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This And That

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* Today’s generation will never get to know the satisfaction of slamming down the phone during an angry hangup. * For all you Fall/Autumn Fans out there, Pillsbury will soon be selling, for a limited time only, Salted Caramel Apple Cookie Dough! Since the Halloween candy is already hitting the shelves, keep a look out for these cookies in the refrigerator section of your favorite grocery store! * And speaking of yummy fall treats, I will buy ALL the Little Debbie pumpkin rolls I see in any and every store every time I am shopping! Plus, they are even more delicious if you freeze them! * Damien Williams, I understand why you decided to opt out of the 2020 football season and I will miss seeing you on the field this year.
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The ant, the prayer, and the contact lens

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Anyone who wears contact lenses like I do would agree that there is a Murphy’s Law about losing a lens: “If you are going to lose a contact lens, it will happen at the worst possible time and place.” I could write a book about contact lenses and my fortunate and unfortunate stories of lost and found. I first got contact lenses when I was in 8th grade (I can hear some of you thinking along the lines of “didn’t know they made ‘em in the stone age!”). At that time, they were hard plastic, not soft and pliable as they are now, but for me, they were lifesavers. Even at that young age, 13 or 14, I could no longer be fit with glasses to correct my vision. But I had 20/20 vision with my new contact lenses, and have had for most of the 50+ years since. They are tiny miracles, as far as I’m concerned. And I have learned that I can almost always find a lost lens if I’ve taken the time to ask God to help me find it.
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Virgi’s Views On This ‘n That

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THIS AND THAT * With the Rooks County Free Fair going to just a 4-H Fair this year due to COVID-19, I wanted to give a nod to the many notable musicians, entertainers, athletes and political figures who were part of this special organization. Here are just some people who are on the 4-H list: former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis and Pat Nixon, astronaut Alan Shepherd, athletes Johnny Bench, Reggie White, Herschel Walker and Archie Manning, actors Julia Roberts, Sissy Spacek and Tom Wopat, musicians Luke Bryan, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Vince Gil, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers and Jermaine Jackson, and Robert A.
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Nancy's Notes

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Here we are, entering the sixth month of a global pandemic, and in many places, conditions are getting worse rather than better. I don’t think anyone wants to have another shutdown of businesses, factories and services; I certainly don’t. What will it take to get this thing under control? My brain says: “Everyone just needs to be smart and do their part.”
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Virgi’s Views On This ‘n That

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THIS AND THAT * One afternoon while I was playing superhero with my sweet Trent, he started getting out his Marvel action figures, which include Captain America, Black Panther, Ironman and Spiderman. We started playing and had an entire scenerio worked out about how we were going to fight off the villain Thanos, when Trent said he remembered that he had another hero who could help fight.
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Nancy's Notes

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Hanging around grandkids gives us reasons (or excuses!) to enjoy doing some of the things we haven’t done since our own kids were little, or maybe since we were children ourselves. Things like: • catching fireflies; • running through a sprinkler; • letting your toes squish through mud; • swinging so high you feel like you could touch the sky; • standing in the rain and catching raindrops on your tongue; • waiting anxiously for a parade with a plastic bag to fill with candy; • making soap bubbles, trying to see who can make the biggest or the most in one slow-blow; • watching a caterpillar crawl, and not worrying about what you really “should” be doing; • squatting by a stream to catch minnows or watch a spinning bug; • reading stories at bedtime, and then being tucked in and kissed goodnight.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Dear Editor: This month marks a third of this year with a Stockton address after fleeing my home in Johnson County when the pandemic first hit this spring. Details are in the most recent Stockton Chamber of Commerce newsletter by long-time friend Jayne Prockish, Executive Director of the Chamber, if you’re interested.
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Holeymoley. I’m so old.

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Well, I’ve gone and done it. I was asleep at the wheel when it happened, of course, but last week my life’s odometer flipped to another number. A bigger number. An older number. And because of that, I’ve elected to start receiving that monthly paycheck from Uncle Sam. It’s actually my money anyway—money that I’ve been tucking away in a government account, withheld from every paycheck, from every job I’ve ever had, all of my livelong, adult days. It would be more exciting if it wasn’t just one more reminder of how old I am.