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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: Fun Times Ahead, From One Friend To Another

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


There's lots of fun things a come'n up around these parts.

The Henderson County 4-H Fair will be held in Stronghurst July 27-29.

July 26 is family night with free admission, thanks to the Bank of Stronghurst.

A free farmers breakfast will be given on the fairgrounds from 6:30 to 8 a.m. by the Bank of Stronghurst in appreciation of the efforts and hard work of the people involved in farming and ag related businesses.

The 89th annual Gladstone Homecoming will be held July 27-29.

It provides, amongst other things, lots of good food, nightly music on stage along with other entertainment, amusement carnival nightly, and of course, the opportunity ta visit with friends and old acquaintances.

The 50th Western Illinois annual Threshers show will be held August 4-6th at Hamilton.

This is always a great time with flea market type vendors and an opportunity ta see how things once was.

Friday, August 4th, is cruise night in Maple City (Monmouth). They have great food, live music, and over 2,000 cars on display.

This is the biggest cruise in central Illinois with fun for the whole family.

And, of course, August 5th, La Harpe will have their 19th annual Classic Car Show Reunion. Opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m. by military and Boy Scouts.

After La Harpe, ya can drive ta Macomb ta Cruise and Park night around Macomb's historic square.

Who sez there's noth'n ta do in Western Illinois? This is a fun time come'n up.

From One Friend To Another

Now for some enterest'n thoughts written by Andy Rooney, from one friend ta another.

Mr. Roony had a gift for say'n much with few words.

I've learned..That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned..That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned..That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned..That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned..That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned..That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned..That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in any other way.

I've learned..That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned..That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned..That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned..That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned..That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned..That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned..That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned..That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned..That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned..That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned..That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned..That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned..That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them

I've learned..That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned..That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned..That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned..That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I've learned..That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned..That. a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned..That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you're hooked for life.

I've learned..That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned..That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

There ya have it then, some enterest'n thoughts put together with the opportunity ta dwell on fer a spell.

That's it fer this week. Enjoy your opportunities and take time ta visit with a friend or two.

Have a good rest of the week.

Hope'n ta see ya in church.

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

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke