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Jim's Jottings

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 >>
September 10, 2014

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Memories of country kids and country schooling

Both Hazel and I were raised as country kids. Hazel was raised on a farm in Shiawassee County. My folks moved every two years to farms west of Durand, where Dad worked on the railroad....more >>
September 03, 2014

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More time for national focus in retirement

I've been a publisher of four Oakland County community weekly newspapers for a few decades. As such, I've devoted years of my life to happenings in these communities. However, I, and our readers, like to stay somewhat informed of happenings throughout Michigan, the United States and the world....more >>
August 27, 2014

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Screw work, play golf but read this first

Let's get started this week with some light stuff. The only ones who remember you when you come in 2nd is your wife and your dog. The one-armed man only shopped at secondhand stores....more >>
August 20, 2014

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Covering all the bases

The rapid increase in 'cold' calls has increased the 'heat' in my blood cells. These calls must have turned off listeners to the point of having lost their effectiveness (if they even any to begin with)....more >>
August 13, 2014

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A lot of be glad about until I got addicted to TV news

I'm glad I got to live those first 87 years of my life. When I break them down to periods, there are some that really stand out. Like those early one-room school times of total innocence; then a 10-year span of war and illness, that got me to some really great married years....more >>
August 06, 2014

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I got some Ramblin' JJ's for you

And, sometimes a sharp needle in the eye is a good thing!

Here's a question my middle child wants answered: "Why do deer and ground hogs in my yard eat my plantings (flowers, small bushes), but don't eat the new growths each year in the perennial growing areas?" I don't get texts nor emails, so try the mail with your answers (PO Box 108, Oxford, MI 48371)....more >>
July 30, 2014

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What has President Obama done for America?

A 'Jot-a-torial' for you

On what track is Obama's plans for America? Or perhaps he has none. He's certainly ignored, or lied again, of his promise of transparency in Washington, DC. Seems his lying, such as "You can keep your doctor," is his policy on all matters....more >>
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