Sweeping The Yards

Sweeping the Yard

Sweeping the yard? What is that?
I dare say that there are few people under about 50 years old that have any idea about sweeping the yard. They have no point of reference, have never seen it done and certainly have never done it themselves. But it was a normal part of life in Sandy Point and the rural South in years past.
In my neighborhood, and probably yours, people spend a lot of time and money on their yards. Grass of various varieties are used to insure there is a well-groomed and plush green yard and just about every day there is a truck loaded with lawnmowers, weed eaters and edgers and blowers with their loud noises that can awaken the dead making sure that everything is perfect. Sprinkler systems spraying water across the yard to quench the thirst of the grass and flowers are using one of our most precious resources to just make grass grow so that we can cut, mow, trim and brag on a regular basis. Of course, some grass prevents erosion and serves a greater need.
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I See


I see is something we say all the time. “Oh, yes, I see.”

We grow up learning little expressions and sayings that are perfectly natural to us and probably to those around us. There was a time when so called bad words were not used in the presence of small children because they tend to repeat the bad ones just like they do cat and dog and mommy and daddy. Often that occurs at the most possibly embarrassing moment. I don’t know if that rule is still in effect.

As a result, we sometimes do not think about the unlikely nature of the phrase we are using. Phrases like “I see”. That phrase has nothing to do with eyesight and may very well be used by a person who cannot literally see anything but has come to mean understanding or comprehension of whatever is being said or demonstrated, etc. A person may hear a speech or lecture or an explanation about string theory and simply reply, “I see.” Though, technically, they do not see but more precisely understand.
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Air Conditioning


Air Conditioning

Hot in Sandy Point

According to Wikipedia:

In 1820, English scientist and inventor Michael Faraday discovered that compressing and liquefying ammonia could chill air when the liquefied ammonia was allowed to evaporate. In 1842, Florida physician John Gorrie used compressor technology to create ice, which he used to cool air for his patients in his hospital in Apalachicola, Florida. He hoped to eventually use his ice-making machine to regulate the temperature of buildings. He even envisioned centralized air conditioning that could cool entire cities. Though his prototype leaked and performed irregularly, Gorrie was granted a patent in 1851 for his ice-making machine.[9] His hopes for its success vanished soon afterwards when his chief financial backer died; Gorrie did not get the money he needed to develop the machine. According to his biographer, Vivian M. Sherlock, he blamed the “Ice King”, Frederic Tudor, for his failure, suspecting that Tudor had launched a smear campaign against his invention. Dr. Gorrie died impoverished in 1855, and the idea of air conditioning went away for 50 years.


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I walked out on the front stoop a few days back and looked up in the corner underneath the trim boards and saw what I thought was a new bird nest being built. I had problems there several times over the years and the birds really made a mess on the front so I have tried to prevent any more nests being constructed there. I went to get my step ladder to get up and see what was going on.

I had placed a large water bottle there to take up the space and that had worked for the past few years. When I moved it to see what was happening, I was face to face with a large wasp nest under construction. And, several angry wasps.
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On The Other Hand

On The Other Hand

For many years, our company represented a large respected manufacturer, the largest in the industry at the time, and they were headquartered in Pennsylvania Amish country. Every December, they would have a major sales convention and most years they were at their corporate offices. Sometimes they were in places like Marco Island or Boca Raton, but they had great Broadway type presentations with singers and dancers and large stage sets. They would have a theme and the one I remember most was Aquarius from Hair. It was a memorable presentation, to say the least. Only the 5th Dimension could have done better. The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
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Living and Dying

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Living and Dying

Hebrews 9:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

“Dying is not the issue…….. It’s living too long that makes for problems.”
H. Jerome Chapman 2016

No doubt, the statement above will be argued by some and denounced by others. Who would say such a thing!? The medical profession is proud when it can point to more and people who have reached a triple digit birthday.
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Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible
The Little Tractor That Could

There was a TV show in the late 60’s starring Peter Graves called Mission Impossible and the team was given instructions for top secret and extremely difficult missions on tapes that self-destructed after Mr. Phelps listened to them. If they chose to accept the missions, they were on their own and could expect no help.
Life has been like that for some people. They accepted difficult assignments and responsibilities and found they were on their own and they didn’t realize they had a choice. Such was the life of most Americans in the “good old days”. Today, if you don’t like your job or career choice, or you spouse, just change. The thinking was different once upon a time and the choices in rural America were limited.
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Bullying and the Bully



Recently I have been seeing a lot on TV, on the internet, and in magazines about “Bullying”. I see a theme running through all these. The bullied individual may use diplomacy, may just walk away from the situation, or just learn to “understand” that the person that is bullying them needs attention or to boost their own self esteem by running roughshod over the other party.The “Bully” may or may not wish to go along with any of these solutions.
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Red Tail Hawk


The Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk in The City

As far back as I can remember, seeing a hawk in flight was something that caused people to stop and watch. In the country, without the noise of the city to drown them out, you could hear the shrill sound of the hawk as they glided high on the wind and hunted for food with their super keen eyesight. Then, on occasion, you would see them go into a high speed dive to attack their prey at a dizzying speed. In a moment, they would reappear with a mouse, a rabbit, or maybe a snake in their talons. Dinner is served!
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The Rolling Store

The Rolling Store

Life in the rural South in the 40’s was a little different than today. Kids today are growing up using an iPhone and tablets and laptops and are ordering from Amazon and iTunes routinely without so much as a second thought. I have come to using iTunes and other online gift cards as a solution to the birthday and Christmas present problems. In the rural South in the 40’s, none of that stuff existed.
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