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TERRY & ESTHER CHAMBERLAIN

MAIL, MEALS AND MORE: THE EASY WAY

Devoted husband that I am I sometimes offer suggestions to my wife of ways she could make her household work easier. Her reply is always the same: “Forget it.” Why? Well, let me explain:

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WHEN THOSE WHO GROW THE FOOD ARE THE ONES WHO STARVE

I just discovered I have some ancestors who did some rather nasty things.

Elinor Florence, an author friend of ours, lives in BC. Recently she went to  northeastern Scotland. There she searched and was able to find information on a relative, Donald McKay. In the 19th century he had a croft--a small rented farm. In 1821 he was forced off his croft by the landlord.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

She set two places on the little table, poured wine, turned out the lights, lit the candles and  sat,  smiling and waiting. He came in, blinked, walked over, sat, leaned toward his wife and, in a hushed voice, said,  “What the hell--you forget to pay the power bill?”

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FROM LITTLE OL’ BUILDINGS TO TOM CRAPPER

“Don’t let ’em tear that little old buildin’ down
There isn’t any like it in the country  or the town”

These lines are from a song--you’ve likely heard it--in praise of the outdoor toilet, biffy, privy, outhouse , backhouse, thunder shack and other names not suited for polite society.  A fellow I jam with did this little ditty recently. It expresses a nostalgic sadness for the old outhouses and their near disappearance. 

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