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The winds of change blow gently

Food For Thought

Eleanor and I talked about just about everything on those slow walks home from school. Even though it was only three blocks from school to her house, it could take us as long as a half hour, as we sometimes became so absorbed in what we were talking about we stopped walking and poured all our attention into the subject at hand. We compared likes and dislikes, attitudes and opinions. She thought she might join the Girl Scouts. I didn’t like the idea of uniforms and regular meetings and having to fill a bunch of requirements to earn a little badge to sew on my uniform.

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A special teacher

Foot For Thought

I think second grade was the best year of my elementary school career. To my mind, Miss McDowel was the best teacher in the school. Every year, my uncles asked me the same two questions about school: Did I have a boyfriend? And, was my teacher pretty?

Skinny dipping with the devil

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For proof of God’s existence, I need only to look into the waters of the pond we dug on our land near Solon.
Last fall, the spot was an ugly 15-foot (at its deepest), 3/4-acre hole in the ground.
Then it rained, and rained again, in the spring. By the end of March, it filled up. By the end of April, I began seeing frogs and turtles. It wasn’t just a few, but an entire legion of the critters, especially the frogs.

The girl with the leg brace

Food For Thought

Eleanor didn’t come to my attention until first grade. There were two half-day kindergarten classes each day, and attending kindergarten was not required at the time. As she would have been recovering from a bout with polio, she could have been in the morning class while I was in the afternoon one, or not enrolled in kindergarten at all.

One simple rule

Walkin'

When I first mentioned we joined the church across the street, several of our friends were fairly astonished.
I guess this is because I am, by nature, a fairly irreverent person.
I like to drink alcoholic beverages, for example, sometimes to the point of being howling at the moon drunk. I also smoke cigars occasionally and swear frequently. I make up stories about selling pot and amassing fortunes.

The new best friend

Food For Thought

It seems with my own children, as well as for those of my generation, the first five or six years of school involve the discovery and cultivation of a new best friend nearly every school year. By junior high and high school, friendships tend to be deeper and longer lasting, but it is a rare thing when those first early relationships survive for another year. The reasons for this may be as simple as the seating arrangement in the new classroom when school starts each fall, or as subtle as a crooked smile, a purple backpack, or a bandaged knee.

The old FSL stink eye

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I got especially nervous after we joined the church across thover added an exponential component and she cleaned for two solid weeks.
“Poor Pearl is stuck in her kennel for 10 days,” Sabra said into the phone as I walked into the kitchen.

The back-to-school-sale

Food For Thought

As I look at all the things advertised as necessary for the coming school year, I remember the simple list of supplies needed for school during the 1940s when I was in elementary school. Up until third grade, about all that was required could be bought for under a dollar. A box of at least 16 crayons, two No. 2 pencils with erasers, and a tablet of lined paper.

Pommes de terre

Food For Thought

“One potato, two potato, three potato, four, five potato, six potato, seven potato more. One, two, three means out goes HE.” I haven’t heard kids chanting that counting-out verse for years, but it popped into my mind after my friend Madeline suggested that I write about potato salad. And that started me thinking about some of the things we know about and do with potatoes– as well as all the different ways we enjoy eating them.

Minding the gun business

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Before telling you about my $7 million weapon-buying spree, I’d like to tell you about my relationship with guns.
As kids, my brothers and I got BB guns about the time we turned 12. Dad set up a shooting range in the garage using a thick moving pad as a backstop, and a two inch piece of pipe hanging from a string as the target. After a little practice, hitting the pipe on the first shot was simple; the challenge was hitting it again while it was swinging. Thanks to this head start, I fared well on the rifle range in the Army.

Which came first?

Food For Thought

The old conundrum regarding the chicken and the egg might be applied to poets and poetry, as well. The first poem ever composed had to come from the mind of a poet – after all, isn’t a person who writes poetry called a poet? Not that the original poem was ever written, for I expect it preceded written language by a very long time. I do wonder though, did it rhyme?

Coming clean

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As I was saying, the final impetus to remove the stack of drug money from my office closet came when we landed the new minister as the guest of honor at a small dinner party and I was afraid Sabra would uncover the stash in a cleaning frenzy.