• Holly Spangler

    My Generation Presents: Top 10 of 2012

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 27, 2012

    It's been a busy year here at Prairie Farmer. An historic drought. No farm bill. More regulations. Pink slime. Continued pushback by HSUS against livestock. Palmer amaranth. More regulations. Wait. Did I mention that already? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at what you all read most this year. And I'm beyond grateful that you do read it. Our web team has scoured the data (scoured, not scours) and here, we present you with the top 10 My Generation…

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    'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 24, 2012

    …and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… Ha! Yeah, right! There's a whole lot stirring in the Spangler house today, as I imagine is the case in your home, too. The Spangler clan will soon descend upon our home for Christmas. Our grand total head count is at 19 this year, given the summer weddings of our niece and nephew. My job at this point is to simply maintain some level of cleanliness/orderliness until everyone arrives. All bets are off after…

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    Joy, Suffering and Elephants

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 19, 2012

    Christmas is an odd mix for me this year. Life with 10-, 7- and 4-year-old children brings a ridiculous amount of joy into a household. Especially at Christmas. Everyone is just so darn excited. Like when my 4-year-old asks religiously, "how many more years until Christmas?" The anticipation is great. So are the cookies and the music and the food and the planning. And the presents! It's fun. It really is. But there's an undercurrent as well. We've known…

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    Christmas Idea: Farm Books for Kids!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 7, 2012

    Last winter, I wrote a column about some of the greater books for children, about the farm. Some of it was born of frustration; if I never see another inaccurate illustration of a corn plant, it will be too soon. Or of a "farmer" in bib overalls. And a straw hat. So very wrong. But some of it was also born of my oldest daughter's recent infatuation with some really great books, like Little Joe. So I wrote a column, including a list of our favorites and those of Illinois Ag…

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    Farm Bureau Takes to the Windy City

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 4, 2012

    So Monday, I found myself walking down the actual Magnificent Mile in Chicago, carrying my coat. On December 3. In fact, though I packed gloves and a terribly cute scarf, I never used them. Ever. What the what? For sure, it's the first time in the 15 or so years we've been attending the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago that we haven't needed arctic-level bundling. Seriously, there have been years we've underpacked, frozen, and ducked into a Macy's…

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