• Holly Spangler

    (Re)-United and It Feels So Good

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 29, 2010

    When I graduated from college (back in the virtual stone-age of 1998), there was a lot of talk about how we needed to "educate the public" about food and farming. If you were in FFA or 4-H, it was your rallying cry. And it has continued to be so, ever since, as fresh-faced FFAers give the same speech. Over and over. And somewhere along the line, even as I wrote about our life on the farm in Prairie Farmer, I became a little jaded about that line. It seemed we did a whole lot of talking about…

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    Dear Little Kindergartener

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 23, 2010

    Dear Nathan, Today is your first real day of kindergarten. You went on Friday, but it was only for a couple hours. Today, you climbed on the bus and rode away, with your backpack and your lunchbox. You were completely nonchalant about it. No big deal. Just a kid. Goin' to school. You were cute beyond compare this morning, and I'm allowed to say that because I picked out your clothes. You had on your red Bob the Tomato t-shirt, which you complained about wearing because "it hurts my head…

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    Things That Make Me Wonder

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 11, 2010

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but certain events of the past 24 hours have made me ponder what in the name of humanity is going on in our world. Here goes: In a conversation regarding Extension changes, I learned that (and I'm paraphrasing here) we're taking a cat, calling it a dog, and asking it to do the job of a cat, for awhile. Or at least until we find out that all along, people really needed a cat and that since the dog's been doing the cat's job, maybe eventually we'll…

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    Name That Photo!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 5, 2010

    Earlier this summer, I stood at the famed Cuba Livestock Show watching my niece, Hannah, show one of her lambs. She named him Dude. He ended up winning the whole shebang that day, and Hannah even took home junior showmanship. It was, in her words, "the best day ever!" Hannah loves her lambs and she loves to win, and she also loves dressing the part. And as I stood there watching her, camera in hand, I couldn't help noticing how hard she worked, bracing her lamb, watching the judge, keeping…

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    What Happened to Last Week?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 3, 2010

    I'm feeling a little bad for not having posted a blog in week. But I have a good defense: it was fair week. Which for many of you, really doesn't need any further explanation. The funny part is, my kids aren't even in 4-H yet. But we seem to find plenty to do.  The first step was getting my oldest two ready for the talent show. And yes, I made that rooster costume, and yes, it now looks like something has molted in my house. I'll be vacuuming up feathers from now till the next fair…

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