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The 1955 American country song written by Jerry Reed starts, “If God is willing and the creek don’t rise …,” which was the song that played over and over in my head on Friday as a group of crazy women in purple and red hats made a pilgrimage to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. more
I’ll admit I’m not a Buffalo native. more
How many times have you heard that we should learn how to bottle up the energy of a 3-year-old, sell it and make a million dollars? I heard that statement many times while my children were little, and I heard it again recently about my youngest granddaughter. She runs and squeals, enjoying life in front of her.  more
I’m often asked about my work in hospice, which many people misunderstand if they’re aware of it at all. Like my colleagues, I’m passionate about my work, and we continuously try to help educate patients, families and other health care professionals about the benefits of hospice. more
From the time they were big enough to make their own beds, my girls always had rooms of their own. more
I just received the news that an old friend has left us for his eternal home. Many locals probably knew him. His name is Raymond Lowe. He was a kind, polite and caring individual who possessed a hardworking ethic and always tried to give 100 percent. Raymond and I have been friends for five decades. We weren’t soldiers together, but longtime co-workers in the trenches of hard labor. more
What would you do with $1,000 for your favorite charity? more
Farm Bureau hosts or promotes many noteworthy events throughout the year. Watching nearly 100 tractors cruise in a single file line along county roads in northwest Missouri is always a sight to see. Teeing it up at our annual golf outing that supports the great work of the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture inevitably brings a lot of laughs. Getting 1,500 members together for three days at the Lake of the Ozarks for our annual meeting provides time for camaraderie and hard work to shape our organization’s future. more
A couple weeks ago, I sat in my “mobile office” looking out the window after completing my morning farm chores. I paused to take in the beauty of the fresh snow that blanketed the ground. The pure white snow touched everything in sight. The ice crystals sat light as a feather on every strand of barbed wire and on every tree branch. Moments like that bring a sense of appreciation to reflect on the past and look forward.  more
I never truly appreciated as a boy the gift of living in the country. more
Texting is commonplace in today’s world. I get more texts than phone calls. At least today, the texts are part of my phone plan. When this phenomenon started, my teens paid a quarter for every text. more
I took a little trip the other day. One I have taken many times in my life. The difference now, is that I can only take it in my mind of memories. I’m talking about a visit to my past and my grandparents’ farm. more
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