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Cargo ships waiting to unload at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California could keep some of America’s store shelves bare for a while. These two ports handle the bulk of cargo coming from China. Cargo keeps coming from China, making the congestion craziness only worse. The dozens of ships floating in the pacific are carrying products that used to be some of America’s good paying jobs.  more
Times change. Inventors strive to make our lives easier by saving work or alleviating stress. Consider how technology has affected the ways we travel. I was in my fifties when I experienced my first airplane flight, not at all prepared for the turbulence or ear popping. more
Years passed. Our bicycles spent more time in the shed than on the road. Baseball practice, games and 4-H meetings replaced leisurely rides around the farm. Quite suddenly, there was a need for speed—and headlights. more
Alphonse Wilson here, jest celebratin’ a nice day with poetry. Yessir. I thought I’d do some poetry today just to see if you’re in the mood. Well, if you ain’t in the mood, I guess you could go fix a cup of coffee or something and wait for me to finish, but that would hurt my feelin’s exponential-like and you’re not the kind of person to do that, are ya? more
Steady cash flow comes from steady work. If you want money you have to do something that produces money. more
You have to know Bert really well before he’ll share his secret with you, but if he does, it’s as though he’s revealed the reason for life and sunshine and the main reason our dogs think we’re smart. more
It happens to every one of us at one time or another. We travel along comfortably and everything seems fine. Then, suddenly our life journey takes a curve so sharp that we feel like we’ve been flung off the road. The pain of sadness is so great that we want to crawl into a corner and cry. We long to do a life reset, to go back to the way things were a week, a month, or a year ago. We forget all about putting on the big boots. more
The gate to the front yard beckoned, only ten yards away. I pictured Mom inside the house working on supper. When I walked in she would take one look at my severely injured knee and immediately shift into motherly-care mode. She would gently wash the scrape and clean out the gravel. I could almost smell the hydrogen peroxide that she would pour over it, making it sting like the dickens. White droplets would puff out on all the scratches. “It’s killing the germs,” she would say as the tiny bubbles popped, whispering a fizzing sound. more
Harrison County Assessor Brenda Loftus recently hired a firm out of Omaha called HR Systems to study whether her salary is in line with the other 98 County assessor's salaries. Their findings were … more
On Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, I went to the supervisor’s meeting to address the large amounts of money that the supervisors are spending, seemingly without any regard to what the … more
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently announced that, within the next month, the federal government will exhaust so-called “extraordinary measures” that are being used to fund our debt obligations. Put simply, this means a fight to raise the debt ceiling will be at the top of the agenda when the House reconvenes next week. more
“Make sure she gets on the bike again,” Dad instructed Dorothy after my heel was bandaged. We all knew what he meant; I needed to ride again to overcome the fear of getting hurt. In challenging life situations our father was known to say, “It’s like getting thrown off a horse; you just have to get back on again.” I was glad he didn’t say that this time because he made it clear that I could not have a horse. more
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