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Getting In the Fields

Dad was one of the first farmers on Oak Grove Ridge to get in the fields in the springtime. The frost was not quite out of the ground when my dad started plowing. Seems he was the first to plow … Continue reading

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Iodine Pills

QUESTION: Why do they give those iodine tablets to people? ANSWER: Iodine tablets protect the thyroid from cancer. The thyroid is the body organ most at risk from excessive amounts of radiation The thyroid is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland … Continue reading

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Horses on the Farm

Even after Dad bought an Allis Chalmers U tractor, he still kept three horses. Tractors didn’t always start in the winter, but there was no problem getting Dolly and Prince to move! If a horse didn’t do what we wanted, … Continue reading

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Bees Make Honey

QUESTION: Why do bees make honey? ANSWER: Bees make honey to prepare for winter. Honey is the food bees rely on when theweather turns cold. Bees live in highly socialized communities where each bee has its own job. The worker … Continue reading

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Springtime on the Scheckel Farm

Phillip preferred riding Prince, a reddish-brown horse that could gallop at full speed. Phillip, too, rode bareback, with just a bridle. Dad bought Prince at a sale north of Mt. Sterling and led him back to our farm by a … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Equation

QUESTION: What does Einstein’s equation, E=mc2  have to do with atomic bombs? ANSWER: Not a whole lot, really. Albert Einstein wrote his famous equation as an afterthought to his 1905 Theory of Relativity. He discovered that there is an intimate … Continue reading

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Spring on the Scheckel Farm

Nature was greening up all around us. Dad talked about hunting ginseng in the woods. The lilacs started blooming. The maples budded, then leafed out. Tulips on the south side of the house poked up through the ground. Our neighbors, … Continue reading

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