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Yield: Uncle Ellwyn

October 19, 2018 — I'm gonna start this column off on a somber — but thankful — note. My uncle, Ellwyn Worley, died last week in the Veterans Home and Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Mo. Uncle Ellwyn was 94 and an injured survivor of World War II's Battle of

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Yield: A lot has changed

October 16, 2018 — A lot has happened in our lives since I last wrote a column. I wrote two in advance so I could enjoy some "column-free" time. The first thing that happened to ol' Nevah and me is that our grandson Chance Yield got married. He and

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Yield: A professional

October 5, 2018 — I love dogs. And, most dogs love me in return. Love for a dog is unconditional. When I read of all the discombobulated folks in this country who are addicted or afflicted with some mental or physical problem, I wonder how many could be helped

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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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