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James R. Stout

Blog posts May 2020

High School Harry Graduates

            On Friday May 29, 2020, it will be the 46th anniversary of my graduation from high school. So much has been said via the TV news, Facebook, Yahoo and Google news, and other places how terrible it is that most of the high school graduations this year have either been canceled o…

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Ripples

            On part of our family property there is a fairly large pond or tank that is fed by an artesian well. The artesian spring was first discovered in 1964 when an oil company was doing some sounding and up through the ground came a bubbling crude. Clear and clean artesian water that is. My gr…

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My Top 10 War Movies In Honor of Memorial Day

            Although the past few months have at times seemed to drag by, the truth is when you’re retired time seems to go by faster each day. At least, it has for me. Frankly, I’m amazed that it’s already Memorial Day weekend. It seems like yesterday that we were just starting the whole pandemic n…

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Eddie Haskell, The Panther, and The Timex Man

            Let’s face it. We’ve all done something like this. Made a joke about getting old. Perhaps we’ll use a phrase like, “Getting old isn’t for sissies”. The truth is we don’t pay it much attention until we get to a certain point. Oh, I remember thinking that I was “getting old” when I turned …

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Jack and Raymond: Back to Back

              Raymond was an “old” nine-year-old. “Old” meaning he was wise for his young years. To his younger brother Jack, he was not only wise, but also a fierce protector of his younger brother. Jack was just six-years-old at the time and looked up to his big brother for wisdom and guidance. He…

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Cows and Baths

            I’ve been around cows much of my life. I’m not a “cowboy” and I wouldn’t want to wrangle the critters for a living. But I couldn’t help but notice some things about cows. As big as they are and as fat as they are, they can go places that you just wouldn’t think it would be possible. I’ve…

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