Author: Michael Rosmann

Does Dowsing For Graves and Water Well Sites Really Work?

A few years ago an elderly lady and dear friend showed Marilyn and me how to find graves by dowsing.  She convinced us there is “something to it,” for we were able to detect burial sites and usually the deceased person’s gender before we discovered confirmatory evidence from decaying round-topped limestone markers or wooden crosses near the grave sites.  Some suspected graves had no available evidence to confirm or disconfirm their location and identification. Many farmers have employed dowsers, including our friend, to find locations to dig water wells.  She said she hasn’t been wrong yet–she is 85 years...

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Children Can Teach Adults Lessons

Matthew quoted Jesus in the 18th chapter of his gospel in the Bible as saying, “Unless you are like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  If the passage means what I think it means, I endorse the quote. Regardless of our age, the forthright honesty and whole-hearted, unbridled love and sincerity that the passage refers to are behaviors everyone should aim for, especially in our current selfish and dangerous world.  Our two granddaughters, Layla, age 3 years 8 months, and Ana, 22 months, demonstrated these behaviors to Marilyn and me during their recent weekend visit...

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AgrAbility Program Offers Hope to Disabled Farmers and Their Families

Great video about Nebraska AgrAbility & VR Inspiring video about what AgrAbility, VR (vocational rehabilitation services), and our clients can do. William Meyer has a T-4 spinal cord injury but has returned to his fields and to horseback to continue working the family cattle operation. This year AgrAbility celebrates a quarter-century of assisting farmers who have become injured or disabled, along with their families, to remain viable agricultural producers.  In an era when fewer farmers provide the food and materials needed for clothing, shelter, and renewable fuels, AgrAbility helps farmers to continue in their chosen vocation for the good...

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Is Gambling a Farming Issue? [PART 2]

There is a well-known adage that “Farming is always a gamble.”  Indeed, many of the factors that affect farming’s profitability involve elements of chance, like weather and market prices. This article follows last week’s column which portrayed how gambling by a Texas farmer led to unhappy family relationships and financial losses; he even died in a casino.  Today we take a look at whether gambling is a behavior problem for Americans in general and farmers in particular. A study which I directed of 43,852 callers to farm crisis telephone helplines and hotlines in seven upper Midwestern states from September...

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Gambling Can Harm Farmers, Their Families, Many People [PART 1]

A farm woman in Texas contacted me recently, asking me to address gambling addiction.  Her husband, a gambler since childhood, passed away in a New Mexico casino in December without her knowledge until the hospital where he was taken telephoned her to report his death. I am grateful to the Texas woman for sharing her story frankly in today’s article.  Next week we will examine gambling as a national and farming issue.    “Charlotte” said her husband, “Vic,” died of a brain aneurysm sitting in front of a slot machine.  Char said the 4-6 percent estimate of persons who...

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