• Tom Bechman

    What's So Good About the Good 'Ole Summertime?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 25, 2012

    My mother didn't name me Thomas for nothing. Just like doubting Thomas, the disciple in the bible, I have to see the scars before I believe, at least sometimes. Once I believe, I can be an avid supporter, but I have to believe first. That's why I have earned nicknames like 'doubting Thomas,' 'pessimist; stick- in- the mud and on the list goes. All I think I'm doing is being a realist- trying to see the other side, trying to determine if the glass is half empty or half full. Maybe eternal…

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    Wow! Every Animal Weighs 170 Pounds!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 18, 2012

    I couldn't fit into our livestock scales designed for pigs and sheep, or I would have. The first three animals we weighed the other day all weighed 170 pounds, and they all looked bigger than that. "Weigh yourself, dad," my daughter said,. "You weigh more than 170 pounds. We'll know if it's working or not." Thanks a lot Kayla. If I could have fit inside it, I would have, because by then I figured out likely something was wrong, and it would be nice to say I weighed 170 pounds again on a scale…

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    Most Hoosiers Ready For A Rain Dance

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 11, 2012

    How can you not like a place where the high might be 90 in late March and 65 on June 1, or where it might rain three inches over two weeks when you don't need rain in the winter, and not rain for three weeks in the summer when you do need rain? That's Indiana, and maybe that helps explain why Hoosiers are so hearty. The thrown-in- sentences in conversations that we could use a rain are escalating in to "We need rain now!" over much of Indiana. That's particularly true in north-central and…

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    Where Will All The Graduates Go?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 4, 2012

    This year we probably attended more high school graduation parties than ever before. I stopped counting at about 10. Most of these were kids that I have worked with as a volunteer in 4-H and FFA activities. You can count on three things at almost every party for a high school graduate. First, the graduate will greet you - that's refreshing. Second, you will have good food to eat, but you won't know many of the people that are there eating it with you. Third, the graduate's life will be spelled…

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