Archives in Category: Small Town Life

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Brought Up Short

Tonight Earl and I attended the wake of a young man, 31 years old and married only seven weeks.   He is the grandson of a good friend, and he died unexpectedly in an accident. Who at my age expects to

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Small Town

John Mellencamp once sang fondly of life in a small town.  But there are some things he forgot to mention.

You know you live in a small town when the guy in the Ford truck runs into the gas station

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Farmer’s Forum

Waiting for my son to finish his daily run (He’s training for the Chicago Marathon), I studied the “Farmer’s Forum,” a weekly supplement to the local newspaper.  I might just as well have been reading Greek.

It’s not that farmers

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Natick Rocks

It’s our second night in Natick, where the Boston Marathon runs through from Mile 8 to about Mile 11 in two days.  It’s farther from the finish line than we’d planned; but, for one good reason and another, this is

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Stoplight

Earl and I were displaced to a local hotel three days ago when violent weather came through our area and knocked the power out in our condo development.  It was 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 17.

It didn’t look so

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The Cove

Another couple, Earl, and I visited The Cove in South Bend this evening to enjoy farm-league baseball at its finest.  The home team Silverhawks, a feeder team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, play there. Sure, I know some people think farm-league

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Swimming

There are not a lot of opportunities to swim in this community.  Neither St. Joseph nor Benton Harbor has a public pool, so that leaves only the local Y or the South Shore Health and Racquet Club for those who

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Allegan Country Fair

Yesterday Earl and I visited the Allegan County Fair. It was like catching up with an old friend whom we hadn’t seen in a couple years. The parking fee had increased, but other than that all was as it was

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Stuff Swap

Today I attended the second annual stuff swap at the home of a friend. Based on its success, I am sure there will be third and a fourth, etc.

The concept is simple. Each attendee brings three things that she

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Winn-Dixie

Today we stocked up on provisions for our breakfasts and lunches, as well as various paper products, at the local supermarket, Winn-Dixie. It’s always an experience to visit a grocery store in another part of the country and see how

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