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Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."

I'm a hope'n this column finds ya in "Good Spirits" and enjoy'n life as it presents itself.


At the time of this write'n we seem to still be in need of a good rain shower. Most parts of our area of Western Illinois missed what seemed ta be some fairly good opportunities ta receive a good drink of rain fer their crops.

Oh well, I reckon the good Lord knows what's best fer crops and mankind alike so we should simply trust his judgement and be satisfied.

Enterest'n Thoughts

A friend of ours gave the follow'n thoughts, see what ya think of em:

I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return...So...While we have's best we love it....And care for it....And fix it when it's broken..........And heal it when it's sick.

This is true. For marriage......And old cars.....And children with bad report cards.....And dogs with bad hips.....And aging parents.....And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.....And so, we keep them close!

So there ya have it then, I received this from someone who thinks I am a "keeper', so I'm share'n it with the people I think of in the same way-The "Quill readers".

Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!

I kinda think these thoughts have been around fer a spell and perhaps ya've run across em before. Anyways, they are yet worth share'n fer your enjoyment.

Have ya ever heard the lyrics "To The Wife song" by Tim Hawkins? They're kinda cute and may be appropriate fer Fathers Day come'n up next Sunday, June 19th. When put ta song, the audience turns ta hilarious belly laughs more often than not.

Things You Don't Say To Your Wife

"Hey honey have you gained some weight in your rear-end?

"That dress you wear reminds me of my old girlfriend

"And where'd you get those shoes? I think they're pretty lame

"Would you stop talking "cause I'm trying to watch the game

"If you're a man who wants to live a long and happy life

"These are the things you don't say to your wife

"I planned a hunting trip next week on your birthday

"I didn't ask you "cause I knew it'd be OK

"Go make some dinner while I watch this fishing show

"I taped it over our old wedding video

"If you're a man who wants to live a long and happy life

"These are the things you don't say to your wife

"Your cooking is OK but not like mother makes

"The diamond in the ring I bought you is a fake

"Your eyes look puffy dear, are you feeling ill?

"Happy anniversary I bought you a treadmill

"If you're a man who wants to live a long and happy life

"These are the things you don't say to your wife

"If you're a man who doesn't want to get killed with a knife

"These are the things you don't say to your wife"

That song not only is intended fer humor, but it causes a feller ta pause and think fer a spell.

Flag Day is this week, Fathers Day is next Sunday and Monday, June 20th, is the longest daylight day of the year, and the first day of summer. It's downhill on daylight fer the rest of the summer.

Have a good rest of the week and take time ta visit a friend, neighbor, or relative just ta strengthen your relationship.

Hope'n ta see ya in church this week.

Remember, wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later