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Year after year, as the days shorten and the air chills, a ritual unfolds in many a living room: the annual viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life." This year, I found myself a bit behind schedule, but the moment I settled in to watch, time fell away. Suddenly, I was a child again, back in the 90s, eagerly awaiting the familiar black and white images to flicker across the screen on network TV, an annual tradition as expected as the carols and the tree. more
Editor’s note: This column was first published Dec. 19, 2017. more
And “Whoomp, there it is,” to quote the Tag Team song from the ’90s.   more
Dear Readers, more
It’s less than two weeks before Christmas Day, and our children’s Christmas books as well as adult Christmas novels and movies are being checked out as quickly as we get them in! A good selection of Christmas books and movies can be found on the endcap displays throughout the library. more
We’ll be going into winter soon, Dec. 21 — maybe sooner if Mother Nature gets impatient. more
This story came from a 98-year-old lady from my church, Ginny. I interviewed Ginny in the nursing home about her favorite Christmas for a booklet we were making. She explained that she was from a large family who never had much, so their Christmases were very simple. Some years were better than others with candy and small gifts. Other years there were no presents for anyone. more
Sam Walton began his business ventures in a Ben Franklin store in Newport, Arkansas and after failing to renew the lease, he was forced out and wound up in Bentonville, Arkansas where it became Walton’s 5 & 10 (cents). Out of that humble beginning Walmart has become a retail giant empire spread through-out the world. more
Alright, let's get real for a second. Have you ever caught yourself doing something totally random when you're stressed out? I have. And it's weirdly specific: I whistle "Swinging On A Star." Yeah, that old Bing Crosby tune. Why? I haven't the foggiest. It's not even in my top 100 Spotify jams. But when the stress hits, my lips just start doing their thing. more
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I’ve learned a lot about farming in my 75 years, but most of it I’ve forgotten within the last 10. more
The cheapest things in grocery stores are bananas. Sue and I buy them when they are a little green. They are perishable and the retailers have to keep them moving. Anyway they are a bargain. more
My days off from the library are always crazy busy, but this week included a trip to the veterinarian’s office that I hadn’t counted on. more
How many people remember driving down the road and seeing a train going on tracks alongside of your car? Back before kids could watch their laptops and play games on them, just about anything out of the ordinary was interesting. Especially trains. How many engines did it have? Did it have passenger cars? Cars that haul automobiles? Was it carrying big machinery or loads of coal? But the real excitement came at the end of the train- the little red caboose! more
Let's talk about something that's probably a part of all our lives but doesn't get enough spotlight - comfort movies. You know, those films we keep returning to, like a favorite sweater or a trusted old friend. For me, that movie is "Apollo 13." And here's the kicker: it's not even what I'd call my favorite movie. It's just... special. more
Missouri Farm Bureau’s 109th annual meeting runs this Sunday through next Tuesday, following a special meeting for County Farm Bureau Presidents today. Our annual meeting is full of tried-and-true traditions. more
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