The Rock Wall

Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

We lost a friend this week. Several years ago, Davis and I were going snagging but first we had to go to a Royal Neighbors or some kind of meeting in the Harwood town hall. While there, we visited with Fern McMullin who told us that her father used to snag and how much she loved to eat spoonbill.

Davis and I caught several big ones that day. We finished cleaning our catch about 9 p.m. that night. The next morning, I called Fern and asked if she would like to have some spoonbill. She sounded like a kid offered her favorite candy as she instantly replied, “You’re kidding.”

I wasn’t and soon delivered some bags of well cleaned spoonbill meat to her house. I think she told me she shared it with her brother, Steve, and his

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    Last Thursday night was hectic with more than we could say grace over.

    Alberta Hays was good enough to photo the NEVC seniors for us. Kimball had the purse auction. I had JV girls, Varsity girls and school board. I dropped into the board meeing about five minutes before it started and left my tape recorder running…right in front of Greg Beydler. Dangerous, I know, because he always wants to lick my camera lens. But I listened to the tape Tuesday evening and it worked so Greg behaved himself very well.

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    Lana Wilson’s Conservation Corner this week is about woodchucks – an animal which my dad and mom always called groundhogs.

    When we took Adrian home from CCMH to our Tiffin house, a groundhog lived under one of the outbuildings visible from the kitchen table. When Adrian got big enough to talk, she named that groundhog. We never knew why she called it Jealous, but we fed it watermelon in the summers so we all could enjoy watching it.

    Fast forward several years. After Adrian and Davis had left

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    I came back to the office Monday night after the ambulance board meeting and found an obituary had been e-mailed to me that was really a surprise. I didn’t even know Alice Nikodim was in ill health.

    She and Art are slightly younger than my parents. I didn’t know she was Virginia Beydler’s sister. That means they were all young folks running around together in the Olympia/Pacetown area. They are always so pleasant and supportive. They likely watched me get older and hoped I would actually grow up. Our condolences to the

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    What’s on your mind this week? We’ll have to talk fast if we’re going to sit out here on the Rock Wall.

    - I received a call from Russell Walker Tuesday asking me about my health problem “a while back.” I told that a year ago I was in the middle of it or just regaining consciousness about now.

    His real reason for calling was to find out about Select Specialty Hospital where his mom is now a patient. It may have been comforting to him when I

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    We got an e-mail this week with the obituary of our friend, Gladys Tull, who passed away at 99.

    As many of you know, she was one live wire lady. I called her daughter’s number listed on the obituary and spoke with Gladys’ granddaughter. She said her grandma was a go-getter until a few days before her death.

    I was constantly amazed when I got the photos of Gladys’ latest adventure – rough water canoe ride, hot air balloon trip.

    Can’t tell you how

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    The El Dorado Springs Sun will start its 125th year on Jan. 1, 2015. The newspaper was founded as The Mascot in 1890. By 1895, F. M. Haslet had changed the name to the El Dorado Springs Sun and sold it to John S. Smith, father of Clyde and Harry and grandfather of their sons, John and Walt, who sold it to Kenny and Kimball Long July 1, 1979.

    A far as I can determine, one other business shares that record for longevity and beats it by three years – the El

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    The Order of the Eastern Star ladies and gentlemen invited everyone in our office to their Christmas party last week.

    In addition to great food and company, they gave us their thanks for their articles and photos we publish. When someone thanks you for doing the job you are supposed to do, all you can do is thank them for their kindness.

    - I hear that Bob Baker is enough better to ask for the TV remote. When Rhonda Friar told Kimball a couple of Friday nights ago

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    I’m fairly certain I did not wish you a Merry Christmas last year but I want to this year. My definition of that has changed over the years. When I was a kid, it meant presents for me under the Christmas tree. Now, it doesn’t have anything to do with presents, at least not ones you can see and hold. I’m more concerned with the health and happiness of my wife, children, family, friends and acquaintances.

    We won’t see Adrian and Cain this Christmas, but it is priceless knowing they are well

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    Folks, it’s scarier than one of them tightrope walkers on a highwire without a net. I asked ever body in the office if they had something for the Rock Wall. Nope. Gwen even had a name for it, “Nada.” So I’m on my own and that sometimes gets me in trouble.

    The devil doesn’t make me do it. He slips between me and the keyboard and does it himself.

    I say “he” because God made him and calls him a he or at least, son of the morning,

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