• Josh Flint

    An Old Man Ponders the New Year

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on December 26, 2012

    In six short days, 2012 will turn into 2013. It should be a seamless transition. The toughest thing will be remembering to date documents with 2013, rather than 2012. Apparently, once you’ve reached 30 and had a couple kids, you start to think of time in a different manner. At 18, I was concerned only with what was happening on the coming weekend. As a family man, planning begins to extend well past the weekend. Car and home loans take years to pay off. I’ve always admired…

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  • Josh Flint

    You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on December 18, 2012

    Ah, the Christmas season is upon us. I get to indulge in several guilty pleasures: Christmas movies, festive music and, most hazardous to my waistline, my wife’s cookies. A Christmas Story is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I go back and forth between it and Christmas Vacation as to which is actually my favorite. I can completely relate to little Ralphie’s mania for BB guns. My first BB gun was a Daisy lever-action. It was very similar to the Model 10 on this page. I…

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    Walking on the Surface of the Moon

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on December 8, 2012

    Being a native Missourian, I’m a bit of a river junkie. The term “float trip” inspires memories of youthful exuberance mixed with a serious lack of judgment. With such dire problems occurring on the Mississippi River, I couldn't resist the river's call. I looked up 2009 Master Farmer Randy Lambdin, who lives in Wolf Lake, about 15 minutes from Cape Girardeau, Mo. He graciously offered to show me the problem first hand. Lambdin took us down to Thebes, one of…

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