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Recent Stories by Milo Yield, Columnist

Yield: You win, Bub

August 17, 2018 — I love olden-times, true, hilarious stories. Here's one that dates back decades to when about every small rural town boasted at least one new car dealership. In this case, the sleepy little country town in the Kansas Flint Hills had a Chevrolet dealership. Not surprisingly,

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The California straw law

August 3, 2018 — Sometimes I've just got to shake my head in wonderment at the legislative antics of the great state of California. For instance, if I'm to believe what I read and hear on the news, in some cities in the Golden State you can get fined

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Old Boars’ Breakfast delay

July 27, 2018 — The drought continues unabated here at Damphewmore Acres. However, as with everything in life, what's bad for some is good for others. For example, the resident great blue herons — or shitepokes, as the old-timers of my youth like to call the fish and frog-eating

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Yield: Check it off

July 13, 2018 — Folks, I'm not big on "bucket lists" of things I want to do or accomplish in the remainder of my lifetime, but I'm on the cusp of checking off one of the items on my very short "bucket list." I've always thought it would be

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Yield: Nuthin’ is more efficient than one

July 6, 2018 — Weather alert! Winter's coming. The days are beginning to get shorter, so don't forget where you stored your long johns. ••• I hadn't heard from my Iowa sheep shearing buddy, ol' Nick deHyde, in quite awhile, so I gave him a call recently. Naturally, he

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Yield: Practice safe sacks

June 29, 2018 — The weekly Saffordville Old Boar's Breakfast Club (SOBBC) — formally known as the Saffordville Gentle Men's Club — is a reliable source of fresh column material. Last week someone mentioned that they'd been to an auction or flea market and saw a small stack of

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Yield: Birthday pennies

June 22, 2018 — Birthdays are something you can't live without. When you quit having birthdays, you're kaput. That said, however, some folks enjoy having birthdays with parties and presents. Other folks would be happy if their birthdays came and went without fanfare. All this discussion about birthdays was

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Yield: Windy stories

June 15, 2018 — Last week, the Good Lord saw fit to provide four days of respite from the heat and humidity and I used that four days to "catch up" on the gardening. Everything is weeded, bedded, caged, mulched and watered. So, I guess I could say that

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Yield: The god of rest and relaxation

June 8, 2018 — Well, now, I write a few columns in advance so I can have a few weeks of "column respite," and the god of rest and relaxation (GRR) decides to prove a point that he still has a say in how my personal world turns. That

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A few column-free weeks

June 1, 2018 — I'm writing this column in early May and you'll be reading it at the end of the month or early June. I needed time off "column-free" so I can peacefully pursue work, play, and travel for a few weeks. ••• For a good evening's entertainment

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A 62-day May

May 25, 2018 — President Trump signs executive orders left and right, so, as a constituent, I have a favor to ask of him. "Mr. President, please sign an executive order making the month of May 60 days long." The reasons for my request is that May is way

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Yield: Gravel travel, part 2

May 18, 2018 — Faithful readers, last week I left you toward the middle of the Old Boars' Tour of Wabaunsee County on Gravel Roads. My ol' Missouri buddy, Canby Handy, and I were leaving the Mill Creek Lodge at Voland Point. From there we traveled up Clapboard Ravine

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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: 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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