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Glucose in Our Blood

Glucose is a type of sugar that is in the blood. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods and is the main source of energy used by the body. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps the body’s cells use the … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca

For six days of the week the Scheckel family worked the Oak Grove farm outside of Seneca in the heart of Crawford County. But Sundays were reserved for church and rest. Except for doing the farm chores, we never worked … Continue reading

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Eat Food, Gain Weight?

If you eat a pound of food, do you gain a pound of weight? Yes and No. Yes, if a 180-pound person ate one pound of “Death By Cheesecake” or “Better than Sex” chocolate, that person would weigh 181 pounds … Continue reading

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Electric Fence on the Scheckel Farm 1954

We had an electric fence unit that used a six-volt dry cell battery. It put out high-voltage pulses to discourage cattle from crossing the fence. We sometimes took a blade of grass and lay it on the fence wire, enough … Continue reading

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Mending fences

Tales from the Seneca farm circa 1953. This time of the year, mid-August, we were done with first crop hay, shocking and threshing oats, and well into second crop hay. Mending fences was a never-ending job. We seemed to have … Continue reading

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How does a corn seed know which way to grow? 

 A plant response that involves a specific movement  is  called tropism from the Greek word  “to turn”. And any factor that brings forth such a response is called a stimulus. Tests done way back in 1806 confirmed that gravity was … Continue reading

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Planting Potatoes

As soon as the frost was out of the ground, we planted potatoes. We were a large family with nine children. At any one time, seven or eight of us were living at home. We needed a lot of food, … Continue reading

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A Pound of Food

If a person eats one pound of food, does that mean one pound of weight is put on a person? Yes and No. Yes, if a 180-pound person ate one pound of “Death By Cheesecake”, that person would weigh 181 … Continue reading

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Electrical Bone Stimulation

Bone is one of the tissues in the body that has the ability to mend itself when injured in much the same way as skin and other tissue. Fractured bones go through a natural healing process that includes the growth … Continue reading

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Planting the Garden…continued

I enjoyed watching the plants come up. I would look for the tiniest of shoots to poke through the ground, knowing that I had helped plant seeds in that exact spot ten days earlier. I would stand on a row … Continue reading

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