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Week of Oct. 5, 2022: Cards and Contemplations

‘Take change a bit at a time’ The Hermit, IV of Wands, IX of Wands, King of Cups Merry meet, dear readers. This is the first column of what I hope will be many, and I hope that you join this journey along with me. Before you continue, take note: while the cards have their…

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Outdoor Truths – October 5, 2022

As a young adult, I remember fishing the riverbank at Mr. MacDonald’s farm. (Yes, Old McDonald had a farm. Lol) He was an older man whose property ran along the river. I don’t remember how we first discovered this place, but it seemed to not upset him when we set up camp at his place.…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – October 5, 2022

Something Is Missing this Fall By Bill Hoagland I love this time of year—clear blue skies, a slight nip in the air and a hint of the leaves just starting to turn color. But for me, there is something missing this year. Normally, in September, on these clear blue days, we see the sky filled…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – September 28, 2022

Stirring Up the Hornet’s Nest By Bill Hoagland Last week I found something hanging over a trail on our farm; it was about eight feet in the air and attached to a tree limb. A photo is enclosed with this column. Folks, this is not a fun-filled Mexican pinata, full of candy and waiting to…

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Outdoor Truths – September 28, 2022

All things work out for the good I made my way to the tree stand on opening day of Tennessee’s deer season. The weather was perfect, including a chance of light rain. I had prepared for this hunt by being meticulous about being scent-free as much as possible. I should have arrived a few minutes…

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Outdoor Truths – September 21, 2022

I’ve always prided myself on trying anything once. That doesn’t mean I throw all caution to the wind and do things like swim with alligators, but generally I’m game for giving something a first shot. This especially goes for food unless its worms, bugs, and slugs. That’s where I draw the line. Over the years…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – September 21, 2022

A Brief History of Non-Alcoholic Beer By Bill Hoagland In the August 20 edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was an article about recent increases in the sales of non-alcoholic beers; surprisingly, a growing number of beer drinkers, including millennials, are choosing to drink non-alcoholic beer instead of the real stuff. There are lots…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – September 14, 2022

Lessons Learned from the Gibson’s Bakery Case On August 30, the Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Ohio Court of Appeals in the case of Gibson’s Bakery vs Oberlin College, thereby ending a defamation lawsuit that lasted six years and involved what can happen when “private persons” are wrongfully accused of…

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Outdoor Truths – September 14, 2022

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer. Well, that is unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too…

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Ridge Runner Chronicles – September 7, 2022

Solving Jupiter’s Mysteries By Bill Hoagland Do you know someone you just can’t figure out? Someone with lots of quirky mysteries? For me, Planet Jupiter in our own solar system falls into that category of human personalities; it is loaded with strange things going on that, for centuries, have defied our ability to fully comprehend.

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