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Sept. 10, 1996

By Peggy McCracken

After a swift kick,

what to do next?

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My, my, doesn't the green grass look good since it rained? I was out
driving around the farm/ranch country near Barstow last week, looking
for ag/oil photos and color pictures for our online newspaper. In
places, the grass was knee high. I'm sure ranchers are tickled to have
something to feed their herds in place of high-priced hay.

Homeowners benefited, too, by not having to water lawns. And doesn't
the rain make the Bermuda grass a pretty green? I had to mow my back
yard twice in one week. That was a nice change from what it was last
spring - dead. We didn't water it much last year, and it just curled up
and quit. Even the weeds were scarce, since we had so little winter

I got a traveling sprinkler that waters a wide swath without being
watched. It follows the hose, then shuts off automatically when it gets
to the stop I set. I start it up early Saturday morning, then go about
my business. When I come back about noon, it has watered about one-third
of the back yard. I move it over, start it again and take a nap or
whatever. When it is convenient, I move it again and let it water the
last third of the yard.

It had revived the grass in spots when the rains started, and boy, it
really took off. Not only has it spread, it is growing faster than the
weeds and choking them out.

Leon had to help me start the mower for the second time over. It had
run out of gas the previous week, and I couldn't get it started again.
Since it has a primer instead of a choke, I couldn't figure out what was
wrong or how to fix it. Leon figured out that something was keeping it
from getting gas. While he sprayed engine starter into the air filter, I
pulled the rope to start it. Then he pumped the primer bulb until it
began to run on its own. It had apparently gotten air in the line or
carburetor when it ran out of gas, and he pumped it out.

Machinery puzzles me. If it doesn't work when I kick it, I don't know
what to do next. But I do love to work outside. Am looking forward to
fall, when it will be cool in the evenings and I can spend more time
piddling with my micro farm. Thank God I don't have a cotton crop to

"A wife of noble character who can find?...She considers a field and
buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her
work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs
31:10,16-17, NIV.

Editor's Note: Peggy McCracken is an Enterprise writer and editor whose
column appears each Tuesday.


Emotional stress

blocks learning

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Dyslexia can be corrected easily and simply or so claims Gordon Stokes,
the author of a new book for children (and adults!) who have been
labeled Learning Disabled: Without Stress, Learning Can Be Easy.

"The basis of dyslexia and so-called learning disabilities is negative
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The book has a concise, cleverly illustrated text which presents the
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Their effectiveness is not limited to children. Anyone who wants to
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offers a refreshingly simple, direct alternative.

Without Stress, Learning Can Be Easy is available this August, just in
time to get children off to a good start in a new school year. This
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For more information, contact: Charles Ostergrant at Three in One
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