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Rutledge Renegades

   Allan Good brought his mother Anna to Zimmerman’s to celebrate her 90th birthday. (She is also Lena Mae Horning’s Aunt.) Several sang Happy Birthday. Paul Zimmerman Jr. took his mother Lydia to Macon.    I received phone call from Emery Bunting saying someone had given him a copy of Rutledge Renegades where I had…

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Reflections and Inspirations

Regrets and Apologies    Regret is that miserable awareness that you have done something you cannot reverse.  Last week, Chester decided that he was going to build a fire and sit outside to enjoy the quiet evening.  He invited me to join him. The air was crisp, the fire was hot and I was tired…

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On the Brighter Side

The Early Bird    “The early bird gets the worm.”  Really?  well not always.    It was a beautiful October day with that clear blue sky and the fall colors shining in the trees in the surrounding timber lands.  We watched a cottontail rabbit hopping down a soybean row a few years ago while we…

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The Edina I Knew

Little Ole Ladies    It’s amazing just how many sweet little ole ladies bless your life in 90 years.    The first little ole lady in my life was my godmother, Fannie Lingenfelter. Yup, she thought I was special, even gave me part of her name. She was also my mother’s best friend.  Then, the…

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On the Brighter Side

Remembering  the  Soaps    “Rinso White, Rinso Bright!  Happy Little Washday Song”    It was time to tune in the radio for an afternoon of soap operas.  Mothers were at home in those days and the soaps offered a distraction during their very full days.  A little saying described a mother’s life:  “Man may work…

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News From Dancing Rabbit

Life Tastes Good    Ted here with the latest from Dancing Rabbit ecovillage. It is harvest time, and with all the cool, clear days and nights right now, it feels like it. Honey locust leaves fall steadily, and other leaves will soon start turning, but in the garden, we’re still bringing in harvests of summer…

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The Edina I Knew

Losing Old Friends       A Friend might be defined in more ways than one. That to include people, pets, even buildings that were part of our lives. I was just thinking about some of the buildings that were part of my childhood, which no longer exist.    Let me start with the big barn…

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Rutledge Renegades

Sympathy to family & friends of Lonnie Triplett.    Thomas & Raechel Teeters of Hickory, NC came for a week visiting his uncle Bob & Dorothy Hunolt.    Faye Walker’s daughter, Jane Halfetry was visiting her in Ft. Madison, IA for 3 weeks.  Then her husband Owen joined her and they all went to visit…

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Reflections and Inspirations

Which Way to Walk    Saturday morning, as I was walking around the Baring lake, I met a young lady walking the opposite direction.  I jokingly said to her, “I would walk with you, but you are going the wrong way!”  We laughed, then, we each walked our differing ways.  I had made the comment…

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The Edina I Knew

Fella’s Four    The winter of 1947/48 breaks brutally cold.    It would happen that Williams Bros were laying a 20-inch pipeline from Moberly, MO to the state of Iowa. They headquartered in the big barn at 4th and Morgan streets.  The federal wage was established at 35 cents an hour for labor. But the…

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