What ever happened to Mrs. E. T. Wright?

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On Sunday my aunt Reba would remind my uncle Richard (who never went to church), to drive the 35 miles to fetch his Mother for Sunday Dinner.  My uncle was a true gentleman who fetched his Mamma quietly and without comment.  He always greeted her with “Mornin’ Mamma, ’bout ready to go?” “Now, Richard you know better than to rush me …

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I thought I was taking a vacation

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You must remember  that we live and continue working on our farm — hard and constant work for over four years.  I had just gotten to the point of seeing the hardest work, you know, working with concrete and shoveling and hauling, at an end.  Just then my wife decides we should “visit” our daughter for a few days. Off we go for the cross-country drive …

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One of a Dog’s Worst Enemies

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Two of life’s greatest pleasures in the garden are flowers and the family dogs, in this case “Franklin Dog” — the clematis-chewing, vine destroying dog.  One cannot choose one or the other, since we love both the dog and the clematis. Our first solution had been a wire cage around the clematis.  That was unwieldy, unsightly and removable by the dog of strong skills …

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Why is the garbage always in my car?

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We live on a small farm out from town.  It seems inevitable that when I am in my biggest rush to get into town — a surprise, the trash, the smelly version thereof, always ends up in my truck. “Oh, dear, did You see the trash?” ” No, but I  smelled it!” I muttered under my breath. P.S.  As for the …

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Franklin goes hunting

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My wife had gone to Denver to help our daughter . . .  and to get a rest from the demands of the farm and Franklin-Dog. As she left, I said, “Don’t worry, the guys (Franklin, Dennis the Kat and I) will have everything under control . . a little extra work but we are guys, we can handle anything!”  . …

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Doing something different makes for doing things better

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I am a writer, love what I do, but invariably find that short times away throughout the day make the result more interesting, less error-prone, more satisfying.  When those moments of sleepy indifference arrive I head to the garden, cook something, enjoy the idiosyncrasies of my animal friends —  then return to my form of writing, creating with new energy and …

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A community still asking ,”Why?”

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I am a faintly-religious, non-dogmatic person always on the lookout looking for compatible fellow travelers — those imbued with knowledge mixed with goodness and kindness.  On the recommendation of a friend my wife and I once walked into a small church in Denver where she thought we would find an intriguing mix of people on an intellectual/spiritual search, including quite a …

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Protecting man’s best friend from man

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Over a lifetime of great animal friends, Morgan (my Irish Wolfhound “witch” as I deservedly called her) had some of the finest genes: to stalk, run and hunt, that I have ever seen.  God, I was proud of that dog. On the funny side, we decided early in her life she needed a companion to replace one who had died, …

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Franklin knows who he is!

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After two more weeks of experimentation, he has decided that he is indeed a “sheep-watching” dog, a “Bordador” or Border Collie-Labrador mix.  He slips through the rail gate into the pasture two or three times a day.  He hangs around, watching, sniffing and checking for fox or squirrel traces, lying in the sun near the sheep. One day, however, it …

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Franklin experimenting

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Franklin is irresistibly attracted to the sheep and lambs.  He sits and watches them from the deck with intense interest. He is too small to be any threat to them; more likely the reverse. And llama Sassafrass, of course, could toss him over the fence in a heartbeat. Franklin went missing yesterday. A little alarmed for him (he’s very slippery …

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