The View From Here

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Today Aunt Jeanette writes: Several weeks ago Dan was at a board meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He sent a text to me while he was on the San Antonio River Walk. It was a gorgeous day there. Unfortunately, our weather had changed – it was cold and WINDY! As the texts went back and forth between us, he asked …

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I’m on the Top of the World

Melissa Sandfort

Today, Aunt Jeanette writes: Okay, I have to confess, I am not really the one looking down. I do not like high places. I don’t think I am afraid, but I would rather have my feet on the ground. The one exception is that I love to fly. I am entranced by the view from an airplane window. I would …

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Oh, the irony!

Melissa Sandfort

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

Melissa Sandfort

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!”

Melissa Sandfort

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

Melissa Sandfort

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

Melissa Sandfort

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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There’s a Hole in The Middle of The Road

Melissa Sandfort

This week Aunt Jeanette writes: When our three sons were just little boys, they had a cassette tape called “Silly Songs.” (Sorry guys. That might date you just a bit!) One of the songs was titled “There’s a Hole In The Bottom of the Sea.” It truly is a silly song and it seemed to go on forever and ever. …

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Riding Out The Storm

Melissa Sandfort

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

Melissa Sandfort

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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