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Just Being Neighborly

As I sat on my sofa with a newspaper on my lap I realized that I had forgotten a very important aid, my reading glasses.  I find that as I approach the anniversary of my seventh decade taking up space … Continue reading

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Ginger and Hard Oil

The Burkholder family, all seven of them moved from Pittsburg, Kansas, to Eureka, Illinois and eventually to southwest Missouri. As the family prepared to relocate they proved to be proficient movers as they gathered up all their worldly possessions. Clothes … Continue reading

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Aluminum Homes and the Fuzzy Duck

As I have spent most of my life as that of a city dweller, I now find that I have acquired the most compelling interest in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks region. I am fascinated with stories of the people who … Continue reading

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I Remember You Well

I swear, the people one meets when least expected. Call it coincidence, fate or just plain random good fortune but I seem to occasionally meet folks who bring back the fondest of memories. Whether these encounters are with new acquaintances … Continue reading

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You Must Have Loved Her Very Much

The class was comprised mainly of high school sophomores as I recall.  Young girls and boys who loved to talk and as I was a substitute, there was that challenge of seeing how much they could get away with.  I … Continue reading

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Larry’s Go-Cart

The year was 1951 and the place was the small Southwest Missouri Ozark town of Noel.  The town of 900 or so people was a quiet, sleepy hamlet during the cold winter months but when the warm summer days arrived … Continue reading

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I Don’t Swim Anymore

I don’t often eat at one of the much advertised fast food restaurants but not more than a week or so ago I found myself enticed by one of those better than life commercials.  How could one satisfy their appetite … Continue reading

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