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2 Cents Worth

Wow! what a wonderful week I have had, thank you for all the birthday cards, the calls, and I told Joe for the first time I got birthday song at church had to reach the year 82, to get that song but it was great, thanks to all of you for the prayers you have sent our way, it was appreciated. Joe and I have been working all week getting ready to go to Kentucky and then on to Virginia, to see his brother in Virginia who is 95, then all his friends and kinfolks in Wingo, Kentucky. We will make the trip to Virginia after we rest a few days in Wingo, get the house opened there and sure everything is working okay. I'll tell you what it's a job to keep two households going,

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Faces & Places BY MEG GRUBEN

“That person who enters your life out of nowhere and suddenly means the world to you.” ~ A.R. Asher

He had a one-year prepaid subscription to eHarmony.com , and I had a 30-day free trial offer. All I wanted was a pen-pal, so I chose five states a long way from Washington State so I could feel safe: Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

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Reprise: Pride and Community

About this time last year, I wrote an essay that tried to define the concept of “community pride.” I found that we talk a lot about “community pride” but simple, straightforward definitions of the phrase are hard to come by. After working through various discussions of community pride and the definitions of “community” and “pride,” I proposed the following definition of “community pride”:

A collective group of people’s dignity in, and satisfaction with, objects of importance and meaning to their group.”

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Faces & Places

"To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ."~ Bernhard Langer

I wanted to send an Easter card to each of you, but too much to write in such a small space as on a greeting card. God has written the message of the resurrection on each new leaf in the spring and each flower petal.

The earth comes alive again in the spring. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, we are reminded that He was and is the Son of God and has power over death.

He comes to us in our suffering: feels our loneliness, pain, struggle, shame and despair and loves us too much to leave us alone.

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A Modern Day Railroad

Do you ever log on to your home internet service, only to be frustrated by how long it takes to load a website, download a song, or stream a movie/tv show? As you wait on your internet to buffer, you wonder why you’re paying for “high speed” DSL that’s akin to 1990s dial-up internet. That’s assuming you DID get DSL service and you weren’t told it was “unavailable” in your service area.

As I think about how to bring back our homecomers and attract new businesses and residents, I continually think about our internet problem. Last week, I told you about a USDA-funded research paper by Dr. Christiane von Reichert from the University of Montana. She recommended that rural communities invest in things that help attract young families and pointed to high-speed internet, among other things. With better internet access, a community can attract self-employed and remote workers, creating more jobs without waiting for a major employer to move to town.

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Faces & Places

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” ~ Reba McIntire

Some people want to ride a camel across the desert, or ride in a hot air balloon or go diving in a shark cage, but those things don’t appeal to me. My heart has been set on doing something far more dangerous than any of those.

I’m talking about spending an hour or two at Wally-World, dodging the crowd, reading labels, and sorting out coupons to save a dollar. My feet hurting and my back tired, waiting for the biggest challenge of the day: figuring out how I’m going to survive the exit ritual, otherwise known as the rite of passage for so-called, valued customers. If we make it through, we can go on with our lives.

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2 Cents Worth

What a beautiful day April 8, 2019, is, the sun is shinning the wind is not blowing a gale, and it's just a wonderful day. Joe got his garden planted, he dug him a tomato bed on the east side the house, put a little dike all around it to hold the water, and him four tomato plants, one beef master, one early girl, one celebrity, and one of those yellow pear tomatoes. I told him if they make we will have enough for all the neighbors!!!!!! Then we went to Rotan to Martin's Feed and Garden and got him some more onion plants, his that he put out early just flat died, and unless it was just too cold on them I don't know why they did. Mother always put hers out early in February and they made huge onions every time, but this year they just flat died.

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2 Cents Worth who asked for this cold

Okay who asked for this cold north wind to start blowing again? It's so cold outside and I'm miserable! Hope this is our Easter spell and it stays warm from now on. When I came in the house yesterday I told Joe I'm covering up my flower they say it's going to be 35 but that is sure close to 32.

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Faces & Places

“Recognize the humanity of other people, and respect their dignity.” ~ Anonymous

It’s been a hard week with more than normal challenges. Like an unruly toddler, my laptop threw a fit. It knows I’m afraid of it because I don’t know much about computers, and then there’s the dysfunctional family thing that I don’t know how to fix.

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Brain Drains and Gains

Essays from West of 98

Last week, I introduced the concept of the “homecomer”—author Wendell Berry’s term for someone who left rural America seeking a “better” life but then found that the real better life was back home all along. This week, I want to share why it matters, and who those homecomers might be, in each of our towns.

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