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Columns

  • Harley can’t take time off

    By SLIM RANDLES
    When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc.
    Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer.   Ol’ Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks.
    When he’d been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict.

  • Windy Wilson gets fired up

    By SLIM RANDLES

    You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.
    Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience.

  • Natural Wakulla

    By Les Harrison

  • Scarlet Morning Glory is tough to control

    By LES HARRISON

  • Scuba gear: renting vs. buying.

    By Katie Adams

  • Life’s Outtakes: Learning from shoes

    By DARIS HOWARD

      One day when I was in my mid-teens, I was helping an older lady from our community. Leona was a widow and almost ninety. She lived alone and still took care of herself. But there was some yard work that was hard for her to do, so my parents would send me to help her now and then.
    One day when I finished the yard work she needed to have done, she offered me some lemonade. I accepted it gratefully. I wiped the sweat from my face and sat down on her step to enjoy the refreshment. She sat in a lawn chair close to me.

  • What lazy days?

    While 2019 has just inched into its second half, I think it’s worth pointing out that in a real way, it’s almost over.
    The June 21 solstice announced summer’s official arrival with the longest day of the year, but that means the days are slowly getting shorter and shorter, in an inevitable process that won’t improve until the winter solstice a few days before Christmas.

  • Hurricane season is back

    Despite being clever enough to organize a family evacuation for Irma in 2017 that took five adults, two teenagers, three dogs and three cats to an AirBnB in Vicksburg, Miss., to avoid that storm, for a variety of reasons involving stubbornness, optimism and work, no one in the family wanted to leave town last year during  Hurricane Michael.
    That’s how three of us wound up Oct. 10 in a hurricane shelter in Gadsden County, and my parents sat at home a few miles away watching trees go down around them, all miraculously falling away from their house.

  • Windy gives graduation speech

    By SLIM RANDLES

    Greetings to you, graduates from this here high school, and your families out there who don’t have no caps and gowns like this here one I got and the kids got.
    It is a memorizin’ day when people reach this millstone in their lives, and thass why we’re here to celebrate their futures and culminate stuff down from their prehistory.

  • For Father’s Day, remember men are caregivers too

    From Big Bend Hospice

    Historically, women are the primary caregiver in most families. However, research shows that 40 percent of men are caregivers.
    Whether it is taking care of his parents, his wife, his children, or just a friend, many men these days are finding themselves in the role of taking care of a loved one. The challenging part of being a male caregiver is the majority are still working full time, head of household, and perceived as naturally non-nurturing.