• P.J. Griekspoor

    Christmas Comes and Goes, But Memories Are Forever

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 28, 2013

    Has anybody else noticed that time goes faster and faster the older you get? My 6-year-old grandson just said, “Grandma, you know what? It is 363 days until next Christmas. If I got a calendar big enough to hold all the days, how tall would it be?” When I was his age, it seemed that Christmases were far, far apart. Now, I think that maybe 363 days is enough time to actually get everything done if I start right now. I have to admit that Christmas is my absolutely favorite time of…

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    Teaching Kids About Ag, Livestock Is Reward of Its Own

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 12, 2013

    One of the great things about being editor of Kansas Farmer is the opportunity to take my “city kid” grandchildren along  when a trip promises to offer some excellent education about Kansas agriculture. This week, I took Jaime, almost 9, and Michele, just-turned 8, on a trip to see a feedyard, meet some top-notch FFA leaders, visit a dairy and make a stop to check on cotton harvest – two days of education about some pretty diverse aspects of Kansas agriculture. Going…

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    Farm Bureau Meeting Introduces Someone Special

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 3, 2013

    One of the cool things about going to conventions is that you see things you might never see otherwise. A really neat one of those came Tuesday at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan when retiring KFB CEO Dan Yunk introduced someone special. Most Farm Bureau members know Dr. Yunk is the author of the popular series of children’s books, “Kailey Ag Adventures” and “Milk Comes from a Cow.” But someone most folks had never met was the…

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    This Grandma Has No Shortage of Things to Be Thankful For

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on December 2, 2013

    There is a time when the right thing to do is just slow down and enjoy the moments. I say moments, plural, because my Thanksgiving weekend was blessed with so very many of them. I am still tucking the memories away so I can pull them out and relive them when life gets stressful and problems seem to pile up. Holidays are always BIG around our house because our family is big. Sunday dinner with just the kids and grandkids is dinner for 16. Throw in the other grandparents, a few friends with no…

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