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Del Banks (badegg)

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Writing is something that comes second nature to me, to the point where it is almost an addiction. I journalize just about everything, from my daily workday to the activities in my chicken houses.

I am an ordained minister, pastoring a small church in the lower Appalachians of North Georgia. I attended college in California and in Missouri, majoring in Zoology and Field Biology, but despite my science based education, I worked as a butcher for many years.

I have several dogs, all are Lab and Aussie mixed breeds. I also raise enough chickens and ducks to keep the family and the neighborhood in fresh eggs. We try to grow all of our own veggies, and trade with other local farmers to get fresh raw milk, honey, grass fed beef and butter.

I appreciate the time you are taking to read my articles. Please comment freely.

Have a blessed day!

 

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  • What're You Looking At?
    2

    What're You Looking At?

    4 months ago

    People watching can sometimes be a fun game, but a lot of the time it is a way to pass judgment on people that you don't even know. Take some time to rethink this "game" and understand it differently.

  • Gout and the Effects of Time
    4

    Gout and the Effects of Time

    4 months ago

    Having Gout is no picnic. The damage it causes is irreversible as you get older. I am convinced that how you live your life when you are young makes a physical difference when you are older.

  • The Only Good Snake is a WHAT?!
    1

    The Only Good Snake is a WHAT?!

    5 months ago

    Wait! Don't kill that snake! Not all snakes are harmful or poisonous, but all snakes are beneficial. The key is educating yourself on the differences between the species.

  • Loving It is the Root
    0

    Loving It is the Root

    10 months ago

    "Money is the root of all evil" is one of the most misquoted scriptures in the Bible. But few realize that how we treat financial blessings is the very least of what God has laid out for us.

  • The Last Days. Are We Forgetting Something?
    6

    The Last Days. Are We Forgetting Something?

    2 years ago

    We are most likely in the Last Days according to Bible Prophecy. Before you lock the door on your underground shelter, are you forgetting something?

  • The Death of Ursa Minor
    1

    The Death of Ursa Minor

    2 years ago

    Finding injured wildlife can sometimes make you feel helpless. There are very few resources to rely on, but what happens when the one agency you call for help lets you down miserably?

  • Don't Forget Your Best Friends
    2

    Don't Forget Your Best Friends

    2 years ago

    If it is cold enough to freeze the pipes in your house, it is cold enough to freeze your outdoor pets. Keep your pets safe and warm with a few of these good ideas that come from years of experience.

  • Do This Every Morning To Feel Great!
    6

    Do This Every Morning To Feel Great!

    2 years ago

    Doing this one simple thing every morning can change your life forever!

  • Eulogy of Self
    1

    Eulogy of Self

    3 years ago

    Sometimes you just want to cash it in. Everyone at one time or another stops to consider their self-worth, to take account of their own life and measure the impact of it on those around them.

  • This is How I Did It
    1

    This is How I Did It

    3 years ago

    Dieting is a hard thing to stick with, but a subtle lifestyle change can make all the difference in the world when you want to lose weight.

  • The Mechanic Sleeps
    2

    The Mechanic Sleeps

    3 years ago

    The life of a mechanic is a tiring one, and the one person that helps him get from day to day is the woman that he shares his quiet times with, she is the reason that he keeps going. We've been there.

  • Shopping the Shops
    3

    Shopping the Shops

    3 years ago

    Looking for a reputable automotive repair shop? Sometime it is not easy. I have had many years of experience working as a professional mechanic as well as a service manager, and what I have learned may save you hundreds...

  • This House is Finally Killing Us!
    5

    This House is Finally Killing Us!

    3 years ago

    Mold infestation in your home is a true silent killer. Know what to look for before it is too late! Its presence can and will destroy your health and finances.

  • They Are Everywhere
    7

    They Are Everywhere

    3 years ago

    Do you believe in the presence of Angels? Could that person that just asked you for help have been one? Angels are everywhere, you just have to know where to look.

  • When Both Sides Hate
    8

    When Both Sides Hate

    3 years ago

    The recent tragedies that have occurred in Boston this past week have brought out a lot of America’s worst behaviors, and with good reason. Being attacked on America’s Homeland is not something that we are...

  • No Vanity Resolutions Here
    9

    No Vanity Resolutions Here

    3 years ago

    Don't add more stress to your life by trying to improve it for reasons of vanity. Take a hard look around you and see what is really important to you, and base your life's quality on those things.

  • There Is A Big Square J Tattooed On My Heart
    4

    There Is A Big Square J Tattooed On My Heart

    4 years ago

    The Square J was the tail insignia of the 390th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during WWII. My father flew 32 missions in a B-17, and his memory lives on forever in my heart.

  • I Know Most People Don't Like Change, But....
    23

    I Know Most People Don't Like Change, But....

    4 years ago

    Google Images I am not one to really get into politics and political issues, but to me, the writing is on the wall. We need something different than what is in the White House now. Romney may not be much better, but we...

  • The Dog Ate the Meat and Died
    8

    The Dog Ate the Meat and Died

    4 years ago

    This is not my original work. It is a story I heard many years ago. I just think it is funny. An affluent businessman that was away on a lengthy business trip came home recently to his palatial estate. His personal...

  • My Son, Lazarus
    10

    My Son, Lazarus

    4 years ago

    My thirty year old son Tim, the oldest of four grown kids, has for years had some mysterious problem with his heart. He would feel faint, his chest would ache, but by the time we got him to the emergency room, nothing...

  • There is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of
    10

    There is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

    4 years ago

    The state of the economy of today has caused many changes in the lifestyles of the American People. The once hoity-toity upper class has now become the middle class. The once stable middle class folks are now pushing...

  • 55 and Counting
    5

    55 and Counting

    4 years ago

    Life goes by so quickly! We need to learn to grab a few pieces of it as it whips by, lest we never get that chance over again.

  • The Lion in the Darkness
    8

    The Lion in the Darkness

    3 years ago

    In the late 90's and into the early 2000's, I was a patrol supervisor for Wells Fargo/Pinkerton Security in Orange County, (Southern) California. I routinely patrolled the Orange County toll roads which caused me to...

  • The Summers of My Life
    5

    The Summers of My Life

    4 years ago

    To a youngster, summertime is a release. Kids run for freedom when that last bell rings in June, as if they were a bird suddenly released from the confines of an aching metal ring, and the cage door was suddenly thrust...

  • And The Night Returns
    6

    And The Night Returns

    4 years ago

    I walked out this evening and stared at the night sky. I thought that I might be able to catch the remnants of Perseid, but perhaps not. Nevertheless, the stars were twinkling with random brightness in the inky...

  • The Humorous Side of Home Remedies
    7

    The Humorous Side of Home Remedies

    4 years ago

    Living for the last ten years here in the Appalachians of Northern Georgia, I have heard a lot of different things that I never would have heard elsewhere. Most of it is country lore, such as the time a man told me that...

  • Thoreau Would Have Eaten Mor Chikin'
    12

    Thoreau Would Have Eaten Mor Chikin'

    4 years ago

    “Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another”, or so goes the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau. It is a rationalization that anything that is inherently natural does not go against the grains of...

  • Who's Gonna Die First?
    6

    Who's Gonna Die First?

    4 years ago

    That was a question that I asked myself in regards to my own marriage shortly after my mom passed away in 1985. I looked at my wife, a mere child of 23 at the time, in perfect health. I compared her to myself, a then...

  • A Fish Story...or how to succeed in marriage without even trying.
    6

    A Fish Story...or how to succeed in marriage without even trying.

    4 years ago

    Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do if he wants to catch some fish. More often times his wife just has no sense of humor.

  • Hoodathunk?
    6

    Hoodathunk?

    4 years ago

    I was in my sophomore year in high school in 1973. Near the end of the school year, the seniors were all harvested into the auditorium to hear a motivational lecture on succeeding in life after high school. A group of...

  • Wait! Where Was I?
    7

    Wait! Where Was I?

    4 years ago

    I have a good number of unfinished manuscripts and blog articles that are just sitting here in my computer waiting to someday be completed. You may ask “why?” (but you probably won’t). It is sometimes...

  • Don't Forget to Say "I Love You".
    19

    Don't Forget to Say "I Love You".

    4 years ago

    Life is short. Make sure that you pass on to the kids what you have learned in life, and make sure that you never forget to tell your significant other those three magic words. They are immortal.

  • Of Plagiarism and Ice Cream
    12

    Of Plagiarism and Ice Cream

    4 years ago

    The HubPages has been plagued with plagiarism. Our articles or "hubs" have been copied, reformatted and re-published on other web sites. The bad thing is, if we try to click on those sites to complain, we are...

  • Meanwhile, Back in Lulawissie...
    3

    Meanwhile, Back in Lulawissie...

    4 years ago

    It has been awhile since I had shifted my day to day thoughts to one side and concentrated a little more on the good life here in this small town. It has been a busy weekend among the locals; they are celebrating the...

  • Gout, Veggies and Dr. Gerson
    9

    Gout, Veggies and Dr. Gerson

    4 years ago

    Around the 2nd week of February (2012), I was at a point in my life where I was too tired and too much in pain for just about anything. I had no energy, my joints were always hurting and I was under a constant state of...

  • Just Being Careful  (By Del Banks)
    6

    Just Being Careful (By Del Banks)

    4 years ago

    Just Being Careful By Del Banks I haven’t blogged in a while since I read Hunbbel Meer’s hub about another site stealing all of our work. I was hesitant, afraid of having my work plagiarized. How can...

  • Be Careful Where You Publish
    50

    Be Careful Where You Publish

    4 years ago

    Recently, I published a book with Publish America, an American publisher out of Baltimore. At first it was a dream come true that soon turned into a nightmare. Myself,along with thousands of other authors were taken...

  • My Basic Rules of Life
    10

    My Basic Rules of Life

    4 years ago

    Through the years (all 55 of them), I have experienced many things and have learned many lessons through personal experience and by watching others. There are a lot of these lessons that I try to live by day to day, but...

  • Things That Husbands Wish Their Wives Understood
    14

    Things That Husbands Wish Their Wives Understood

    4 years ago

    A man can be driven crazy by a wife that hasn't got a clue about anything. Husbands should rest assured that they are not alone. There are plenty of us out there that can sympathize with you.

  • Individualized Gout Treatment
    1

    Individualized Gout Treatment

    4 years ago

    If you have been following me, you know that I have been a long time gout sufferer. Over the course of the last few years, I have researched this malady over and over again, and astonishingly I have come up with...

  • Don't Eat the Sausage!
    5

    Don't Eat the Sausage!

    4 years ago

    During the few years that I spent as a utility butcher for a large Midwestern slaughterhouse, I had the opportunity to observe first-hand how a popular fast food chain’s sausage was made. The company I worked for...

  • Wild Caught vs. Farm Raised
    33

    Wild Caught vs. Farm Raised

    4 years ago

    With many years of experience dealing with fresh meat and seafood, I offer my insights and opinions on how to come home with the highest quality of fresh seafood available.

  • Stellar Customer Service
    4

    Stellar Customer Service

    4 years ago

    The company that I work for, The Lulawissie Gas and Grocery, has produced a number of training videos for its employees (or “associates” as they like to refer to them) to coach them in virtually every facet...

  • Bringing Home the Bacon
    0

    Bringing Home the Bacon

    4 years ago

    Being associated with the meat industry for several years, I have had the chance to learn a lot about meat quality, its health benefits and its ruins. I have heard stories of isolated incidents of mad cow disease,...

  • An Ivory Bill Woodpecker in My Yard
    0

    An Ivory Bill Woodpecker in My Yard

    4 years ago

    A short hub, to say the least. But I have to share with you the latest pictures of the Southeastern U.S.'s most elusive bird. I took these pictures out of my bathroom window while this critter was knocking away at an...

  • Cover Yourself
    3

    Cover Yourself

    4 years ago

    Years ago in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I was a district manager for a major security firm in Southern California. It was a salaried position that paid 40 hours, but I was on call 24/7, and frequently...

  • Maybe I'm Just Too Kind
    5

    Maybe I'm Just Too Kind

    4 years ago

    Some of you may have noticed that I have not posted anything for quite a while. I have been offline and somewhat incapacitated both physically and financially. You see, I had an accident at work that has cost me the use...

  • I Should Have Read The Book
    2

    I Should Have Read The Book

    5 years ago

    Upon my high School graduation in 1975, my late, great Cousin Dennis gave me a book to read as a graduation gift. I knew Dennis was coming to the ceremonies, and I was anticipating an expensive gift from him since he...

  • Dealing With Celiac Disease
    0

    Dealing With Celiac Disease

    4 years ago

    Sammie, my wife has had a plethora of health issues in the last few years, ranging from various tumors, both benign and otherwise to sinus infections and many other maladies. She has had trouble maintaining her weight...

  • Sammie's Autumn Chicken Bake
    0

    Sammie's Autumn Chicken Bake

    5 years ago

    Far be it from me to ever be qualified enough to decide to write an article about cooking. If any of you out there are now the grown up Boy Scouts from Troop 1201 of Fullerton, CA, you may remember my cooking skills...

  • Go To Jail, Someone Loses A Job
    1

    Go To Jail, Someone Loses A Job

    5 years ago

    I recently picked up a copy of the Goshen County Democrat, the once a week newspaper of our neighbors to the north. The headline read “Inmate Workforce Program Saving County Money”. It sounded interesting,...

  • Albert, The Babe and Jocko
    0

    Albert, The Babe and Jocko

    5 years ago

    Being a staunch fan of any American League team, particularly those in the western division and most particularly the Anaheim Angels, I have watched this year’s World Series games very attentively. The Texas...

  • Handicapped or Lazy?
    2

    Handicapped or Lazy?

    5 years ago

    Americans have gotten so fat and lazy anymore that they are willing to eat themselves into a disability than to try and change their lives for the better.

  • Re-Learning Church
    2

    Re-Learning Church

    4 years ago

    There is a big difference between the "educated religions" and the true Bible Belt theology that is preached all over America today. Take the time to re-tune your mind to be receptive to the messages.

  • "That's Okay, Dad. I'm Good."
    2

    "That's Okay, Dad. I'm Good."

    4 years ago

    The last of our kids left the nest this past June, when he got married to the girl from down the road. But even though Tim was the oldest and the one that has experienced (or endured) most of the fatherly advice that I...

  • Winter Fuel
    0

    Winter Fuel

    4 years ago

    As often as we can, Sammie and I try to attend the Wednesday Night Bible Study in the library down at the church. It is usually, sometimes, but not always, a spiritually enlightening experience. But for the most part,...

  • A Change in the Weather
    2

    A Change in the Weather

    5 years ago

    We finally achieved some cooler weather here in Lulawissie. We finally, after 3 months, got out of the 90’s and dipped into the low to mid 70’s overnight due to a tropical depression named “Lee”....

  • The Lulawissie Salmon
    0

    The Lulawissie Salmon

    5 years ago

    It wasn’t many days ago that Sammie and I sat down to a sumptuous fare of fresh wild-caught salmon. This time of year you don’t see much fresh wild caught salmon in the markets, and if you want a wild caught...

  • A Runaway Horse
    1

    A Runaway Horse

    5 years ago

    Lulawissie County is primarily rural in nature, and it is not uncommon to see a horse drawn surrey or a mule team pulling a wagon of melons. You frequently see folks on horseback riding in and out of town. But recently...

  • I Never Get to Finish a Sandwich Anymore
    6

    I Never Get to Finish a Sandwich Anymore

    3 years ago

    Having pets is a wonderful thing. It has been proven that people with cats or dogs live longer and more stress free than those that don't!

  • The New Physicians
    2

    The New Physicians

    5 years ago

    I haven’t been on much lately, there has been a lot going on in our lives here in Lulawissie. Stress can be a terrible thing and it can take a horrendous toll on your mind and body. We (Sammie and I) have been...

  • The Lulawissie Black Ball Watermelons
    6

    The Lulawissie Black Ball Watermelons

    4 years ago

    More than thirty or so years ago, Lulawissie County welcomed its first and only Asian-American family into our family of friends and neighbors here in the Deep South. Takeo Ishiro and his wife Toyo settled here from...

  • Driving Economically: How I Do It
    2

    Driving Economically: How I Do It

    5 years ago

    With the price of gasoline fluctuating, taking two steps up and one step down, I have found myself making some tough decisions. About a year and half ago, my wife and I bought a full sized pick-up truck. It was...

  • I cried When I Read the News
    1

    I cried When I Read the News

    4 years ago

    Call it silly, but a piece of my dad died today. The last flying Square J B-17,”The Liberty Belle” crashed today, June 13, 2011 near Chicago. My dad flew the Square J tail markings, on a plane called...

  • Are CoPayments Really Necessary?
    0

    Are CoPayments Really Necessary?

    5 years ago

    I have a pretty good PPO insurance plan through my employer. It covers just about anything I need it to cover, with modest co-pay for doctor visits and a double copayment if I have to see a specialist. I am at the...

  • Number 100
    0

    Number 100

    5 years ago

    Over the last 22 months, I have written about a myriad of topics from work related issues to my life here in Lulawissie. Some of the articles I wrote were interesting and some were not. Some were meant to be funny but...

  • Doggie Toothpaste
    0

    Doggie Toothpaste

    5 years ago

    Toothpaste for Dogs? The doctor had prescribed some Vicodin for me yesterday. As it turns out, I not only need a knee replacement, but a wrist replacement as well. It seems like I have been eating those things like...

  • What if Nixon Won in 1960?
    3

    What if Nixon Won in 1960?

    4 years ago

    A question was posed to me a couple of days ago, “What if Nixon won the 1960 election? Would the US have had a bigger part in the Vietnam War?” I can answer this, but I have enlisted the help of my...

  • Some People Get All the Breaks
    2

    Some People Get All the Breaks

    5 years ago

    The last time I actually lit up and puffed on a tobacco product was sometime around 1995 when I shared a cigar with my dad while fishing on a family farm pond in Missouri. His cigars always seemed...

  • What Can We Expect?
    2

    What Can We Expect?

    5 years ago

    What Can We Expect? Having yet another day off (with pay, I might add), my wife and I discussed a few pertinent points about our future. We discussed career changes and the required schooling to facilitate such...

  • Finding the Right Home For Your Puppies
    2

    Finding the Right Home For Your Puppies

    5 years ago

    If you are like me, you find it hard to find new adoptive homes for your litter of puppies. It is not that hard to do if you use a little discipline while seeking out the appropriate adoptive family for your young pet....

  • How to Shop for "Fresh" Seafood
    1

    How to Shop for "Fresh" Seafood

    5 years ago

    The "Fresh" seafood you think you are buying may not be so fresh. Most often, the frozen seafood is usually fresher than what's in the case. You'd be surprised what you can learn here!

  • More of What Not to Buy in the Meat Department
    2

    More of What Not to Buy in the Meat Department

    5 years ago

    Knowing what to steer clear of in your grocer's meat department is just as important as buying the right thing. Let me share my experience as a veteran butcher with you, you will be surprised!

  • Blackberry Winter Comes to Lulawissie
    0

    Blackberry Winter Comes to Lulawissie

    5 years ago

    I first heard the phrase "Blackberry winter" about 10 years ago. Since then I have always looked forward to these cooler days at the end of spring, just before the summer heat builds up. The term itself is a...

  • Organic Chicken...It's Your Call
    1

    Organic Chicken...It's Your Call

    5 years ago

    With the prices of everything going so high these days, it is a wonder we can afford to eat right anymore. Lately we have had to trim our grocery budget to be able to afford to buy gasoline to get to work to be able to...

  • A Fun Easter in Lulawissie
    0

    A Fun Easter in Lulawissie

    5 years ago

    It was a nice day for Easter Sunday this year. There was a ton of people out at Lakeshore Park and around the picnic area at the south end Marina. The weekend was kicked off on Saturday by an all town barbecue at the...

  • Experiencing Prejudice
    5

    Experiencing Prejudice

    5 years ago

  • Dogs and Butterflies are the Same to Me
    1

    Dogs and Butterflies are the Same to Me

    4 years ago

    It seems that in this part of the United States, there seems to be a reckless disregard for wildlife. I have written in the past about how one moron was recklessly killing bumblebees with his hat in a protected area of...

  • Is Gout Becoming Big Business?
    1

    Is Gout Becoming Big Business?

    5 years ago

    A month or two ago, I went into my pharmacy and asked for a refill of colchicine, the centuries old drug that has been used to fight gout and other maladies since the Roman times. Mike, my pharmacist, let me know that...

  • What Not to Buy at Your Grocery Store Meat Department
    6

    What Not to Buy at Your Grocery Store Meat Department

    5 years ago

    Every day that I work at the Lulawissie Gas and Grocery, I deal with people that want things cut up, filleted cubed, ground, chopped, etc. My company has decided that they will have us begin keeping many items in...

  • Is Lulawissie Going Nuclear?
    0

    Is Lulawissie Going Nuclear?

    5 years ago

    It seems that the Young Democrats Club from the Lulawissie Jr. College has been working overtime behind the scenes to bring nuclear power to Lulawissie County. The site that they have chosen for the new power plant is...

  • Noteworthy Fishing
    1

    Noteworthy Fishing

    5 years ago

    Sometime back around the mid to late 80’s, I worked as a Naturalist for one of the State Park Systems in the Midwest. The job didn’t pay well, but it involved being and working outdoors. I had a two year...

  • A 24 Hour Job
    4

    A 24 Hour Job

    5 years ago

    Our first of four children was born nearly thirty years ago. He is also the last to leave the nest, not counting a tour of duty in the Air Force. He is also a History major working toward his professorship. The other...

  • Springtime in Lulawissie
    3

    Springtime in Lulawissie

    5 years ago

    It is a fabulous time right now down here in Lulawissie. There has been a steady pattern of warm air, a few thunderstorms, and clear and warm sunny days. Spring is here at last! The town’s folks came out to...

  • Thomas Wolfe Had It Goin' On
    0

    Thomas Wolfe Had It Goin' On

    5 years ago

    In his posthumously published 1940 novel, Thomas Wolfe said a mouthful with the title alone, “You Can’t Go Home Again”. This title has become a catch-phrase of American speech to illustrate that once...

  • A Legacy
    4

    A Legacy

    5 years ago

    To put one’s thoughts on paper in a coherent fashion is no easy task. For some it comes easy, as it used to be for me. Since my stroke last April, I have had some difficulty concentrating and following my own...

  • Finding My Niche
    6

    Finding My Niche

    5 years ago

    I was sitting in my truck last night at the Lulawissie Twin Drive-In Theater, and while Sammy and I were waiting for the cartoon to start, I browsed through my emails on my not so smart phone. I came across an older one...

  • Back to Lulawissie
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    Back to Lulawissie

    5 years ago

    Back to Lulawissie It has been a pretty harsh winter this go-around down here in Lulawissie County. The Lake nearly froze completely over this time, except for the area on the upper end where the river comes in. We...

  • Celestial Fallout is Not Covered
    0

    Celestial Fallout is Not Covered

    5 years ago

    We have just recently changed insurance companies for both our home and our autos. The rate we got from the people that “are on our side” was much better than when we were being insured by a reptile. When we...

  • It's Another Valentine's Day
    0

    It's Another Valentine's Day

    5 years ago

    This is definitely a “holiday” for the ladies. I mean the guys get their “benefit” too, seeing how there are a lot more babies born in mid-November than in any other month. Two of my kids are...

  • People Can Be Cruel
    0

    People Can Be Cruel

    5 years ago

    With Mark Twain being one of my favorite authors, it is no wonder that I have, like him, become more observant of human nature. Being in the grocery business, I have a grand opportunity to see and observe others from...

  • Sheriff John Taught Me Well
    2

    Sheriff John Taught Me Well

    4 years ago

    Sheriff John was an icon to the kids growing up in Southern California in the 1950's and 1960's. There has never been quality children's programming like this since!

  • Some Things Aren't Meant to be Understood
    1

    Some Things Aren't Meant to be Understood

    5 years ago

    From NASCAR to golf to shopping for a computer...some things just don't make sense.

  • The Crow and the Young Child
    3

    The Crow and the Young Child

    5 years ago

    Sometimes the humor found in nature can really make your day. This is a true story of how one day a crow decided to help himself to a small child's lunch.

  • They Say I Need to Find My Marbles
    1

    They Say I Need to Find My Marbles

    5 years ago

    I enjoy a good bit of humor. I mean, who doesn’t. I enjoy writing and creating scenarios that cause others to take a double look, or think twice about what is going on. My family thinks that I am losing it, that...

  • Scorpions Aren't As Charismatic as You Might Think
    3

    Scorpions Aren't As Charismatic as You Might Think

    5 years ago

    Sometimes I like to sit down and look around me at all of the people that I surround myself with. I watch my family, my co-workers, my supervisors and even perfect strangers. I have come to notice that everyone’s...

  • What a Fun Day
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    What a Fun Day

    5 years ago

    This is an excerpt from an older blog from 2009: My day off today was…interesting. At 4am I was awakened by six young dogs howling and barking at the side door. Donning a sweatshirt and my sweatpants, I went...

  • You Should Keep Your Bazooka in the Closet
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    You Should Keep Your Bazooka in the Closet

    5 years ago

    I’ve always been one to try to help others as much as I could, in whatever way that I could. It’s a conscience thing, and even though some people hold to the truths of Karma, I just simply believe that...

  • Piano Man Psychology
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    Piano Man Psychology

    5 years ago

    From a paper I wrote in college: “Now John at the bar is a friend of mine. He gets me my drinks for free. And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke, but there’s someplace that...

  • Depression: Deal With It.
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    Depression: Deal With It.

    5 years ago

    This is a tough one to write about. Writing about one’s own depression in a public venue is not the easiest thing in the world to do. But just as writing is a source of therapy for me, writing about the...

  • Spring Training: Reading the Water
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    Spring Training: Reading the Water

    5 years ago

    If you are a baseball fan, you know that spring training is just around the corner, and the regular season will start soon afterwards. If you are an avid fisherman as I am, our “spring training” is now. As...

  • Mr. Clemons Must Be Spinning Like a Top
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    Mr. Clemons Must Be Spinning Like a Top

    4 years ago

    I grew up in Southwest-South Central Los Angeles in the late fifties and through the sixties, a racially turbulent time. I can remember sitting on the roof of my parent’s home in Inglewood and watching the fires...

  • Another Culture Shock for Me....
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    Another Culture Shock for Me....

    5 years ago

    It has been nearly 8 years since I moved to the Deep South, and perhaps I am still suffering from a “culture shock” of sorts, but it just seems to me that common sense dictates to us some pretty simple...

  • Separation Anxiety within Dogs
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    Separation Anxiety within Dogs

    5 years ago

    I asked the question "Do Dogs Suffer From Anxiety Attacks?", and received some very good answers. I was asking this on behalf of one of my dogs, Tinkerbelle, who seems to have some separation anxiety when it...

  • "They Just Swam Out and Disappeared!"
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    "They Just Swam Out and Disappeared!"

    5 years ago

    This is a true story of an incident that occurred back in the late 70’s or early 80’s. Living in Southern California, we all had an abundance of recreational activities available to us, anything from...

  • "Get 'em, Girls!"
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    "Get 'em, Girls!"

    4 years ago

    It has finally come to pass that President Obama has repealed Bill Clinton’s policy regarding the recruitment of gays in the military. The policy was meant to give the gays and lesbians a chance to serve in the...

  • Riding on the Devil's Horse
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    Riding on the Devil's Horse

    5 years ago

    Over the years I have seen many fishing lures come and go. My dad had an old tackle box that was filled with a lot of the old time lures, jigs like the Hula Popper, or the Jitterbug, the Bomber-A, and the Chug-Bug....

  • Homeless In a Resort Hotel
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    Homeless In a Resort Hotel

    2 years ago

    I was prompted to write this blog by another Hub blogger’s article on how we should treat the homeless when we are confronted by their situation. Are they real? Do we trust them? Should we help them? Granted,...

  • It's Wintertime! Time to Start Thinking About Springtime Fishing
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    It's Wintertime! Time to Start Thinking About Springtime Fishing

    6 years ago

    The best time to begin thinking about early spring fishing is now…in the dead of winter! (Well, it’s not quite the dead of winter yet, but it is beginning to get darned cold here in the Appalachians! Now...

  • The Diary of a Gout Attack
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    The Diary of a Gout Attack

    6 years ago

      Monday, 8am: I arrive at work feeling really good. I have had very little joint pain over the last few days. It might be safe to eat a hamburger at lunch. I have taken my medicine today, so why not? 12:45pm:...

  • Please Give Us A Break
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    Please Give Us A Break

    6 years ago

    I spend 40 plus hours a week at my job, working for a company that claims that both shopping and working there is an enjoyable experience. We are paid to cater to and kiss the butts of the rudest and most demanding...

  • Living With Gout: A Lesson in Self Discipline
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    Living With Gout: A Lesson in Self Discipline

    6 years ago

    It has been more than 30 years since my first gout attack. Through a lot of research and self discipline, I have been able to deal with it comfortably with little or no pain.

  • The Other White Meat May Eventually Kill You
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    The Other White Meat May Eventually Kill You

    2 years ago

    There is a reason that many cultures do not eat pork. Although it is a very enjoyable meat to serve, it is probably the worst thing that you can put in your body!

  • A Live Ivory Bill in Rehab
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    A Live Ivory Bill in Rehab

    5 years ago

    We had thought for while that the local Ivory Bill population had dwindled because of the time of year, but it seems that they left their nests at Malone’s Cove and migrated out to Fahy’s Island for the...

  • Airplane? My Butt!
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    Airplane? My Butt!

    4 years ago

    Airplane? My Butt! I grew up in Southern California during the sixties and seventies. It was a common thing for me to hear a high flying jet and look up to see a B-52 flying over on its routine SAC Mission, or to see...

  • Sweet Beef
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    Sweet Beef

    6 years ago

    The country folks that live in the rural areas outside of the Lulawissie Township seldom come into town for their regular grocery shopping, lest it be for dry goods. There are many suppliers of fresh goods out in the...

  • The Lulawissie Harvest Fair (So Far)
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    The Lulawissie Harvest Fair (So Far)

    5 years ago

    I’m sorry that I have neglected my duties to you readers as to the on goings in our community, as I told you before I was down with the flu, but since then I have traveled to the West Coast to participate in a...

  • Dr. Laura's Religion
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    Dr. Laura's Religion

    4 years ago

    Readers: I am sure that this has been printed before, and I am in no way taking credit for it, I just thought it was funny and I wanted to post it. On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant...

  • On the Lake: Views of Lake Lulawissie
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    On the Lake: Views of Lake Lulawissie

    6 years ago

    Samantha and I spent the day on walking around the shoreline at Lake Lulawissie today. There isn't much to write about except that this is our home. We have a lakefront home just a short walk away from the South End...

  • When Is It Okay to Rent-To-Own?
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    When Is It Okay to Rent-To-Own?

    6 years ago

    The Rent-To-Own industry has flourished exponentially in the last twenty years or so. And depending on what state you are from, it can be a very profitable business venture for the RTO owner and a very dismal one for...

  • Is My House Haunted?
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    Is My House Haunted?

    6 years ago

    What an interesting question that I had to finally consider asking myself. We live in an old farmhouse here in the Deep South. We are surrounded by 62 acres of woods, orchards and grasslands. The former owners of...

  • At O'Brien's Ferry
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    At O'Brien's Ferry

    6 years ago

    I have been away from my position here at the Lulawissie Gas and Grocery for some time. My services were needed at our sister market down at O’Brien’s Ferry, as they have been in need of a meat department...

  • Badegg Photography II
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    Badegg Photography II

    6 years ago

    Nothing has intrigued me more since I moved to the Southern countryside than the wide variety of fungi that grows in the Southeastern forests. I am not one to identify which fungus is which, which mushroom is...

  • What are Wal-Mart's Priorities?
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    What are Wal-Mart's Priorities?

    6 years ago

    In the early 1990’s, some people I know took their nephew in to live with them since he really had no where else to go. He had just been released from a short stint in a county jail in...

  • On Another Pond
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    On Another Pond

    4 years ago

    We are having a short “Indian Summer” here in the Lulawissie Hills. Just when you think that the lakes and ponds are about to turn over, they hang on just a little bit longer. The fall breezes mixed with the...

  • Badegg Photography
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    Badegg Photography

    6 years ago

    I have always enjoyed photography. My older brother bought himself a cheap plastic camera when he was in high school and I watched him as he set up each picture to get the best results. In 1969 he eventually earned and...

  • How to Shop for Red Meat
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    How to Shop for Red Meat

    2 years ago

    If you don't know what you are really looking for when you go meat shopping, you may end up unhappy. Learn how to save money and get the most out of your beef purchase. You can also learn how to avoid the money making...

  • What if Someone Threw a War and Nobody Came?
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    What if Someone Threw a War and Nobody Came?

    3 years ago

    Eisenhower knew back then that war was big business and that America was one of the biggest participants in the all out effort to keep the economy stimulated by participating in world wide warfare.

  • Deep Thoughts of Doyle Smith
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    Deep Thoughts of Doyle Smith

    4 years ago

    A few years ago, my wife and I rented a piece of land with a cottage from an older couple named Doyle and Helen. Daily conversations with Doyle were inevitable, as he was a very sociable man. Below I have compiled some...

  • Happy Memories
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    Happy Memories

    6 years ago

    This incident happened way back in my childhood, i'm guessing around 1965 or 66. I was about 8 or 9 and my brother was 14 or 15. We were left home alone for the first time while our mother went out for awhile. The rhyme...

  • Perino's
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    Perino's

    22 months ago

    Perino's Restaurant was a famous Golden Age of Hollywood restaurant in Los Angeles from the 1930's to the early 80's. My grandfather was the chef and part owner until his death in 1967.

  • Missed Flight
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    Missed Flight

    4 years ago

    Fate has a funny way of rearing it's ugly head. If it is your time to go, there may be nothing you can do about it!

  • Our Location
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    Our Location

    4 years ago

    I have received several inquiries as to the exact location of Lulawissie. The answer is very easy; we are in the heart of Dixie, smack dab in the middle of Lulawissie County. Not too far from Atlanta, Charleston and...

  • Ivory Bill Confusion: Revisited
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    Ivory Bill Confusion: Revisited

    5 years ago

    Our visiting Aquatics Biologist and Ornithology hobbyist has determined that the dead woodpecker found out on Rockhead Island was indeed an Ivory Billed Woodpecker. “It was a fantastic specimen!” Rickey...

  • Southern Thunder
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    Southern Thunder

    4 years ago

    I laid in my bed and watched the lightning flash on the far hillsides. The distant rumblings of thunder echoed in the valleys and sometimes gave a slight rattle to the windows. I knew the storm was coming closer, and I...

  • A Tsunami Spring
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    A Tsunami Spring

    5 years ago

    Tsunami Spring It was the end of the year, that last week between Christmas and New Year’s when the weather in the Southern Appalachian Mountains turns crisp and cold one more time. The icicles were hung from...

  • A Rapture?
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    A Rapture?

    6 years ago

    I paid the mechanic for his work. Luckily it was only a minor repair, just the replacement of the spark plug wires, so it didn't cost much. I was glad to hear that the car would run much better now. This wet weather had...

  • The Game Warden
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    The Game Warden

    6 years ago

    A young and energetic game warden arrived in a small rural town early one morning. He walked into the Fish and Game office eagerly anticipating his new assignment. He cheerfully greeted the current elder officer with an...

  • People, Groundhogs and other Varmints
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    People, Groundhogs and other Varmints

    4 years ago

    There is a groundhog that lives at the end of my street. I call him "Gus". I see him almost every day as I pass by on my way to work. He isn't very old, and he seems to be very curious about all that is around...

  • Big Fish in a Small Pond
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    Big Fish in a Small Pond

    4 years ago

    You don't always need the biggest lures to catch the biggest fish. There is an art to fishing the farm ponds successfully, and what I can show you may surprise you...

  • Ivory Bill Confusion
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    Ivory Bill Confusion

    4 years ago

    The local birdwatchers group here in Lulawissie has raised enough of a controversy over the local woodpecker population, you’d think they were a local chapter of PETA (which is not allowed in Lulawissie). It seems...

  • The Transition
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    The Transition

    4 months ago

    Imagine a time in the not too distant future where the human race and all of it's advanced technology suddenly meets it's match and is thrust into alien slavery, and we "enjoy" it. It could happen!

  • In Search of the Elusive Mussy Puscle
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    In Search of the Elusive Mussy Puscle

    4 years ago

    Every man that has been there knows that the Mussy Puscle can be elusive, but it is not completely out of reach. Enjoy this humorous point of view on keeping the magic alive.

  • Pavlov's Busboy
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    Pavlov's Busboy

    6 years ago

    What an interesting weekend. It was pretty busy for me, I got a lot done, but at the same time I didn’t. I had a list of things that I wanted to accomplish on this 4 day hiatus, but Carla seemed to have a list as...

  • Why Do I Call Myself "The Bad Egg"?
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    Why Do I Call Myself "The Bad Egg"?

    4 years ago

    It’s simple. It was the name of my father’s plane. In 1942, my dad joined the USAAF (United States Army Air Force). After boot camp, gunnery and bomber training in a B-17, he was sent to an 8thAir Force...

  • Lulawissie: Secrets Unearthed?
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    Lulawissie: Secrets Unearthed?

    6 years ago

    On the way to work this morning I was admiring the full moon hanging low over the lake and I watched it as I drove, peeking in and out of the pine trees. I felt that it deserved a mention in my articles, as I was...

  • W.H. Eaton
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    W.H. Eaton

    5 years ago

    William Patrick Herlihy Eaton came to this country in 1922 from Ireland with his mother, Mary Kate Herlihy Eaton. They took that long voyage by steamship, as most of the immigrants back then did, and young William...

  • The Lulawissie Gas and Grocery
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    The Lulawissie Gas and Grocery

    4 years ago

    I have spent a considerable amount of time mentioning the Gas and Grocery store that I work for, and have even given a history of the man that started it, but I have never really gone into talking about the store...

  • My Life in Lulawissie
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    My Life in Lulawissie

    6 years ago

     As I had written before, I had arrived in Lulawissie for the second time in 2002. My wife of nearly 30 years wanted to spend her time living near her dad, and I figured that she deserved that (not being a...

  • Lulawissie Sports
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    Lulawissie Sports

    6 years ago

     The baseball game last Saturday was one for the books. It went into extra innings, 15 to be exact, because the pitcher (that was pitching for both teams because of a player shortage) was throwing a perfect...

  • Where is Lulawissie?
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    Where is Lulawissie?

    4 years ago

    Lulawissie Township has quite a large number of civic organizations for such a small population. It would appear that with such a small population, that everyone in the community would belong to at least one club....

  • Some Say Tomato and Some Say "Mater"
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    Some Say Tomato and Some Say "Mater"

    6 years ago

    This bee was carelessly killed by an ignorant moron moments after this picture was taken. My dad taught me a lot about “horse sense”, about the basics of life. By “basics”, I mean the common...

  • I'm Waiting For The Giraffes
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    I'm Waiting For The Giraffes

    4 years ago

    Sarah, my 26 year old disabled daughter and I were walking Wyatt through the orchard yesterday. Wyatt enjoys his walks, he likes to sniff out the deer that have been there to eat the apples. What was odd was that the...

  • A Minute Ago Yesterday: A Short Story
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    A Minute Ago Yesterday: A Short Story

    3 years ago

    Love isn't always what it seems, but when you love someone so deeply that you can never let go once that person is gone, you begin to ponder what once was.

  • Second Amendment Mentality
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    Second Amendment Mentality

    4 years ago

    Having been in the retail grocery business for many years I was able to see a lot of different people traversing through my store. I would see how people dress when they go to work, how they dress on the weekends, and...

  • Running Behind
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    Running Behind

    4 years ago

    Charles Darwin was in reality a world renowned Scatologist that had published many papers on the subject of Scatology. However in the 19th century, his area of expertise was not yet a prominent field among his fellow...

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