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Two nights ago, just before dark, I discovered a big pile of loose dirt on the back side of the duck cage. Just next to the cage was a hole that led under and into the floor of the pen. Obviously, the chicken wire lining I had installed did not stop this critter. What worried me the most was the way the ducks acted. They did not want to go in. Even though supper (including Cheerios treats) awaited them in their small shelter, the web-footed birds avoided it like the duck-plague. Something had been in their home and terrorized them. more
If you are making less than $40,000 a year then you probably don’t care that single people making over $523,601 pay 37 percent of their income in federal taxes. Married people filing jointly … more
Serving our nation in uniform was one of the greatest honors of my life. It left me with countless experiences, lifelong friends, and lessons that I carry with me every day. It also provided me with … more
Steve was out in the Mule Barn parking lot the other day, tightening something with his wrenches under the hood of his pickup truck. The rest of us stood around, looking wise, and sipping … more
Cargo ships waiting to unload at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California could keep some of America’s store shelves bare for a while. These two ports handle the bulk of cargo coming from China. Cargo keeps coming from China, making the congestion craziness only worse. The dozens of ships floating in the pacific are carrying products that used to be some of America’s good paying jobs.  more
Times change. Inventors strive to make our lives easier by saving work or alleviating stress. Consider how technology has affected the ways we travel. I was in my fifties when I experienced my first airplane flight, not at all prepared for the turbulence or ear popping. more
Years passed. Our bicycles spent more time in the shed than on the road. Baseball practice, games and 4-H meetings replaced leisurely rides around the farm. Quite suddenly, there was a need for speed—and headlights. more
Alphonse Wilson here, jest celebratin’ a nice day with poetry. Yessir. I thought I’d do some poetry today just to see if you’re in the mood. Well, if you ain’t in the mood, I guess you could go fix a cup of coffee or something and wait for me to finish, but that would hurt my feelin’s exponential-like and you’re not the kind of person to do that, are ya? more
Steady cash flow comes from steady work. If you want money you have to do something that produces money. more
You have to know Bert really well before he’ll share his secret with you, but if he does, it’s as though he’s revealed the reason for life and sunshine and the main reason our dogs think we’re smart. more
It happens to every one of us at one time or another. We travel along comfortably and everything seems fine. Then, suddenly our life journey takes a curve so sharp that we feel like we’ve been flung off the road. The pain of sadness is so great that we want to crawl into a corner and cry. We long to do a life reset, to go back to the way things were a week, a month, or a year ago. We forget all about putting on the big boots. more
Concerning the topic of the ARPA funding, this is what we now know: The Board of Supervisors knew of the Federal allocation of money in May 2021; the total amount the county received was … more
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