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Save our rural post offices! The United States Congress is on a rampage of rape and pillage throughout the nation—targeting mostly the poor, the young, the ill, and the elderly—and closing 2,600 postal facilities across the country is another slap-down to the people who most need their local offices. The U.S. postal system is a government corporation and is supposed to be self-sufficient but it needs help. Obama, McCain, and most of the rest of Congress busted their asses to bailout Wall Street, so now it is time to serve We The People by saving the oldest public institution in the U.S. Wake up, America!
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The photo of Sammy which I posted yesterday was made by Ashley but she used my camera so I should get some of the credit!
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I think Carolyn may have her old van sold; I hope so because she has little use for it and it is a gasoline hog.
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Gonna get cold tonight and be very wet and chilly tomorrow, more like November than October. I suppose I will have to start wearing long pants, socks, and underwear again.
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Have a pleasant weekend, Dear Ones.

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 10:39 am  Comments (4)  
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Sam I Am

Eat your heart out, Spacey

Published in: on September 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm  Comments (3)  

Sammy was here

At the market -- photo shot through dirty windshield

Sammy and Ashley were over for most of the day yesterday. He has grown quite a bit since I last saw him and he now stays awake more than he used to. He still eats like a piglet. He smiles at everyone as soon as he sees them and so far doesn’t demand to be held every minute. Spoiling will soon come, I suppose but we will have to wait and see who spoils whom.
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Did a bit of editing on two older stories yesterday; they are now as good as I am going to get them. They, along with The Hunter, still don’t give me but about 9,800 words. I’m getting there as I have several more shorter stories to go over.
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Carolyn bought some sweet taters at the market; she baked them as usual and they are the sweetest and tastiest yellow variety I can remember having. Overall, the produce we’ve bought this year is very good.
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Don’t forget that Oct. 10 is Columbus Day holiday in U.S.; go discover something new.
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May your Thursday theody be heard in heaven.
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Published in: on September 29, 2011 at 11:02 am  Comments (2)  
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Schshschshchsch

Village scene

We went to a couple of markets on Hwy. 107 yesterday. The roadsides were ablaze in autumn colors as wildflowers put on their best show trying to compete with brilliantly painted and inked soda and beer cans and plastic snack bags and wrappers which adorned the green ditches. Carolyn got herself some turnips and yellow squash and got me a jar of pear honey. I was going to buy a watermelon but the proprietor told us we could have a couple free of charge as there are few left this late in the season and they were small. This particular market will close soon for winter and don’t have much variety left. They do have taters and will have more sweet corn on Thursday. The other market will probably stay open until Halloween, speaking of which Carolyn bought Sammy his first punkin to decorate. I made some more photos from the car, but nothing very interesting. I may plague you blog readers with a few of them this week.
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Some economists are now saying that the U.S. is into the second part of its double-dip recession. They must be speaking about the well to do folks out there; us peons haven’t been able to get any kind of foothold but have continuously slid farther into a seemingly endless nightmare. I am hearing mixed thoughts about a raise for Social Security recipients in 2012. Some say there will be none while some say there will be a small one of one or two percent, and others say there may be as much as three and one-half percent increase. Most agree that whatever there is, if any, will be eaten by higher Medicare premiums. If there is no increase in our checks, we will once more lose money to Medicare just as we did last year. We will know in mid-October. Do any of you have a preferred brand of dog food for we Americans geezers to eat?
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Carolyn got a bit of good news for a change; one of her customers is expanding his business and wants her to clean more office space for him. It will help some but will not make up for the two customers she is losing at the end of this month. For the first time ever, she is looking at a very good possibility of laying off one of her people who has been with her for 13 years.
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Thanks to Jola for the photo of a small gallery in the scenic village of Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. Cities seem to exist for the sake of existing whereas villages exist for people.
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I placed my edited story The Hunter on Brasstacks and will leave it there for a few days. There may be minor future edits but as of now the story has 3938 words. Thirty more stories of this length and I will have enough to publish a respectable length book; I better get busy.
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A blessed Wednesday to all of you!

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 10:16 am  Comments (6)  
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Missing Dot

Dot (seated holding Uncle Wallace), Uncle Roy and Uncle Fred (back l-to-r)

My Mother would have been 92 years old today had she lived.
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The U.S. needs more religious holidays so that Congress can take a week off with pay for each one. At least they won’t be doing any mischief in the name of We The People. Of course, members of the House of Representatives didn’t have to be working for the Senate to sell out on F.E.M.A. support legislation.
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I edited The Hunter story but instead of it becoming shorter it became several hundred words longer. Over the years, I’ve had a few people tell me that my stories need to be broadened a bit, that they were too concise. I suppose that comes from my schooling as a newspaper reporter/editor. Anyway, I added a few paragraphs; one concerning enduring in the cold smokehouse and another about my beagle shunning me just like the rest of the family.
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Have a Tuesday, y’all!

Published in: on September 27, 2011 at 11:57 am  Comments (12)  
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