• Holly Spangler

    A Hundred Years

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 27, 2009

    I took a tour of the nearly-constructed rail shuttle being built by Western Grain Marketing near Macomb this week, and as I listened to Terry Rouse and Gordy Miller describe the feet of rail (7,760), yards of concrete (10,000 and counting) and bushels of storage (4.6 million), I had a flashback to an elevator tour from my early career.   Eleven years ago, I peered inside the historic J.H. Hawes grain elevator in Atlanta. Built in 1903, the wooden structure was the height of technology in its…

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  • Holly Spangler

    The (Sweet Corn) Ears Have It

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 3, 2009

    Got any sweet corn? ‘Cause if you don’t, we could fix you up. This annual rite of summertime is in full swing here in our neighborhood, as we cook it up, freeze it up and generally eat far more corn than we ever should. I spent a good share of this past weekend putting up sweet corn, and it all went pretty well…right up until I dumped an entire pan of cooling corn into the bottom of my freezer. And out onto the floor. And under the refrigerator. And splattered on the cabinets. As my 6-year-old…

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