot The Bill

Since 2001 the taxpayers of this country have had 19 million of their tax dollars poured into the Jimmy Carter Center at the hands of liberal Democrats and Republicans. And what has the former President Carter been doing?
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A Child's Magic

When we are children every cloud takes the form of a circus animal, every smooth rock or broken seashell we find is a collectors item and every scoop of sand or dirt is a another dig closer to finding buried treasure.
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Obama Walking On The Wrong Side

Obama is wakling on the wrong side of me when he slurs rural American's religion and guns.
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The Pope's visit

Ronald Reagan said the most frightening words you can ever hear are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
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What is the difference between organic and biodynamic?

Both are farming methods which contrast drastically with the conventional, chemical agriculture so common today.
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