Oh, the irony!

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When ZimmComm gave me the creative liberty back in 2010 to write a weekly column on AgWired, I began to brainstorm ideas for a “category title” for my posts. I knew I wanted it to be about agriculture and the life of a farm girl, back on the farm. That day, I took a walk … and thus the brainchild …

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Unforeseen Surprises

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Paperwork. Files. Back up your computer. Organize. Folders. Record retention. Any of these things sounding familiar? It’s what we all do – we keep things around, just in case if we need them again in the future. As I was doing that a couple of weeks ago – digging back through old files to repurpose something for a #TBT (throw-back-Thursday) …

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“Oh, The Places You’ve Been, And The Places You’ll Go!”

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Today Aunt Jeanette writes: Future Farmers of America, Fantastic Future of America, Finest Folks Around, Fabulous Fun-loving All-Around Students – whatever you would like the acronym to stand for, the bottom line is that this group of Future Farmers of America is a reason to celebrate! Sandy Creek is a small Class C-2 school located in south central Nebraska. Students …

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The Old Picnic Grounds

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Every place has a story. Where I live now, you can find graves in the pasture marked by just a single wooden post surrounded by a pile of rocks. It’s said there are actual dinosaur bones entrenched in one of the beaches of the lake. There’s a hill of chalk rock where generations of families, lovers and children have carved …

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For Whom the School Bell Tolls

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Families seem to have themes. What I mean by that is some people relish in old barns, and pass that love along to the next generation. Some families are “born into” being a police officer, a fire fighter or a doctor. For my family, I’d say it’s teaching. As you may or may not know, my Aunt Jeanette taught 3rd …

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Riding Out The Storm

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For anyone who has ever lived in the country, you know what an old storm cellar looks like and may have spent an hour or two huddled in one, waiting out a tornado. The house we lived in when I was born, and the house my brother lived in when he first got married, both had storm cellars. As kids, …

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Where The Deer And The Antelope Play

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Today Aunt Jeanette writes: Dan and I have spent a good share of September traveling. Our adventure at the beginning of the month took us to Baltimore, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. We had a fantastic time enjoying seafood, watching a Nationals baseball game, touring the battlefields of Gettysburg, experiencing the National Aquarium, and visiting Fort McHenry, where preparations were underway …

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Write it down!

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From the time I learned how to hold my pencil, I’ve always enjoyed writing. I remember dad taking me with him to work a lot of Saturday mornings, even though he didn’t believe farm work was for little girls. But I stayed out of his hair by making mud pies, catching critters, climbing grain bins and sitting in the hay …

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Home Grown

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons (not that I have many to choose from!) for a number of reasons. I enjoy sitting in my new rocking chair on the front porch at dusk, watching for deer and turkey to walk through the yard. I love going to the lake and letting the kids play on the beach. I love …

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