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I fell asleep in front of the television the other night but was awakened by a song—Michael Buble, singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on television. It was so beautifully rendered, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme in heaven would approve. I watched and listened with rapt attention and…

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From the cluttered old attic that is my memory I remember that “Stability is possible without freedom, but freedom is not possible without stability.” It is a truism, I think, and I was reminded of it in a recent discussion with a group of Chinese graduate students studying to become officia…

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It seems that almost anybody watching someone work believes they can do the job as well or better than the person who is actually doing it, especially if the person watching has never done it before. When I hired on at the brickyard in Lewistown in 1974 the boss pointed to a group of workmen…

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I’m going to end the suspense right now. No one died from my Thanksgiving Day dinner.

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We’re all spending more time at home these days, and if you’re lucky, you have a furry friend there to keep you company. I was reminded just how intuitive and noble dogs can be when I read a story by an Englishman named Ian Brown about a dog, Gunner, that his uncle adopted during WWII.

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With the passage in Montana of I-190 we have joined California, Washington, Oregon, and a few other “Liberal” states in making the purchase and use of marijuana jail time free. It has been about 100 years since its use became a social stigma, then illegal in the United States. Marijuana use …

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A couple of weeks ago I committed myself to writing a series of articles about or food production systems in the United States. Last week, the subject was organic production and the overall health benefits of food that is produced organically.

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If you read this column last week, you’ll recall I have decided to start a series looking at our food production system. I am not sure how many columns will be dedicated to this topic, but I can say with certainty I will only be scratching the surface with regard to how much information I pr…

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You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of scary movies available on streaming services as we approach Halloween.

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Now that the election season is full upon us I, like you, have had my mailbox jammed full with large and glossy pieces of light cardboard informing me about the merits and flaws of the various candidates.

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One of the things about life in a rural area is you get to see the rhythms of the land, the plowing, sowing, and the harvest.

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During the 4-H events that took place at the Richland County Fair this year I had the opportunity to visit with someone about our food supply. The conversation happened to be taking place during one of the livestock market shows which was the perfect opportunity to discuss some of the percep…

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I’d have probably watched the presidential debate, except they didn’t have one.

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Almost everyone looks famous here and about half of them are. The famous look smaller in person — decidedly human, and you learn to look carefully or you may not even notice a celebrity passing you by. But the most famous person I met in Los Angeles was a tall guy named Gordie slinging burge…

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I have been participating (virtually, of course) in our National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) annual conference. It was originally scheduled to be held in Virginia Beach and what I wouldn’t give to be there in person, but I am getting off track.

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Oh my God, I’m filing this from a motel room outside of Chicago late on a rainy night after 17 hours on the road from Virginia.

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U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been using extraordinary means to advance their goal; confirming a Supreme Court nominee before the election when four years ago they refused to even hold a hearing for Obama’s nominee, suppression of fact, encou…

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Well folks, it sure is newsy out there. And weird. Unemployment continues to be high in America in large part because so many satirists have been put out of work. You can’t top the 6 o’clock news. Let’s see if you’ve been following along.