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 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    April 15, 2021 

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Education . . . I haven’t been to a commencement program at a university for some time now, but I was reminded the other day of one of the things that stood out at each university graduation ceremony. Besides the graduate, of course. That was readi...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    April 8, 2021

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Progress . . . The dictionary says the word means “to move forward, to develop to a higher, better, or more advance stage.” Sounds simple enough. The word has historically been applied to material things. For example the average automobile today...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    April 1, 2021

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Not too long ago I wrote a little about my recent experiences with tumbleweeds and polio. This past week I received a short note from a woman who lives in Edgar regarding these subjects of interest. Concerning tumbleweeds, she says: “My memory on...

 

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Living in a ‘rural’ area of the United States, I suspect that many of us receive our National news from our TV. TV is not all bad, but it certainly is not all good either. I know of individuals who do not have a TV in their homes. Over the past...

 

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Living in a ‘rural’ area of the United States, I suspect many of us receive our National news from our TV. We are not forced to be instantly informed and ‘live’ in a society and work place where the national news is the primary source of...

 

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Somewhere in the Bible there is a line that says: “Nothing new under the sun.” I believe that whole heartedly. However, there are many things that sure seem “new” to me. But that is my own shortfall, not something wrong with the statement....

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    March 4, 2021

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Progress . . . Everyone wants progress in the traditional meaning of the word. The dictionary defines the word as “to move forward or to develop to a higher, better or more advanced stage.” Gosh, I’m sure we all want that. How-so-ever . . . I j...

 

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Memories . . . Not all memories are great, but for the most part, it seems we remember the “good memories” more than other memories. (Or even the good things about bad events.) I don’t know if that is true or not, but I’ll go with it as that...

 

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I suspect that most of you have heard the old phrase: "When Hell Freezes Over." Well folks, I think in this February of 2021 . . . we've gotten there. Yes folks, there is a "Hell" on this earth. The t...

 

Puffs from the Locomotive

I read a book several years back entitled How The Irish Saved Civilization. It basically detailed how books and education were being destroyed in Europe back in the Middle Ages. As different group of people conquered different areas, books were...

 

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This time of the year it seems that I read a lot more about children. Especially, about unborn children and it’s usually because so many people commemorate the date of Jan. 22, 1973, with sorrow and prayer and hope. That was the date the U. S. Supr...

 

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I'd like to report I got shot Monday . . . but I'm doing just fine. The same happened to Nancy and she is doing just fine as well. You see, with all the talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and the "who,...

 

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Puffs Tommy Lasorda . . . I suspect that unless you’re a baseball fan of a certain age, you are not familiar with the name. However, I can remember his name very well and remember him as the coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a member of the...

 

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Puffs 2020 . . . The year will not be the first, nor the last, to be cursed, and blessed. (I’m afraid from the current generations, more cursing than blessings.) However, we do move on and many of us will remember 2020 as the year of the battle ....

 

Lady Raiders exit 2020 on a down note

It is not unusual for the Lady Raiders to play surrounding school two or three times in a basketball season. Well, to make an effort to eliminate a little of that, L-N accepted an invitation to a...

 

Raiders lose-win in Holiday Tournament

A good old Nebraska ice and snow storm delayed the starting of the Hershey, Nebraska Holiday Basketball Tournament last week. However, the long trip west did happen on Wednesday and the L-N boys made...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 30, 2020

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Puffs Isolation . . . Vindication . . . Let’s face it folks, we who live in rural America are isolated to some extent from all that is going on in the more urban areas of America. For the most part we don’t have protests (peaceful or...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 23, 2020

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What does the current COVID-19 Pandemic have in common with the Spanish Flu of 1918 ? ? ? Other than the obvious illness and death common to all a person has to get down to a personal level. To me that involves family. One hundred and two years ago...

 

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April can be such an enjoyable month. Mother Nature offers such nice days to enjoy after the hardships of winter. I truly enjoy all of them. However, maybe it’s just because we’re all told to stay inside and be happy that I’ve noticed a lot of...

 

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