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April 17, 2013

April showers bring May flowers

Northside News

RICHMOND — It certainly looks like rain this morning, and I will consider the showers a blessing for freshly-planted gardens everywhere in Madison County.

I have seen neighbors planting small gardens all over the northern end of the county.

Only yesterday, I tucked my four varieties of tomatoes into their safe, dirt homes, knowing life-giving rain was predicted for today.

Although I plan to plant some mustard greens and hot peppers, I have to smile to think of my postage-stamp garden in relation to the football-field size gardens my parents planted when I was a small child.

You see, I was reared in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and it was only natural for every family to raise most of what they ate, including their own meat.

Teasingly, I penned in the two books I have authored, “Tales from the hills and hollers of Eastern Kentucky” and “More Tales from the hills and hollers of Eastern Kentucky,” that I had a long-handled gardening hoe with my name on it.

Actually, it didn’t have to have my name on it, my finger impressions were worn into the soft wood of that hoe handle until no one else could comfortably use it, anyhow.

I have to smile, thinking how small, gasoline tillers have replaced the workhorses of yesterday.

I suppose the “gees and haws” (right and left commands of a horse) are a language of yesteryear and have long-since given way to the steady hums of the gasoline engines of tillers and tractors of today.

Ahh! Progress. Who does not like an easier way of doing things?  

Many people from Mount Pleasant Christian Church met at the Smokehouse Grill in Berea and enjoyed a wonderful lunch together after services this past Sunday. I am told they had wonderful fellowship and lots of good food.

I was so sorry to have to miss out on all the fun, guys. I had a family birthday dinner to attend.

Speaking of birthdays, a belated happy birthday greeting goes out to Allison Wilson, April 14.

Also, wishes for a happy birthday go out to Glenna Daff, April 17; Jackson Biggs, April 19; and Jenimarie Sowers, April 20.

May God bless each of you with a wonderful day with friends and family.

The old adage for the week is as follows: “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.” Proverbs 26:11.

Please contact me with church and community news and your special days. I truly enjoy putting your news, events and birthdays in the limelight.

E-mail me at or call me at 527-0411.

Until next week, May God bless you and yours.

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