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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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4-wheel drive equals 4-wheel dumb

By Ralph Dickerson I truly believe we need to enact a law that mandates that any person wanting to purchase a 4-wheel drive vehicle take a 6-week class on how to drive such vehicles. I suggest this course of action because too many people behind the wheel of these vehicles do not know how to…

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Funny things in life 2

By Ralph Dickerson I have a habit of often engaging my mouth before I engage my brain, which sometimes leads to me saying funny things. I failed to engage my brain several times while working here at the Clarion. One afternoon the phone rang and I answered it. I guess the lady on the other…

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Funny things in life

Over the years I have experienced my fair share of humorous incidents; some of the incidents involved things that happened to me, and others involved things I said. My cousin Darlene often brings up something I said that happened when I was about 4 or 5-years old. Someone bought me a black cowboy hat, and…

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