Category Archives: relationships

Kindness

  Monday  morning I stopped @ our local gas station to fill up.  It was in the midst of the morning commute so when I walked in to pay, the  check out lines were 4 deep.  There was that quiet  … Continue reading

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Better is….

“Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding  on it.”  Solomon ______________________________________ I came across that proverb two weeks ago.   It continues to resonate and … Continue reading

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Meditation on a Moldy Bale of Hay

I noticed  some many of the potatoes in the heavy mulch (Ruth Stout method) garden plot were starting to sunburn two weeks ago. Sunburn= the potato skin turns green because they are too close to the surface. I’m running low … Continue reading

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Real Masculinity, According To Me

  “The hands of a brick layer, the mind of a scientist,  the heart of a poet.”  Epitaph of  Saumel J Kirkwood  former Governor of Iowa, and what I’m thinking of carving on my tombstone 😉 DM I’m probably going … Continue reading

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Dealing with a compulsive talker

I glanced out our kitchen window a week ago Saturday and froze.  A van with two people in the front. For a second, I wondered if it were  Jehovah’s Witnesses making a call , then I recognized who was in … Continue reading

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Keeping Order In My Private World

This past week  I found out  I got the bid on a project to construct 15 tables for a local bar. There is a May 15th completion date.  That work, in addition to 3 other construction jobs my crew has … Continue reading

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Roger And Elaine

Roger And Elaine Let’s say a guy named Roger is attracted to a woman named Elaine.  He asks her out to a movie.  She accepts.  They have a pretty good time.  A few nights later he asks her out to … Continue reading

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I am Ostfriesland

I Am Ostfriesland By DM I never  thought much about my  Low German roots until a few years ago when a friend of mine (who happens to be from Germany) explained to me the distinction between High  and Low German ( Plattdüütsch) High German is the language of … Continue reading

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Tree Therapy

“Doug, I was wondering if you had any more apples that needed picking….I really enjoyed doing that last weekend, it was so relaxing.”    Message on the answering machine from our friend Marilyn      Later when Marilyn did stop out, … Continue reading

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