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    A friend of mine, another newspaper guy, absolutely loves duck hunting. He is about ducks the way my dad was about geese, which was “plumb loc…

      "I never minded being the one mowing lakebeds and ditches and stray pieces of pasture where the grazing cattle had missed the grass in a few spots."

        When I should have been thinking about final exams in late spring, I found myself thinking about the summer ahead and the manual labor I’d fin…

          "I should leave fickle for fall and give spring its own word. How about capricious? That means “given to sudden and unaccountable changes of m…

            The cold snap earlier this month reminded me of the way my dad used to act like every factory in the whole world had stopped making new vehicl…

              "I probably shoveled as much snow that winter as I did corn in my entire life as a farm laborer."

                As a boy when I’d do some foolhardy thing that was particularly hard to explain, my dad would let out a deep sigh and mutter, “I swear I don’t…

                  "If we catch the stroke of midnight, it’s because we saw it on East Coast time on TV before turning in for the night."

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