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Jim's Jottings

Merry Christmas, From The Grandkids

(and, the Jotter)

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren Dan and Karen Offer (inset picture) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Merry Christmas, to all (but it wasn't always so)

I was born August 10, 1926. And, contrary to most American's perceptions of Christmases from the mid part of the last century, it wasn't all like the black and white movies of the time....more >>

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Something unique . . . Jottings goes political

Many times during the pre-election days, I worried about the future of television. After all, the air was filled with political stuff, so where was the money going to come from to assure tv's survival? Thank goodness the lawyers took advantage of spaces to tell us they have court time to help about ignition problems, recalling air bags and all the money you might get by just calling one of the hundreds of phone numbers....more >>

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Spaced out over lack of space

Back in the 1970s, we put an awful lot of thought into building our Oxford Township home. We thought of things like a 2-car garage, garage door to the lower level and even an outbuilding with wide garage-type doors....more >>

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Farmer's Advice: be nice to one another

I was born and raised a country boy on a farm without tractors, plows or cultivators, but with a mother who learned the ways of a farmer's wife. Which means her Albion College degree didn't help much in the kitchen....more >>

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Big Jim still annoyed by sport announcers

Several years ago I asked in a Jottings, "Why do so many tv sports stations have so many people covering a football game and reviewing every activity during every play?" In the beginning, they were said to add "color" to a game....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Memorable heart-health tips and the CDC

If you stop exercising, start cigarette smoking, discontinue your prescribed cardiac medications, and increase your daily intake of high calorie and fatty foods, you'll definitely have enough retirement money to last you the rest of your life....more >>

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You're better off now?

And remember: Be nice to one another

Recently President Barack Obama asked each of we U. S. citizens: "Are you better off today than you were six years ago?" Others have asked the same question. But it's such a broad question there can be no single answer....more >>

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Some good old news -- Thank you Old Farmers Almanac!

A long time ago publishers of The Old Farmer's Almanac had The Oxford Leader on its mailing list. Which means each year, I got a free copy. I don't know why they quit, and I don't know why I didn't start buying it at the local drug store....more >>

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JAS jots about abbreviations, politicians

The media, politicians, medical interests -- in fact the whole world -- is taken up with abbreviations. They're like those hand-held gadgeteers who brag, "I've got an app for that....more >>
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