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Yield: The odds and ends of Milo Yield

September 7, 2018 — Over time, my messy desk gets messier becuz of all the stuff that kindly readers send me or email me or just seems to fall out of the sky and hit my desk. So, this week I'll bill as the odds and ends week. There

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Yield: Wabaunsee County gravel travel

May 11, 2018 — Faithful readers, I don't want to bore you with a personal travelogue, so if you're not interested in reading about my experiences on a two-day Old Boars' Tour of Wabaunsee County on Gravel Roads, now's the time to quit reading and move on to something

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Yield: Moth Balls

May 4, 2018 — I loved old-time, family-owned hardware stores. They had everything you could imagine in stock and it was crammed into the narrow aisles of the main floors, the upstairs, basements, plus the walls were crowded with "stuff" to the ceiling. Such stores had what I call

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Yield: How the times have changed

April 27, 2018 — Sometimes interesting or humorous true stories from the distant past just morph their way into my columns. Such is the case of this true story which emerged out of a conversation with a good friend about how times have changed since we were children. My

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Yield: A couple pranksters

April 20, 2018 — My story about the Washington state ranching couple who pulled pranks on "gun free" retailers in the Seattle area, prompted a response from ol' Lowe Beamer from Nebraska. Lowe wrote: "A couple years ago when your Platte City, Mo., buddy Canby Handy, came out to

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Yield: Tractor versus garage

April 13, 2018 — I never hesitate to pass along in my column information about the dumb-dumb things that aggie folks do that turn out funny — or somewhat humorous and costly. So, I'd be a real hypocrite if I failed to pass along a humorous and costly dumb-dumb

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Yield: Monkey business

March 30, 2018 — I have a friend in southeast Kansas, ol' Hugh G. Gardiner, who grew up in eastern Kentucky on a hard-scrabble farm with a lot of kids, a small tobacco allotment, some fine coon hounds, access to a moonshine still and not much else. He moved

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Yield: A wooly way to die

March 23, 2018 — When you've lived as long as I have, and been involved in agriculture the whole time, you reach a point where you think you've seen or heard about every conceivable way that agriculture could make you smile — or shake your head in wonder. Wrong!

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Yield: The east Kansas wind

March 16, 2018 — I'm still not through with stories about my maternal grandmother, Ann. She not only played a mean ragtime piano, but also wrote songs and poems, loved to play games with family members, and could prepare chickens for the locker in record time. She also taught

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Yield: ‘Oh, For the Life in the Ozarks’

March 9, 2018 — A few weeks ago I mentioned my maternal grandmother was quite a character. She loved to play cards and board games with us grandkids; she loved to fish, she played the meanest rag-time piano I've ever heard, and she couldn't read one note of sheet

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Yield: A bourbon ritual

March 2, 2018 — This was a week of reader responses to past columns. One faithful reader, ol' Taka Sipp, wrote: "Just finished reading your column about sampling your dad's hidden wine. That story reminded me of myself back in 1960 or 1961. My Dad did not partake too

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Yield: Our illicit teenage drinking

February 15, 2018 — Much of the appeal of the "good ol' days" from old geezers like me is that the funny stories from those days just keep on coming. I went to lunch last week with an old geezer named Milkan Tosser and we got to telling stories

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Yield: My senior moment

February 9, 2018 — Well, I celebrated my 75th birthday recently and I greeted it with a humorous senior moment that should warrant a chuckle from the age-impaired like me. My good friend Mocephus has a birthday on the same day (as does my good wife, Nevah) and his

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Yield: Country roads take me to Kelso

February 2, 2018 — This has been a fun week so far. Having the weather clear from cold and stormy to warmer and sunny opened the door to the fun. My good buddy from Platte City, Mo., ol' Canby Handy, drove down on Tuesday and got here in time

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Yield: Practical Joe Kerr

January 26, 2018 — Practical jokes among or between friends usually make for good, funny stories. I heard one last week that proves that point. It happened decades ago. The main character in the practical joke wuz ol' Reece Eyekler, a public trash hauler in a rural community who,

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Yield: Get even

January 12, 2018 — I love funny stories that date back to the old one-room schoolhouses that so many of us oldsters attended in our youth. I got this story from one of the old boars, Judge Ordecourt, who joins us every Wednesday mornings for the Saffordville Gentle Men's

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Yield: The deer blind

January 5, 2018 — Well, most of another deer hunting season has gone by the wayside and, as I expected, I'm still venisonless. My neighborhood kids that I call the Patient Duo harvested a fat doe that I helped them retrieve from the field, but other than that, I

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Yield: Tis the season

December 22, 2017 — Well, the Christmas Season is upon us whether we're ready or not. I'm not completely ready for Old Saint Nick's visit, but I'm close. I'll readily admit that I'm not a Christmas gift shopper, but simply a Christmas gift buyer. When I finally decide what

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Yield: Thanksgiving so good we tried it thrice

December 1, 2017 — This Thanksgiving holiday is shaping up to be one for the record books — which also will probably reshape my already not-so-shapely shape. Here's why: I've already eaten one fantastic Thanksgiving meal in Oklahoma City. We're hosting another Thanksgiving meal here at Damphewmore Acres on

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Yield: My Norman Rockwell moment

November 9, 2017 — After my two days last week in the alien environment of the big city, it wuz refreshing to get my haircut this week at Richard's Barber Shop in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. It's like going back to the comfortable, uncomplicated days of my childhood living on

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