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Jim's Jottings

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 >>

Jim's Jottings

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 >>

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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 >>
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

Jim's Jottings

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 >>
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