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I planted my garden last weekend. It’s just a small garden, but we’ve relocated it in the yard, so it will be fun to see how this new space hopefully increases our harvest. Tomatoes (four varieties), eggplants (I’m not a huge fan, but I think they look so pretty in the garden), cucumbers, Napa cabbage (this is a new edition) and green peppers.

As I eyed the rows as I planted, I couldn’t help but think of my grandfather’s garden, which had rows that were as straight as an arrow. Each plant was spaced perfectly apart from the next, and throughout the growing season, weeds ... well, they didn’t have a chance with Grandpa’s green thumb. My role way back when was to hold the seeds, get the water and try not to drive him crazy as he planted a huge expanse of vegetables that would ultimately feed our family throughout the summer and the following months.

While my garden looked very tiny compared to Grandpa’s garden, the rows didn’t even come close to being straight. As a matter of fact, they curved and twisted through the rich, black dirt, and as I studied my work, I immediately decided I would tell anyone who asked that I had planned and planted it just that way. I decided once the plants started to grow (if they do), nobody would be able to tell my eye wasn’t nearly as good as Grandpa’s was.

And by the way, time will tell if anything really grows or not, for I could almost hear the rabbits whispering from a safe place under the not-too-distant bushes ... just waiting for me to finish my work, so they could nibble every one of those bedding plants right to the ground! I’ll keep you posted.


Pomp and circumstance is in the air in Bureau County, and I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the staff at the Bureau County Republican to congratulate all the area graduates on their achievements. Clearly, you’ve all reached an important milestone, and I urge you to take what you’ve learned and reach for the stars. While that might sound cliche, everybody leaves the graduation ceremony with dreams in their hearts and plans for a successful journey to the next stage in their life.

I would urge every one of you to realize you can’t and shouldn’t stop learning ... And remember, that piece of paper is just that ... a piece of paper. The real achievement is what you do with your knowledge and how you impact others in a positive way. One of my favorite quotes about graduation is by Elbert Hubbard, an American writer/philosopher, who said, “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.”

Check out graduation photos from Hall, DePue and St. Bede on Page 8 of today’s BCR.


It’s difficult to believe Memorial Day is already this weekend. I hope you’ll plan on carving a few minutes out of your weekend to attend Memorial Day ceremonies in your area. A lot of planning goes into these events, and I’ve been to too many of them where the turn-out has been weak, at best. And when you go, please take the kids, the grandkids, the neighbor kids ... Unless our children watch us pay our respects to the men and women who have sacrificed much for our nation, I worry they will kick the idea of Memorial Day to the curb. It’s too important to risk. I’ll see you there.


With the final school bell ready to ring, area children will be out and about. While young people don’t always remember good safety rules, it’s up to us, as adults, to keep a look out for children — our most priceless possessions. Take time to look again and again for youngsters, and if you have small children in your home, take a few extra minutes to remind them of safety rules. It could save their lives.


Have a great week. Breath. Exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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