The Value of a Hand-made Gift

The Value of a Hand-made Gift

Elon Musk doesn’t have enough money to buy a few possessions I own because they are hand-made works of art created especially for me. One collection of such art hangs in our dining room; three hand-woven towels hanging on the rungs of an old wooden ladder. These were...

The Legacy of a Fly Fishing Library: Part 1

The Legacy of a Fly Fishing Library: Part 1

My father said you could understand a person by looking at the books in their library. When my Dad passed, I inherited that which he considered his most valued property; his library. Recently, I received the treasure of another man's library, Jim Brown of San Diego,...

For Pete’s Sake: A Tribute to Pete Hampton

For Pete’s Sake: A Tribute to Pete Hampton

Today, I’m changing the meaning of the phrase, “For Pete’s sake.” Usually, that phrase is spoken in exasperation or frustration, like the time my brother took the saw from me because I was cutting a crooked line and he said, “For Pete’s sake, here, let me do that.”...

An Open Letter to Farmers

An Open Letter to Farmers

Dear Farmer: You are my huggable hero. You might think your life is normal, perhaps even boring, but for millions like me on the outside looking in, we think you’re extraordinary. For those of us who are not farmers, we drive past your swaying wheat fields and hum...

Customer Service on Steroids

Customer Service on Steroids

There is good customer service then there is customer service on steroids. Let me tell you a story about the latter. I ordered a package to be delivered on a certain day before I left town the following day for travel but was nervous about receiving it because it...

10 Lessons I’m Glad My Father Taught Me

10 Lessons I’m Glad My Father Taught Me

My Dad has been gone for more than 30  years, but the lessons he taught me my first 26 years have guided me through life. Here are 10 lessons he taught me: Faith is more important than religion - My Dad was hungry to know God and to interpret all of the circumstances...

Farmers: People who Make America Great

Farmers: People who Make America Great

America was founded by farmers and I vote we turn it back over to them as soon as possible. I'd be happy to vote for a guy or gal in Levi's and a Stetson or bib overalls compared to a greasy politician. The vast majority of the new arrivals to early America were...

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