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Funnies, Friends and Fall Memories

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Bramley seedling apples ready for picking. Photo courtesy of Markus Hagenlocher.

Bramley seedling apples ready for picking. Photo courtesy of Markus Hagenlocher.

This week’s Funny reminds me of a friend not talked to in years. Dan Allen, are you out there? Not to give the joke away, Dan called the conglomeration of KFC and TacoBell a “cluster-bleep.” That was the first time I heard that phrase, and it seemed so apt. It works in other situations too, if your language runs to the very salty. At one point, Dan also sported a rectangular bruise on his forehead from walking straight into a piece of lumber extended out of the back of his pick up. Dan, you are a wonderful guy, and remembering you is a blast.

Fall is a good time for remembering. When the boys went off to school, and the girl started preschool, Kathy recounted her first day of kindergarten to me over the phone. It wasn’t the best first day, but it made her realize she has the best dad, which makes all the difference in the world. I don’t remember my first day, but I recall wondering why we say the Pledge of Allegiance to a standing witch.

School might be in full swing by now, apples are ready for picking, and leaves are tinging to yellows and reds. But it can all stop for a good joke or a good friend. Here’s hoping you can reach out to someone you care about and tell them a good story, or have them tell you one.




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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

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