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I don’t remember a time when we did not have a television in our home as I grew up. The black and white Zenith sat next to the roll-top desk in the living room and often provided night-time entertainment for the family. more
“If cats don’t go to heaven, then I don’t want to go either!” I boldly announced to the young pastor at my first year confirmation class. Two summers ago I related this statement from my youth to three close friends as we sat around my sunroom table, while my cat Elsa rubbed tortoiseshell hairs on every leg and basked in the extra head rubs and ear scratches. “Of course they go to heaven,” asserted one of the ladies. She smiled softly and added, “They give us a taste of heaven on earth.” more
I didn’t send my young children to school that day, though the two who were old enough to attend school were ready and even excited for the day ahead of them. I got a phone call as I was … more
Discovering the origins of COVID-19 is about preventing another pandemic. Maybe Communist China can’t be forced to tell the truth, but Congress must compel the National Institutes of Health and … more
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called on President Biden to promptly appoint qualified individuals to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the role of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. more
Sweet transition from the heat, from the work, from the hard, rough edges of life. On we go now to autumn, to black, lacy leaves and twigs standing out against an orange sky. The mornings now have that coolness, that chill that tells us we once again have made it through the heat and toil and can sit back now and then and reflect on things. more
They have the power to tell love stories, fuse friendships and end wars. They can convey profound thanks, apology or heartrending regret. They can alter history. Words written on paper by a human hand---letters. more
Democrats want to dismantle a century-old tax law that has protected American agriculture. more
“They work hard,” Mom said. “They need a good meal to keep them going.” It was called dinner then and was the biggest meal of the day on our farm. Mom and her daughters prepared a “meat and potatoes” spread every day. She was adamant that the men be washed up and at the table at noon. After all, it would not do to serve watery potatoes or dry roast beef. more
Afghanistan has guns but they are in the hands of the wrong people. more
A humanitarian crisis. A national security crisis. A public health crisis. That’s the reality at our southern border. We’re nearly seven months into the Biden Administration, and they are refusing to step up and take action. more
I couldn’t find him anywhere! Mom had sent me outside to find Dad. He was not in the barn. He was not in the shop. I headed to the Quonset. The farm machines were parked neatly in their places along the walls. Only the John Deere Model 65 pull-behind combine had been hauled from its usual spot to the middle of the massive shed. more
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