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Have a plan…

It’s time to weed, clean, feed, trim, save egg shells for slugs, make different "sauces", buy seeds, check garden equipment. However it's also time to investigate the new tools at the garden centers, Home Depot, Menards, Wojo's, Campbell’s, American Tree, and don't...

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Something bright

The past several years, my husband and I would shake our heads in disbelief as we read or watched another news report of a man claiming to be a woman to compete in a woman's sport. "I'm glad we raised our girls when we did," Mel would say. "Men seem to have lost the...

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High expectations for 1966 team

In August 1966, the members of the 1966 Almont varsity football team assembled to get their equipment, playbooks and practice schedules. As a group they expected to have a very good season. Two years before, while together on the junior varsity, these young men had a...

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Never enough trees and shrubs

Conditions seemed favorable May 30, 2015, for planting trees and shrubs on our property: pleasant weather, an agreeable team of husband and wife, and a Dingo post hole digger with loader waiting for us at Romeo Rental. The day before, we'd placed our new acquisitions...

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First and seventy!

In August of 1964, 36 young men came out for the Almont junior varsity football Team, which was being coached by Ag teacher, George Pattullo. Coach Pattullo had no experience with coaching football but took the approach that the most physically fit team would prevail...

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Outnumbered by dogs

A neighbor, the son of a good friend, called several weeks ago. "Iris, my family would like to invite you to join us for lunch at Buddy's Pizza the Saturday before Easter day." So, Saturday, March 30, my neighbor arrived at 12:15 p.m. for our drive south to Buddy's....

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We all have pet peeves…

DO YOU HAVE A PET PEEVE? EVERYONE DOES...how about the idiot who leaves the seat up on the toilet in the middle of the night, or the person who parks so close to your car you can’t get out the door without banging his, (which at this point you want to do badly), or...

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Pondering the pull of the full Moon

Moonlight lit the snowy landscape as I walked downhill to the henhouse. Compelled by its glow, I paused, leaned on my ski pole, and lifted my face to another blooming full moon. The remarkably cold, still, March night settled into my bones. I prayed never to forget...

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Bird sightings rite of spring

I gather that spring is approaching. I’m not the most observant man, but as the days go by the signs of spring begin to multiply—no snow for starters. Spring then is upon us. And there is something about the sun being a little warmer and the days a little longer that...

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The mating season

The signs and sounds of the mating season surround the house. The raucous robins claim the fen beside my little camper, Happy, for their annual convention to proclaim their mate and nesting place. This the robins convened long before my husband and I stepped foot on...

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