Archives in Category: Small Town Life

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Hardware Stores

Since we’re getting ready to move again, I’ve begun to haunt hardware stores. Maybe ‘haunt’ isn’t the right word, since I definitely am visible to the clerks and cashiers and certainly don’t wail and whine. Instead, I walk the aisles

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At the Cove

Earl and I spent the afternoon in a charming minor league baseball stadium where the Silverhawks, the team we rooted for, lost by one run in the bottom of the ninth. As far as I know, this loss could mean

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Snow News Isn’t Good News

Who isn’t familiar with the old adage that “No news is good news.” I certainly agree, but this time of year I would change the saying to “Snow news isn’t good news.” As I write, I can see serious snowflakes

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Meet . . . My Hat

Early last week I came home from somewhere to find Earl had purchased a warm, wooly hat for me. No reason; just that I had once expressed an interest in a really warm hat to replace my black wool knit

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Saturday Schedule

It’s early Saturday morning, but my day is already booked. Planned. Scheduled. Arranged. Spoken for. Pick your phrase.

I want to work out and practice piano. Beyond that, which takes much of the morning, Earl is eager to head to

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So Long Summer

Calendar-wise, I know summer sticks around for another three weeks, but I’ve always thought that Labor Day, which is tomorrow, ends the season. Maybe it’s because school starts again, which means the weather always gets hot but then turns. Maybe

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Scripts

A year or so ago, a new pharmacy opened in my neighborhood. Called Scripts, it seemed unlikely to compete with such mega-pharmacies at Walgreen’s or Rite-Aid; and I wondered if it would survive. For example, it wasn’t open 24/7; in

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The Gawkers

Our road is still pretty much under water; in fact, the local authorities have put a sign up that the road is closed except for local traffic.

But that hasn’t stopped the gawkers from driving by. I know they’re gawkers

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Open Season

Today is the official start of firearm deer hunting season in the State of Michigan. Having lived in big cities most of my life, I wasn’t aware of this propitious event until we moved to St. Joseph. However, we learned

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A Day with Friends

If ever you want to see your own community through fresh eyes, invite a couple friends who don’t live there to spend the day. You’ll come away with a renewed appreciation of what your locale offers.

That’s what happened to

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