The Christmas Gift

I get inspiration when I work. No activity is more inspiring than working quietly with cattle; no tractor, no engine noises-just a pitchfork and me. I like to sing, hum or whistle while I work and my recent play list is mostly Christmas music. One of those poorly-sung songs really made me “choke-up” and made…
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Twas All But A Dream

Twas all but a dream We’ve helped my mother in-law decorate her lawn for Christmas for the last several years. This year she did it by herself because her children and children in-laws were busy (and we’re a little lazy.) Anyway, I’ve always written new lyrics to a traditional Christmas song to describe hanging lights…
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Allow Me To Introduce Myself

Hello, I will be your columnist today, my name is Grant Nelson. It would be nice to develop a relationship as quickly as a waiter does with those he serves. As a new columnist here at "Area Voices,” it may take longer for us to warm up to one another. I want to tell you a little…
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Frozen Water

There are two words that I despise when used in conjunction. These two words are fine by themselves; however I have an almost physical reaction to them when they are both placed in the same room. These words are water and cold; used together they are the stuff of nightmares for me. I was working…
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Surviving Winter

I’ve always said that I spend the summer getting ready for winter. It is not an extremely exciting practice, but it works pretty well for me. For those folks who do not share this philosophy, this column is for you. I also have some common sense when it comes to approaching winter that I wish…
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