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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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

The Gift I have always loved Christmas and the spirit that used to accompany it. I'm told I need to forget what I used to do and 'get with the times' and move on, but at this point in my life, I think I'm happier remembering what used to be. You move along into the aggravations, the angry outbursts... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

As long as I could remember, anytime Dad was home and not out messing with some invention, he would be holding court at this massive antique round oak table he had. There was a 30 cup coffee maker over on the counter and it got a heavy workout every day of its life. I am pretty sure my Dad was the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

Dad grew up a lot like I did, working on the farm. He lived about three miles outside of town and walked to school nearly every day. He was an excellent student and he had an uncanny knack for physics and science. He could study something and figure out how it worked in just a few minutes. It was a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Chapter Two My Father was born Elton Verwayne Greenhoe on August 13 th, 1922 in the Lansing Michigan area. He was the second born child in his family, but his older brother Doyle, born in 1918, died in the great influenza outbreak in1919. The family initially lived in the Mason Michigan area, but... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

One It was a beautiful day in early June 1994. The entire OJ Simpson fiasco was still about a week away. My wife and I had decided to take a quick walk through a local wood and wander down by the lake that was just behind our home, thereby delaying our intended 3:00 p.m. arrival at my Father’s home.... Sign in to see full entry.

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