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    Well, We've Never Seen that Before

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 23, 2011

    Note: this blog includes photos that may be graphic in nature. I mentioned earlier this week that we had a deformed calf born on our farm over the weekend. The first word came as the kids, our babysitter niece and I were waiting to hear what was up with the calving situation. I called my mother-in-law, who reported that my father-in-law said they were doing a C-section because the calf was “inside out.” That really didn’t make any sense to me, at least until I saw…

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    Stuff Happens

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 21, 2011

    Saturday night. It was supposed to be our big date night. Our last night out was Christmas shopping in December, and before that, a pre-harvest date night. So we were kind of excited, and, bonus, it was even halfway close to Valentine's. That hardly ever happens. But nothing's ever simple. No joke, we walked into the restaurant and John's cell phone rang. It was his dad. I could see "COW PROBLEM" written all over his face. Sure enough, one cow was having trouble calving, and another was out…

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    Where Are the Parents?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 16, 2011

    My good friend and colleague, Tom Bechman, wrote an excellent blog earlier this week about education, which has been solidly on my mind since embarking on our February cover package on education (See here, here and here. And here.) Tom even took time to share a sidebar for my story about what's happening in Indiana. Some folks in Illinois think Indiana was fairly progressive in encouraging/forcing consolidations a couple decades back, but from what Tom says, the verdict may still…

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    Love is in the Air. Right?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 14, 2011

    I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Illinois today, the weather is positively spring-like. Currently, it's about 45 degrees, the birds are singing, the snow is melting, the mud is forming and the cattlemen are praying their calves don't get sick. Because, as Illinois weather dictates, our high last Thursday was somewhere south of 7 degrees. And it's Valentine's Day! Just in case you hadn't noticed. This is strictly my opinion, but I feel Valentine's Day is going the way…

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    As the Bus Turns

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 11, 2011

    Ok, former farm kids: remember that day – that glorious day – from your youth, when somehow your school bus, as it wound its way around the rural backroads, got stuck in the ditch? Remember the rush, the excitement? Something different! And we’ll be late! For school! And all the kids will know about it when we do get there and we’ll be famous! They might even make an announcement on the intercom! I remember it like it was yesterday. Linda the Bus Driver miscalculated…

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    We *Heart* Beef…on TV!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 9, 2011

    If you’re from central Illinois, there’s a good chance you  know what “You Gotta Eat” means. The long-running segment on the local NBC affiliate out of Peoria visits one restaurant a week and reviews the menu, food, service and price. It’s a fun little piece to watch, in part because they love their small-town diners. And really, who doesn’t love a small town diner? Well, big news in our house tonight: You Gotta Eat is coming to a local restaurant…

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