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At The Fencepost: April 25, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

I tried and tried, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I had planned to take down the Christmas tree over the weekend. I warned my daughter ahead of time:

“Now when you come back, the tree’s going to be down.”

“But you said we wouldn’t take down the tree until we move!”

“I don’t want to leave it to the last minute,” I replied stoically.  Then, more honestly, “Plus, it’s going to be sad for me and I want my last night here to be happy, not sad.”

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The Sportsman’s World: April 21, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Sweet Thing and I made it back on Wednesday after an uneventful trip – just the way we like it.

One of the first things that I did was to take the hollow Bufflehead decoy that I carved in Florida out to Tom Duger for the Wild Turkey Federation banquet next week.

It’s an attractive drake, actual size, and hand carved as a premium hunting decoy. I plan to do several more of them in the next two months.

Most of Wednesday afternoon and evening were filled with unpacking and starting to get things put away, but we hit the hay early.

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: April 21, 2012

Roy Hodge

by Roy Hodge

I was in the seventh grade at Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in Syracuse when word was spreading that the world was going to end on a particular day that was coming up soon. Whoever was spreading the news even gave us a time: 11 a.m. I don’t know if it was Eastern time, Pacific time, daylight savings time, Howdy Doody time, or what.

Other than that, the bearers of the grim news didn’t furnish details – not any that I remembered anyway. I did know that I was supposed to be in Mr. McLaughlin’s study hall at 11 a.m. on that day. Mr. McLaughlin was a mechanical arts teacher, which translated to the fact that he taught shop.

I liked Mr. McLaughlin. He was a nice man, and besides being a teacher, he lived in my neighborhood, was very friendly and was generous to the neighborhood kids at Halloween.

In shop, he taught me to make a scissors holder and even though I thought it looked like a block of wood with a hole in it my grandmother let it hang on a wall in her kitchen for 20 years.

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Jerry’s Journal: April 14, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

A fire! Oh, no! It might be Lynn and Dennis’ house on fire and somebody might still be in it! The phone call had said as much.

My heart pounded as Ed and I grabbed our coats that bitter cold January day only to quickly realized we couldn’t get anywhere near the raging fire on County Route 85 where they lived because the road would be blocked off.

So we paced the floor and anxiously waited by the phone to hear from somebody — anybody — to let us know what was going on.

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Roy Hodge

Hodgepodge: April 14, 2012

by Roy Hodge

Remember this?

If you don’t recall the following information from when I ran it by you for the first time 19 or 20 years ago, I’m performing a public service by giving you the opportunity to read it now.

The April 13, 1993 Fulton Patriot column, like this one, was written just after Easter and included the following:

“Appropriately enough, this week is ‘Egg Salad Week,’ which the sponsor, The American Egg Board, says is dedicated to the many delicious uses of hard boiled Easter eggs.

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Karen Abbott

At The Fencepost: April 11, 2012

Karen Abbott

by Karen Abbott

My daughter is a big fan of mud puddles.

When she was little, she would pray for rain so she could go outside and splash in the puddles.

Growing up hasn’t changed her playfulness any. A few weeks ago we had a drenching rain shower in the night. I had to work the next day.

When I got home, she showed me the sizable puddle where she’d splashed and played while I was gone. It was cute, but I didn’t think much more about it right then.

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Light In The Darkness: April 11, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands and they were shouting with a mighty shout,  “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” — Revelation 7:9-10

It is a joyous crowd and an amazing display of the mercy and grace of God…a wonderfully astounding sight like nothing else in the history of the world.

It is a sight that will cause, “all the angels to fall before the throne with their faces to the ground, worshipping God and singing, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor  and power and strength belong to our God  forever and ever! Amen’.”

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