Big V's Ramblings

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I Slipped a Cog I Guess

Totally true story. I completely forgot I was doing this story here. I remember why I stopped working on some of my other stuff, but this story is done and published. The summer has been crazy and my life has been full and busy and apparently my mind has wandered! I'll resume this story tomorrow. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Fifteen

I began a new philosophy shortly thereafter: if someone needed a hand and I had it to give, I gave it. I didn’t ask my beneficiaries for a return of the money given them and I thought I had learned the lesson, but once again, I was wrong; it took another embarrassing moment for it to sink in. My... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Fourteen

This is an exceptionally long entry and may be the sole entry here over the American holiday. Thanks! V Now, the reason I took a couple pages to tell you that story is to explain the lesson I took so long to learn. Another friend of mine had gone with us, which at the time I thought was unusual,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Thirteen

Of all the lessons my Father taught me, the one I am going to describe now is the one that has affected me most. I least understood it when I was younger; it was not until only a year before his death that I fully began to appreciate and utilize its wisdom. Growing up, it never occurred to me that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Twelve

Time and time again, I would ask my Father’s advice on something and he would give me a parable instead of an answer. I once asked him, “Why can’t you just give me a straight response instead of a modern version of an Aesop’s Fable?” Often he would just smile and tell me, “That would be too easy... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Eleven

Growing up on a farm presented all kinds of challenges and potentials for injury; it seemed I had a knack for finding a lot of those ways. We had over 110 Holstein milking cows, with a few brown Jersey milkers tossed in to raise the butter fat content of our milk. Every summer, we put up thousands... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Ten

While that joke was still fresh in my mind, there was another prank I recall quite well. I was at the age where I was beginning to lose my baby teeth. In our family, the custom was to put the lost tooth in a small glass of water, and in exchange, a tooth fairy of some sort would exchange it for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Nine

Although times were tough as a kid, I remember that we always were laughing about something. Both my Father and Grandfather were cut-ups and practical jokers; as the oldest child in a family of six kids, I was frequently on the receiving end of the jokes. I can’t recall the first joke my Grandpa... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Eight

When I was about seven or so, we had a pair of draft horses on our farm. They were monstrous in size, but they were sweethearts in nature. A friend of my Dad had them and for a reason I was too young to recall, he had to give them away. I remember when they brought them to the farm and the horses... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Things My Father Taught Me - Lessons In Life - Part Seven

I left home in early 1971. Most of this story happened before that period of time, and most of the rest happened right there at that big oak table. I don’t know how many decks of cards he wore out playing solitaire there, but the most enduring mental picture I have of him is him sitting at the... Sign in to see full entry.

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