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THIS AND THAT * Legendary singer/songwriter Mac Davis passed away on September 29th, and although I knew he wrote such great hits like “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “Whoever Finds This, I Love You,” I did not know that he wrote the lyrics to my favorite Elvis song, “In The Ghetto.” If you want to listen to some great music, check him out. His music will live on! * Yes, it is finally October! That means all the cobwebs and dust in my house are now Halloween decorations! * People who were born in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s have lived in seven, six or five decades, two centuries, two millennia and had the best music, the coolest cars, drivein theaters, soda fountains and plenty of happy summer days.
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THIS AND THAT * Hey, Charlie Brown, I hope I look as good as you do when I turn 70! Charlie and the Peanuts gang will officially observe their 70th anniversary this weekend! The launch date for the daily comic strip by Charles Schulz began on October 2nd, 1950 with the Sunday edition out in the newspapers on January 6th, 1952. We could learn a thing or two from that comic strip.
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In this bizarre year of 2020, another highly unusual event is coming our way. Can you handle anything more? This event will spookily coincide with Halloween, and the fact that there will be a full moon. But this time it’s not just ANY full moon — this one will be special. First, it will also be called a blue moon, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the color of the moon. Rather it’s all about the timing of full moons through out the year.
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* I have to admit I did enjoy wearing my hoodies and sweatshirts last week. We all know I love fall, but the really cold and wet part of the season can hold off for another week or two or three! I want an autumn where the leaves on the trees turn orange and yellow before slowly drifting to the ground and the nights are just cool enough that you need to wear a hoodie or sweater when you are at Tiger Stadium cheering on the football team. I want it so we have evenings sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot cocoa or tea warming your hands as you enjoy a brilliant sunset. Then it can be cool brisk weather until after Thanksgiving to get us in the mood for Christmas. Just so you know, I always put my fall weather order in every year, so let’s see what we get this season.
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I am using my space this week to pass along an important announcement that is being shared across the country to gain support of a very important piece of legislation that this newspaper would ask you to support. This opinion piece was written by Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers, an organization which advocates for and defends freedom of the press and expression.
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* For those who read my column and know any of my favorite ‘80s singer Rick Astley’s songs, you will get a kick out of this. I know I did….“Rick Astley for President because he will never give you up, never let you down, never gonna run around or desert you. He will never make you cry, never say goodbye, never tell a lie or hurt you!” And for those who don’t know him or his songs, those are the lyrics to one of his songs I like the most!
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I really don’t remember when it started, but many years ago I began collecting hats. These couldn’t be just any hat; they had to have a personality all their own. They had to be special, weird, crazy, colorful... I really didn’t have a definite rule. They just had to speak to me, I guess. As I waded through antique shops or auctions, anytime a hat spoke to me, I bought it. I just wish I knew the story that should have been included with each hat... who wore this hat, when, and for what occasion.
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RED SKELTON’S PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Every Tuesday before the Rooks County Commission meeting, everyone present stands up and recites the “Pledge of Allegiance.” A simple thing really, but it reaffirms my belief that there is hope for our country. I printed Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance in my editorial years ago, and thought it was time to do it again… “I—me, an individual, a committee of one, pledge—to dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity, allegiance—my love, and my devotion, to the flag—our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom wherever she waves, there’s respect, because your loyalty has given her dignity that shouts—Freedom is everybody’s job, of the United—that means that we have all come together, States of America—individual communities that have united into 50 great states—50 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose—all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose—and that’s love for country, and to the republic—a state with sovereign powers invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern—and government is the people, and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people, for which it stands, one nation under God—meaning so blessed by God, indivisible—incapable of being divided, with liberty—which is freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life without threat, fear or some sort of retaliation, and justice—the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others, for all—which means, boys and girls, it’s just as much your country as it is mine.
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If you work with computers at all, you know the frustration when things just don’t work as they should. When you work on a network of several computers connected, that frustration level compounds exponentially with issues that are difficult—no, impossible—to trace. That is, unless you are a network guru who really digs that kind of stuff. But for those of us who are not computer gurus, the general “quick fix” is to simply shut down, sometimes even unplug the computer, and then restart a few minutes later. In many cases, that’s what it takes to get things going again.