100% Hailed Out



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The weather had been perfect for most Iowa farmers. The crops and never looked better, at least for decades. One young farmer came in for lunch and told his wife, “I have never seen the crops flourish like this since we took over the farm from my dad. The corn is seven feet tall and the soybeans are outstanding! It looks to me like we will have what the old-timers called a “Bin Buster” harvest in store for us.

Do you realize I have been driving the same old pickup truck for over 10 years? I’m thinking about getting myself a knew pickup. I do believe that we both deserve to have a new truck. I also want you to plan on taking the kids to the dentist and getting their long-overdue dental work caught up. We have been neglecting to have it done because we just haven’t had the cash to do it. The kids deserve better than that. The young farmer’s wife replied, “I will take the kids to the dentist this fall after the harvest is complete.” “I also remember your dad warning  not to count your chickens before they hatch.” Just because the crops are looking great. That doesn’t mean they will to stay that way. Let’s call off making our new purchases until the fall harvest is over. OK.

The calendar had moved to mid-July. Usually the corn leaves are starting to curl from the extreme heat and hot sunshine. The corn leaves had held their own and pollination was perfect That bumper crop was almost in the bin. Severe thunderstorm warnings were flashing on all of the TV channels during the third week of July. One of the most severe low-pressure areas ever recorded had been slowly moving across Kansas and Nebraska for two days. It was just moving into Iowa with severe thunderstorms 70 MPH winds and huge hailstones, some the size of softballs.

The young Iowa farm couple went to bed after the latest weather news was over. They both decided to say a prayer for that crop that was growing all around them on their Iowa farm. They woke up during the night to the noise of severe wind and hail battering their home, vehicles and all of their buildings. The hailstones were so huge. They were busting out all of the windows on one side of the house. Ice chunks were even tearing the shingles off the roof. They just held held on to each other and their children in the basement until morning. We will get through this one way or the other.

The next morning when they looked outside. There was no crop in the field! It was completely battered into the ground from the severe hailstorm. Dad surely was right when he said, “You never have a crap until it is safely in the grain bin..

When the man working for a paycheck at a factory spends his money, his paycheck turns over seven times within the community. The farmers income also turns over seven times helping everyone in the community to have better lives and a better economy that has been stimulated and continues to grow. When the farmer has no income, he no money to spend, to put into the economy to keep it growing. He must go to the bank and borrow more money to invest in next year’s crop. He has faith and hope that there will be profits from his labors and investment that he can put back into the local economy next year.

“Studies have shown that a payroll dollar turns over seven times before it leaves town.” “Every dollar earned on a family farm ,also turns over seven times, The money keeps moving through the economy.” That is what makes a local economy flourish and that trickles up to help the national economy.


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corn crop after hail storm

Jubilant Reunion

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Glenn Bowers & Wife
Glenn Bowers and wife
Reunion 1992

Rejoice! It’s the end of the week, and time for a celebratory photo challenge.

Jubilant Reunion

We have had many jubilant family reunions. We give thanks for all the pictures taken throughout the years. Reunion time is almost here, but now there is talk there may not be a reunion, we have lost far too many who have been so Dear. We will no doubt get together but do we leave empty chairs for those who cannot attend this year? They have gone home to be with the Lord and that Jubilant Reunion that we all are waiting for, “In the sweet by and by.”


Dell’s family David, Shirley, Rose Marie and Donald
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Grace Bowers

Dream On It

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The Daily Post
May 23, 2016
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We have a great-grandson graduating from the Dwight D Eisenhower high school in Michigan on June 17. Eisenhower High School is a public high school located in the Metropolitan Detroit area in the suburb of Shelby Township. It is consistently ranked the top performing high school in Utica Community Schools, and Macomb County.
He became active in the martial arts when he was in grade school. Karate and tae kwon do were his favorites. He was in track and field, excelling in the pole vault and he ran in cross country and was also active in gymnastics. He is a very busy, intelligent young man. He was into aerospace robotics and went to national competition. His plan is to attend an aerospace engineering school in the Detroit area.
His graduating class motto. “Don’t let your dreams, just be dreams, just do it!” That graduating class sounds like a very proactive group of young people, ready to go out and become the new leaders in this country. They will pioneer many fields that we haven’t even heard of yet. The technological age is going to come to full bloom with this young, intelligent generation getting ready to take the reins and steer the country on the right course.

I thought their class motto would be fitting for today’s daily prompt which is dream.My great-grandson isn’t blood related, that makes no difference, I could still get carried away here bragging about him. I better write something about dreams though.

Did you ever notice after you talk to someone on the phone or maybe meet them on the street or just think about them. They will pop up in your dreams. In the dream there is usually nothing related to what you were talking about, or where you saw the person. It ends up being a mixture of other things and times and places, as a rule dreams go this way. Some people have a gift of remembering what they dreamed about, this is very good in many cases, unless it might be a very scary dream that would make it different for sure.

I feel very fortunate to remember much from my dreams, at least I think I remember them. You try to piece them back later, the puzzle gets to be more complicated because some of the different parts just don’t go together. You may have had someone in your dream from your childhood, that person may have been dead for many years. They still can be in your dream just as real as if they were standing there as a vision, looking down at you while you’re dreaming.

Sleep doctors claim we go into a state of sleep called REM sleep, which stands for rapid eye movement. That is when we are doing most of our dreaming, shortly before we wake up as a rule,. That is probably why these dreams seem to be easier to recall. Some can be put together in to a picture that can be explained to someone. As we get older, we have a tendency to wake up early and then just lie in bed and slip back off into dream land again. This might be to get back to a dream that we were having and hope it can be continued into part two for instance.

There were old stories told about being careful what you eat before you go to bed because this may affect your sleep and you’re dreaming. I think it would be whole lot more sense to say be careful what you watch on television before you go to bed for the night. All of the bloody, gruesome, gory details and views of body parts scattered all over the place could very easily affect a person’s dreams. Studies have been made on whether or not television shows cause violence in viewers later on in their lives. Those TV shows may not be the cause, but they certainly sow the seeds into the mind of a person who is receptive or capable of that kind of violence.

Sweet dreams to all.


‘The Spymasters’


CBS’s 48 HOURS Presents ‘The  Spymasters– CIA in the Crosshairs’ Tonight


CBS’s 48 HOURS Presents ‘The Spymasters – CIA in the Crosshairs’ the program aired between 8 and 10 PM on May 21, 2016. (Central Standard Time) South Dakota, USA

You might call it a chronology of what the CIA has been doing ever since the Clinton administration. Former CIA director Leon Panetta did a lot of the talking throughout the program. It covered pretty much everything the CIA has been doing since he was at the controls as CIA director for President Bill Clinton. He made it a point to speak in memory and honor of those CIA members who were killed by a suicide bomber, all at one time in Afghanistan. They were supposed to be having a meeting with a local. He turned out to be the enemy instead of an informer that was hired by the CIA to report on what Al Qaeda was up to in Afghanistan.

There was mention about the CIA having a chance to kill Osama bin Laden. At that time in Afghanistan, but he slipped away. Information turned out to be faulty, which is one of the prime things covered during this program. Poor information and faulty distribution of the information that was good. The purpose of the show raises many questions? The main one would be. Have we learned anything from our past mistakes in the way we operated in the past?. The CIA took airplanes loaded with cash to Afghanistan to buy the allegiance of the many tribal lords that were in power all over the country. There has never been any time in history when a country has been able to purchase the allegiance of anyone, not to shoot back. Even paid spies end up being counterspy most of the time.

Every attempt was made to stop Osama bin Laden while he was in Afghanistan, but that simply was not about to happen. Not even with the different warlords being on the payroll of the CIA. He escaped and made his way into Pakistan and had a very nice life, while his followers continued to cause turmoil and terrorists activities in many different places around the globe. Pakistan allowed Osama bin Laden to live there like a tourist, Pakistan was supposed to be one of our friends in the region. Al Qaeda was not very large in numbers, but from the way we went about doing things, we actually helped to strengthen their numbers .

The biggest foreign-policy blunder in the history of the world was briefly mentioned. That was about the Bush Administration and their fanatical quest to invade Iraq. The “cake walk” invasion of Iraq got all of our power concentrated in the wrong place. It turned out not to be a “slam dunk,” While we were fighting in Iraq, Al Qaeda continued to grow in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our blunders actually emboldened them. Those countries are almost under complete control of terrorist groups. ISIS is now what we have biggest concern with and how do we go about keeping them from attacking all over the world, which is what their master plan is.

One main point of this program that I saw and think should be considered very important is the lack of coordination between our different law enforcement and security agencies in this country. Years ago, the FBI would not share information with the CIA, when they tried to share info about the 9/11 bombers the CIA didn’t even want to see it.. The CIA was supposed to inform the Defense Department and the White House about any activities worldwide that are a threat to security of the United States. 9/11 may have been averted!

Before 9/11 happened. The FBI had all the information they needed about the two main terrorists involved in the 9/11 attack. They tried to give this information to the CIA. The CIA didn’t listen to them. From hearing the different CIA directors talk they all had trouble communicating with the Defense Department and the State Department, intelligence still had to get to the White House. Each department seemed to be acting alone through the worst nation fermenting times in our history. The maddening part is, they thought they were nation building!

The president of the United States, it don’t matter if he has a hotline with God or not. There is no way he has the knowledge to run this country by himself, like a ‘lone cowboy’, with the idea that it’s ‘my way or the highway’. The president has to have his ears open and his eyes, he has to be ready to receive any information that is brought to him through proper channels when the security of the United States is involved.

Towards the end of this program, they talked about two unfortunate and dumb decisions that were made at the White House. Decisions about the legal issue of torturing terrorist captives and should they have legal rights? This came about, for the simple reason one of the terrorists that was captured was born in the United States. Much talk was made about torturing captives. The CIA outsourced those activities of torture to other people in other countries to be carried out. What does that make this country look like? We are above torturing but will hire someone else to do it for us that makes us OK. We have brought ourselves down to the same level as the terrorists almost. One former CIA director made the comment if the next president wants to do waterboarding. He better bring his own bucket.

At the end of the program. Everyone seemed to reach the same simple consensus, bombing and killing is something that we will have to learn to live with from now on. Do we? As long as people are full of hate and are willing to commit suicide, we can expect suicide bombers to be killing people all over this world. If we all stay in the same level of thought, we all think along the same line we all will keep on killing people.

If it is all right in our own minds, it surely will continue. Some stupid foreign-policy blunders have brought the world into this ‘so called ‘endless era of terrorism that we are now entering. The massive brainpower that can develop all of these weapons to kill people around the world without having to be involved in the killing ourselves, outside of the one that pushes the button. We can all sleep well I guess.

There surely must be some way that can be devised by all the brains and computers in this world that aren’t full of hatred to come up with a solution to this massive problem. There must be a whole lot more people with hearts full of love, than hearts full of hate. This should create a worldwide debate until the problem is solved


Best Buddy

Lake Towada Trip Sept 1962
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One of the greatest things about life is that you will have a buddy at one time or the other, during your life walk. It won’t make much difference what you do for a job or where you live or where you travel to. You are going to have a buddy, sometimes there may be several buddies that you will become very close to. Some relationships will be much closer almost as brothers. I felt that one time, my best buddy was a curly haired dog. He was the most friendly Water Spaniel that ever lived. I was just a kid, that old English Water Spaniel was with me no matter where I went or what I did. He was my buddy.

For those of us who spent time in the military service. We had a very good chance of having several buddies. The branch of service that you are in, for instance, the Army, Navy or the Marine Corps you get a whole lot closer to your buddy than some other branches of the military. In the Army and the Marine Corp, every man in the platoon has to have the other man’s back and be prepared to protect one another against all odds.

I was in the U.S. Air Force and a good buddy of mine and I were sent to Japan to serve at Misawa Air Force Base at the same time in the year 1960. When we got to Japan we both ended up assigned to the same maintenance squadron doing aircraft maintenance. We were working on the RF-101c reconnaissance photo jet aircraft. It had to two J- 57 engines, they could get the pilot away from danger at a fairly quick speed, but the plane had absolutely no armament on it. It was strictly for taking reconnaissance pictures. Surface to air missiles was deadly on them in Vietnam.

At Misawa Air Force Base my buddy Dan and I were assigned to periodic aircraft maintenance with about half a dozen other guys. We made up the night shift on periodic maintenance. We completely took the plane apart from one end to the other. The engines were removed, every access panel was removed for a complete inspection of everything that was on that aircraft, then it was all put back together.

We ran them on the ground up to 100%, then some lucky test pilot got to take it up for its first flight. They usually started off down the runway with full afterburners burning and when they got airborne, they took the plane straight up into the sky as fast as they could go, just in case something might go wrong.

It wasn’t that they didn’t trust our maintenance, any kind of a mechanical failure is possible with any aircraft at any time. We only had about eight people working the night shift, but somehow we got more work done than the two dozen people working the day shift.

Dan and I did this periodic maintenance for about a year, so we got to know each other quite well. We also spent a lot of off duty time together, which included some fairly heavy drinking at times, but our jobs always came first.

When we were getting close to being shipped out to go back to the U.S. We decided to take a leave and make a train trip up to the northern end of the island of Honshu to Lake Towada National Park and Hot Springs and Spas. We took two friends along and made it a real dream vacation. About two weeks later, we all took the same train to Tokyo, to Ueno Station. We were supposed to ship out after two days and go back to Travis Air Force Base in California.

Lake Towada


The time spent in Tokyo was very emotional, happy and sad, enough mixed feelings to last a lifetime. Time was quickly gone, everyone was preparing for the sad, final Sayonara or goodbye to one another. Those last moments found two gals going north by train and two guys waiting for a plane going east.

When we got back to the U.S. I told Dan, “Try to keep in touch now, when you get home.” ‘He said he would do that.’ I told him, “I bet twenty years will go by, and neither one of us will keep in touch.” And your living in Montana and I’m in South Dakota. We could drive back and forth and visit on a vacation. He said that sounds like a great idea. We did exchange a few letters after we became civilians again and then we lost touch with each other.

It was approaching 20 years from the time we got discharged from the Air Force and I thought to myself,  call Dan and see if he remembers what I said to him when we got back to the States. I got a hold of his hometown and his phone number. His Dad answered the phone. I asked if I could speak to Dan.” He told me, “Dan was killed in a car accident about a month ago, he talked about you a lot.” We both cried.

He was my best buddy. I wonder why we did not keep in touch?





Do Not Underestimate Technology









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Do Not Underestimate Technology

We must not allow ourselves to underestimate technology. As humans we have come a long way. We might think we have discovered just about everything there is to discover, that we’ve done everything that there is to do. There is no turning back in history unless by catastrophe. Technology will continue to propel us forward at light speed.

“Stone technology was developed by man about 2.5 million years ago, using stone tools, to scrape animal hides. It took about 1 million more years for man to make a stone ax. Fire was created around 1.5 million years ago.”

‘Man’s anatomy found him walking around upright 200,000 years ago, but didn’t find cloths to put on until 70,000 years ago. Ceramic pottery came about around 25,000 BC, domestication of animals 15,000 BC, the bow and sling in the ninth millennium BC. Agriculture started around 4000 BC and so did the wheel. Writing systems 3500 BC, copper, bronze salt, 2500 BC. Someone wanted to travel fast and built a chariot around 2000 BC, Iron age 1500 BC, a sun dial 800 BC, glass 500 BC and someone decided to put shoes on his horse in 300 BC. Man has been steadily developing technology for quite a long time.”

“This is just a small portion of the different periods of technological revolutions. Medieval technology, Renaissance technology, Age of Exploration, the period from the last third of the 19th century until WW1 is sometimes referred to as the Second Industrial Revolution.”

“20th century technology developed rapidly. Broad teaching and implementation of the scientific method, and increased research spending contributed to the advancement of modern science and technology. New technology improved communication and transport, thus spreading technical understanding.”
“The US National Academy of Engineering, by expert vote, established the following ranking of the most important technological developments of the 20th century:”

Water supply and Distribution
Radio and Television
Mechanized agriculture
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Imaging technology
Household appliances
Health technology
Petroleum and Petrochemical technologies
Laser and Fiber Optics
Nuclear technology
Materials science

“This is why I say let’s never underestimate technology. The 21st century is just getting underway. We have quantum computers, gene therapy, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, bioengineering/biotechnology, nuclear technology, advanced materials, drones, superconductivity, memristor,alternative fuels, fuel cells, augmented reality, wearable electronics, artificial intelligence, LEDs. Solar cells, integrated circuits, wireless power devices, batteries.

The greatest tool of the 21st-century is possibly the Large Hadron Collider to help in the understanding of particle physics, particle accelerators, better neutrino detectors. Dark matter is sought in deep underground observatories like LIGO have started to detect gravitational waves.

New spaceflight and spacecraft technology like the Orion and Dragon, more capable space telescopes. The international space station, manned mission to Mars set for the 2030s. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR)”


It looks like we ain’t seen nothing yet!


Easy Scratch Recipes Week 17

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Microwave Caramel Corn.

1 c. brown sugar                 1/2 c. margarine

1/4 c. dark syrup                 1/2 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt                          10 cups popped corn

Combine first 4 ingredients in 2 qt. microwave dish. Bring mixture to a boil on full power. Once he comes to a boil, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in soda. Put popped corn in a large brown paper sack, pour syrup over popped corn and shake. Cook in paper sack on high for 11/2 minutes. Remove sack from microwave and shake again. Cook on high 11/2 minutes longer. Pour on cookie sheet to cool. (Be careful with sack as it is VERY hot and steamy when opened.

Chance Encounters


Misawa Air Base, Japan


It snows and snows.



Chance Encounter

World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys

The many decades of the old steam locomotives will be remembered as some of the greatest years of mankind. Countless movies have been made, books have been written, stories told and retold about murder, romance, mystery, and all taking place on those old Steam Locomotive railroad trains. We have to love them and be thankful, there are still many railroads in use today around the world. Millions of people said goodbye to their loved ones and never saw them return to train stations all over the world during the war years.

It was a sad loss to man to see the old steam locomotive disappear from use by progress. It was replaced by diesel locomotives. One of the most famous trains was the Orient Express, all other luxury trains worldwide tried to emulate what they were doing. I’m going to leave a URL link here to a website about the World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys

.Chance encounters are not likely to happen to every Tom, Dick, and Mary.That got me to thinking. Why not try to increase your odds of having a very rewarding chance encounter? I do believe it is possible to increase your chances at least a hundredfold by joining the US Military Service. Every good thing in this world or almost everything worth having comes with a cost. Sometimes that costs can be rather high, depending on what you hope to obtain.This story is about chance encounters. If you do join the military service, you will first have a mandatory encounter. There is no way around it, that might be the price you are going to pay for your awesome chance encounter later, which hopefully will come within a few short years.

Your first encounter will be during your basic training. That will be with your drill instructor, a person you will never forget. You won’t have to do anything out of the ordinary or wrong that drill instructor will be right in your face. Each person will no doubt have a very close encounter with him, it is part his job and he loves it. He will be looking right down into your face during this encounter. They must have a height requirement for that reason! With his face inches from your’s he starts screaming, you must be the most stupid thing that your mother ever gave birth to. He will ask, “Do you think you can do anything right?” Then he will step on your shiny shoes and scuff them all up as he moves along to the next man in the outfit. You spent all night shining those shoes to see your reflection in them. This basic training was designed to get the recruits ready to go out and defeat the enemy, or was it to go out and defeat the first person you meet on the street who you can look down at?

After boot camp is far behind you and your training school is completed, your chances of having this chance encounter are starting to gain momentum. You have a very good chance of being sent off to some exotic land on the other side of the world. There will be many beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen and you will have opportunities for chance encounters during your military years. This can be the most rewarding time of your life. You have to go about it. Slowly and with purpose and doing your best at being a good unofficial ambassador for the United States of America. Uncle Sam frowns on any robbing, raping or pillaging being done by his troops, as some conquering armies have done in the past.

There are many military installations that you might be sent to, that is why it’s very important in your early years to keep your nose clean and walk the straight and narrow line. If you screwed up, it can determine your next assignment. You don’t want to end up on one of those bases that are on the don’t go to list. Your odds of finding a chance encounter of any kind there would be about the same as a snowball making it through Hell. Thule Greenland and the Aleutian Islands come to mind, there are now many new bases in desert countries where you have plenty of beaches but no water, alcohol, tobacco, movies, women, and a few other things on the no-no list too.

Many of the troops who end up stationed in these isolated installations pretty much give up on chance encounters. They start looking for purposeful encounters, to say the least. Most of these military bases have a small area right outside of their main gate that is made up completely of nightclubs, bars, and a red light district, with many options available to those not having discriminating taste, who are more and search of relief than romance. The troops don’t have to walk very far and they will find pretty much everything to satisfy their needs.The menu will no doubt include short time, with alarm clock, long time without a clock, or all night stay, something there for everyone. One new arrival asked, “What is that long line standing out in the cold in front of that one building?” When he found out it was a short time visit he couldn’t believe his ears. He said, “I don’t mind standing in the chow line but that is ridiculous.”

Military life is possibly one of the best places to raise your family, be a career military family. Your family can travel the globe with you and learn a vast knowledge about life in different countries. Most military installations are in well-populated areas, located and situated for the comfort of the service personnel who reside there. There are many more pluses than minuses.

If your chance encounter led you to that person meant for you, bring him or her back, or stay in the country where you met and live happily ever after. A fairy tale ending with a chance encounter in some faraway place.

We can all pretend to be with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall on the Orient Express.What great memories! But reality brings us back down to earth and we have to go for chance encounters where they can be found. I do believe serving in the United States Military is possibly one of the greatest places to achieve that chance encounter from your dreams.