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Knothead the bull

My mother was terrified of cattle, and I have no idea why. I, on the other hand, always turned them into big pets. The winter after I graduated, my grandfather hired me to help feed the cattle as he was getting up in years. My grandparents lived outside of Harned in Breckinridge County. I ended…

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Summers on Nolin Lake: C-130S

The summer my dad and his sister Jean went in halves to purchase a pontoon we spent a lot of time fixing up the boat. My uncle Roy would work on it one weekend, and my dad would work on it another weekend. We repeated this process until we finally had the pontoon restored to…

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Wayward drink lid

I usually stop at Jumpin Jacks in Lewisport each morning to buy a cup of coffee. The store offers a reduced rate on its coffee if customers bring back their cups, so I keep a couple on hand. I usually have more than one because I often forget to put the cup in my car…

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Fishing in the rain

We spent most summers on Nolin Lake doing two things: fishing and swimming. Usually we fished more than we swam. One summer my dad, my sister and I spent a week at the lot on Nolin Lake by ourselves, with my aunt and cousins to join us the following week. One day we took the…

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A cat named Sam2

Sam was a unique cat; he loved to attack any moths that somehow managed to get into our house. I remember one incident in particular. Somehow a moth managed to get into our living room, and Sam stalked it for several minutes. Let me set the stage for you in regards to the set up…

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A cat named Sam

By Ralph Dickerson During my freshmen year at the University of Louisville, during the mid-1980s, my sister Melinda brought home a cat she obtained from my cousin Rhonda. She named the cat Samantha, only to find out later the cat was a Sam. My dad said he would never have a cat in the house,…

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Summers at Nolin Lake: Mom

Summers at Nolin Lake were fun as my cousins, my sister and I frolicked around in the lake and generally had a good time. Most times my sister and I went to the lake with my Aunt Jean and Uncle Roy and my cousins, but many times my dad joined us at the lake for…

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Summers at Nolin Lake: Pontoon voyage

  When I was in high school my dad and his sister Jean and brother-in-law Roy went in halves and purchased a pontoon boat. The pontoon was a homemade job constructed out of 1/8th inch steel, and was 28-feet long; it was tough-as-nails and as heavy as a tank! It was not a fast boat,…

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Summers at Nolin Lake: Jon Boat

My aunt Jean and Uncle Roy owned a lot on Nolin Lake many years ago. In the spring and summer months we often went there to camp, fish, swim and generally enjoy ourselves. In his early 20s my cousin jay purchased a used Jon boat. I think it was made out of dropped-forged battleship armor;…

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Summers at Nolin Lake: Jon Boat

My Aunt Jean and Uncle Roy owned a lot on Nolin Lake many years ago. In the spring and summer months we often went there to camp, fish, swim and generally enjoy ourselves. In his early 20s my cousin jay purchased a used Jon boat. I think it was made out of dropped-forged battleship armor;…

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