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Cracking concrete and bad roads. Why?

On January 4 my interest in flawed and cracking concrete was aroused by a front (full) page newspaper article. Since then, I've read more articles about cracking concrete, and watched a 3-hour tv show on the subject....more >>

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Depression thinking, clowns and computers

This will be another Jim's Jottings probably not worth remembering. In fact I can't think of any memorable ones I've written since starting them in 1955. 1 was born in 1926, soon after the beginning of THE GREAT depression....more >>

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Playing the back nine

(where did the years go?)

This is in no way golf related, but I am going to write about the "back nine" of life. Which, arouses questions like: How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years....more >>

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My first job(s), asparagus to news

From Thursday, May 28, 1970 Bud Guest, WJR's Sunny Side of the Streeter, got me to thinking the other day about jobs I've had. I couldn't top the number mentioned by a printer in Lapeer, but it was fun recalling some of the ways I've earned coin....more >>

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Big Jim Admits: Mistakes I have made

This is a best of Jim's Jottings, that was first published on November 26, 1970. Please enjoy! * * * Through my nearly two decades of newspaper work I have made some mistakes that have been real beauties....more >>
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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 >>

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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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