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 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    December 2, 2021 

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Thanksgiving . . . As of late (the past 15 – 20 years) it seems there are people who consider Thanksgiving a holiday that should not be observed. Their contention seems to be we are celebrating the beginning of an era of bad treatment of the...

 

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Nov. 22, 1963 . . . the death of President John Kennedy. Seems we’ve had a bunch of funerals in Lawrence as of late. This past weekend and Monday two more women. Most folks alive today probably don’t remember 1963 as they were not born yet. I don...

 

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Have you been keeping track of the summer baseball programs like the one in Hastings that started just a few years back? They are called The Hastings Sodbusters. I know nothing of their organization and expectations, but there was a little note in...

 

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OK folks . . . now I’ve seen enough to really make me wonder. If you watch any TV at all, you have seen the Presidential motorcades going around Washington, D.C. A short parade of big, black autos with men to protect the president. Thursday...

 

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I mentioned earlier that I was reading a book about Harry Truman and I have now finished all 1,000 pages and greatly enjoyed the book. I learned a number of things I did not know about the man. In general, he was a much more of a liberal than what I...

 

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Decisions . . . Just when does it get done ? ? ? A lot of folks are making the decision to turn the furnace on at this time of year. With the temperatures dipping to the low 50s or 40s, or lower, I’ve heard a number of folks trying to decide if...

 

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Now I’ve heard it all . . . no, I’m sure something else will come up in the future to change that statement. What I’m talking about is the latest reason the U. S. government seems to be such a condition that many, many people have lost faith in...

 

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Puffs The more things change . . . the more they stay the same. I wasn’t sure how to begin this week as I just came across a couple of items from different sources I would like to tie together that might just help explain some activities of our...

 

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Educational . . . Reading, that is . . . Ya, I’ve always considered reading was a good way to get part of your education. Not the only way, but a good way. And, if you find something you enjoy, the education can be fun as well. I recently said I wa...

 

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Roadside flowers . . . Jerusalem Artichokes, (or whatever those sunflower looking flowers are), tall Blue Stem grass and Goldenrod . . . ya, it’s autumn regardless of what the calendar says. Roadside ditches have gotten a bad rap over the years....

 

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9-11 . . . If you watched TV at all this past week (especially Saturday, 9-11-2021) you were fully immersed in the commemoration of the Islamic extremists’ terror attack on the United States on 9-11-2001. That effort to inflict terror on U. S....

 

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I enjoy passing on quotes from folks that seem to make sense and may even help explain some of our toil here on mother earth. Usually, it is from a well-known person and for either good or bad may help us. C. S. Lewis was a well-known writer of the...

 

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I have often spoken of my love for sports, High school sports especially. Last Friday night’s game with High Plains is one of the reasons. Sixty minutes of football and the score is only one point difference. The game has all the excitement...

 

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The renewed pandemic of COVID-19 has many, many people upset, and I understand it. More tests, more vaccines, more masks ? ? ? Well folks, we have an answer if you are among those worried and upset. And . . . this came direct from that great state of...

 

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Blue . . . Whatever happened to the color of the sky . . . blue? ? ? You know, as in the old beer commercial . . . “the land of Sky Blue Waters.” This past weekend seemed to be the first time our sky here in southcentral Nebraska has been blue....

 

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With school starting soon, or maybe already has started, I’m going to share a couple of comments that my sister-in-law recently shared with me. * Teacher: How old is your father? Kid: He is six years old. Teacher: How is this possible? Kid: He...

 

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August . . . Always a special month to me as birthdays abound; wedding anniversaries seem abundant, and . . . football season gets all that much closer. I learned from the comic section of today’s paper that in August there are no national...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 29, 2021

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“Doctor’s Advice . . .” Seems most of us around my general age range grew up with a respect for doctor’s advice. We were constantly told the doctor was the expert and knew more than we did. I suspect that is true in many, if not most, cases....

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    History    July 29, 2021

What ever happened to the annual Wheat Harvest ? ? ?

Many of us here in rural Nebraska remember wheat harvest. It was usually about a two week period that came around the first week or two of July . . . each and every year. Everyone on the farm and often people from the towns were involved in the...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 22, 2021

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Gosh, last week I had a number of items I was thinking about for this space. However, I did make a note of them and have seemed to have forgotten most of them by Monday morning. So, I think I’ll cover several items without any particular system in...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 15, 2021

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I didn’t plan on writing about golf this week, but I played in the “Over 50” golf tournament Sunday at the Lawrence Country Club. That provided the incentive for some of the following observations: * I probably don’t take the game seriously...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 8, 2021

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Very interesting . . . At least to me. On occasion I do get contacted about some things I have written about. I hope you don’t think I’m boasting, but most of the time people let me know they enjoy what I’ve written. Some of the time I have...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    July 1, 2021

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“Operation Rescue” is a Pro-Life organization from Wichita, Kan. This week I’m going to use information directly from one of their writers, Cheryl Sullenger, to talk about elections. It may seem strange to talk ‘elections’ here almost two...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 24, 2021

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Reading . . . writing . . . arithmetic . . . For years the basic blocks of a good education, knowledge and wisdom. I’m not sure I possess much of those three blocks, but, I’ve been called a blockhead a number of times, so maybe I’m working my...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    June 17, 2021

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It’s interesting . . It seems that more and more information about the national media’s negative allegations about President Trump are being proven untrue. However, we rarely see or hear retractions by the national media concerning their...

 

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