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THE STABLE…Centerpiece of Christmas

Thank God for livestock at the time of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Remember the barn, and how it was once the centerpiece of our very existence, not even comparable to that of the birth place of Jesus. The stable has since become the centerpiece of our lives. As we celebrate the season of Christmas, we are reminded of the role that livestock played in the life of Jesus. His very survival at the time of his birth was dependent upon the heat and warmth of a barn full of livestock. To have laid him in a manger, protected from harm’s way, where the radiant body heat of the animals would keep him warm was as much a part of the miracle as the miracle itself. The miracle that continues to sustain the world in these difficult times of war, economics, and terror will continue to give us hope for all eternity. To have been born of the Virgin Mary was miraculous, but to have survived is perhaps the greatest role that livestock has ever played in our lives. We like to think of livestock as our primary source of protein, nourishment, and satiety value — like that of no other food. For those reasons alone we will always be grateful for God’s creation; especially meat for the table. But how much thought have we...

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“Grandpa’s Boots”

As I look back on time, traveling down memory lane, I still think of my grandpa every Christmas. I was staying with my grandparents prior to Christmas, and remember my grandmother trodding everyday through the snow to get the mail. This went on for several days, and each time she would bring the mail to my bed-ridden grandfather — with the same disappointing message. “It didn’t come today either”, she would beller as she passed by the bedroom. He was expecting a special package, but never said what it was. Finally it arrived, and he was so excited. He called for me to come and help him open it. I’ll never forget the look of happiness going to that of disappointment. He had ordered a pair of boots for himself, but they were way too small. “Kenny, come here, let’s see if these boots will fit you.” Little did I know that he had ordered them for me. Ironically they fit just perfect — my most memorable Christmas gift. He passed away that following year. And today I honor his memory with the following poem. GRANDPA’S BOOTS The gift I remember best A pair of cowboy boots Better than all the rest As they depict my roots Best ‘cause they came from Grandpa Being just a little feller It was more than just hutzpa It was about standing a little...

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Life Insurance ‘Rated Up’?

Q:  “We recently applied for life insurance with an insurance carrier and were told that our rating would be much higher than what we thought…   “We know the insurance is an important part of our estate plan, but the premiums for $750,000 have now gone up to over ten thousand dollars per year when we were anticipating only about seven thousand dollars per year. “We weren’t expecting this extra cost and are having a difficult time making a decision. We were taking some medications, but nothing our doctor ever told us about was serious in his mind – or ours. This policy was to provide for the children not farming, but with this rate up in costs, we are rethinking the whole idea. What’s your take on the whole situation?” – signed, Rated Up.     Dear Rated Up: First of all, let’s start with the medications you’re taking and the conditions your doctor has said are ‘nothing to worry about’. If you’re taking high blood pressure medication, yes, it’s controlled, but your body is under more stress than normal due to weight or coronary conditions and your doctor’s not going to say ‘Gee, you might die tomorrow if you don’t lose some weight!’. He knows that some people are going to take advice seriously, others are going to laugh it off, and other people, no matter how...

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What bugs you about rural life?

Psychologist reveals what people say in their most frank and candid moments about the ‘politics’ of living in a small community–especially the problems associated with gossip. What are the things about living in a small community that gripe you? Normally you wouldn’t bring these things up in polite company, but among trusted friends and in your braver or more foolish moments you might.  Of course you would want to preface your thoughts with the reasons why you like living in a rural community so your friends don’t get the wrong impression. Here is what I’ve heard people say in their most frank and candid moments. Gossip and intolerance. People who are too different or break the mold are subject to public criticism and gossip. Teenagers, young single adults, recently divorced and people with trouble in their lives are in the limelight. But so is everybody. The flip side of the coin is that this closeness and all-knowing quality comes across as care, concern and family feeling when people are in trouble and need help. It also helps keep people from making big mistakes. On the other hand, nobody forgets and lets you live down a mistake. Someone from Alcoholics Anonymous, presumably an expert in anonymity, feels that a community should have at least 4,000 residents before a semblance of anonymity kicks in. If you don’t care – or live...

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Readers share their helpful tips…

I use my spare time to crochet blankets for the animals at our local shelter, but can’t afford to buy new yarn very often.  I have found that I can buy odds and ends of yarns at yard sales and thrift stores for very little, but I didn’t know if it was wool or polyester.  The two have different properties and behave very differently when washed and dried.  I did find if I take the end of a piece of yarn and touch it with a lit match I can tell the difference.  The wool burns to ash and the polyester turns into a hard lump.  I then can sort the yarn into the proper baskets so I don’t get mixed up. – SA, IL CARD HOLDER Kids about 10 or 11 years old can make these up for a community service project for the senior centers or the old folks homes.   Take a couple of whipped topping lids or soft margarine lids and put them together with one of those gold fastener things – I don’t know what you call them for sure, but you get them in the office supply store.  They are usually gold colored and have one end like a button with two tabs coming out of it.  It is used to hold papers together.   Put the lids together, poke a hole in...

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