• Holly Spangler

    Not Nuts about Preconceived Notions

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 26, 2009

    Ever watch Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel? It’s a favorite at our house, and not just for Mike Rowe’s occasional foray into dirty agricultural jobs. We all cringed at the one where he caught snakes for the Ohio State University and got bit so hard on the wrist it actually pinched the skin together. And we laughed out loud when the woman he was working with told him, “Don’t worry – she’ll let go soon.”   We like Mike because he tells it like it is, and he’s usually pretty funny. Like the…

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    Take That, Animal Rights Activists

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 12, 2009

    A blow was struck this week on behalf of livestock farmers all over the state of Illinois when SB1337 was directed into the ag subcommittee on animal welfare. As Farm Bureau’s Bart Bittner describes, it’s the place where bills of its kind go to die.   That sends a strong message to the animal rights activists: we’re not buying your kind of crazy here in Illinois! Just because it worked in California, doesn’t mean it’ll float in Illinois. Sure, 2/3 of our legislators come from Cook and collar…

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    Not Better Than Tractors

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 2, 2009

    A story about my four-year-old, Nathan, that’s too good not to share:   Last Sunday, his aunt was leading the opening singing at Sunday School for the younger kids. She decided to teach them a new song, an old camp favorite called “I Love Jesus Better then Ice Cream.” She wanted to drive home the point about what they were singing so she asked them what they loved most in the whole world – and then, whether they loved Jesus even more.   So the kids were thinking and Nathan shot his little…

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