If you missed Michael's TV appearance on June 10 on the show called "The Morning Blend"
By Joe Edwards
This morning he was in the little Miller cafe next door to the post
Fred had not been in the service, because when the war started in
When Luther, Fred's best friend since childhood had flown over Miller
But today, it was Luther who seemed depressed. Fred asked him what
"Jenny's mother is in bad shape," said Luther, "We're going to have to
"Can't build a room on?" asked Fred.
"No lumber available," said Luther. "I've tried here, Mt. Vernon,
"Tried Will's sawmill?"
"Yeah, but he just saws oak, and it's green. The baby'll be here in
"Wouldn't want to," said Fred, "Reckon the mail's up?"
The two young men left the cafe and went into the post office next
That evening, Fred finished the milking and sat on the front porch
"Better put your Pa's car up," said Maggie, "Radio says rain tonight."
Fred's father had bought a new 1941 Ford just before his first heart
Fred drove the car into the new garage and latched the door. He
The next morning, Fred again drove his pickup into Miller for the
"Still haven't found any lumber, I guess?"
"No, I asked everybody at work, and nobody knows of any. I don't know
Now the nagging in Fred's mind defined itself. "I found the lumber
"You did? Where?" Luther was delighted.
"Fella I know. He'll let you have it free, you bein' a veteran and
"That's a friend for you," Luther said to himself, as he drove to Mt.
Luther dug and poured the foundation, and when it was ready for the
"Fine," said Fred, "I'll bring the first load over and be there when
Fred appeared every evening with a load of lumber, and the two men
Over the next few weeks the new room took shape and was finished and
"Same fella," answered Fred. "He's got all kinds of stuff."
Luther didn't push. Lots of older folks liked to help out the young
It was done! The women fixed the room up inside, and moved Jenny's
At supper one evening, Luther told Jenny he would like to do something
"Good idea," agreed Luther, and the next Saturday he bought a couple
When he got out to Fred's farm, there was no one home, Fred and Maggie
He drove around the house and into the driveway that led to Fred's new
The garage was gone. Only the foundation remained to show where it
Luther put the chairs on the front porch and drove home, tears in his eyes.
The two men are now in their mid-seventies, and are still the best of
There was nothing to say.
Joe Edwards was a writer friend of mine who wrote stories about his little hometown of Miller, Missouri. He was one of the first people to order an autographed copy of our book when it came out.
The remarkable thing about Joe is that he was 65 when he died, and he didn't start writing until he was 63. While he was a master of the English language (he was a high school English teacher in his younger years) he never put pen to paper until the last two years of his life, and never submitted his works to a publisher. He was a semi-retired Jazz pianist and played in, and conducted, Big Bands in the 40s and 50s.
Q: Could people have lived for over 900 years?
A: Many people find it difficult to believe that Methuselah lived to be 969
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Thought For The Day
"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."
"The man who sets a trap for others will get caught in it himself."
"Never smart off to a teacher whose eyes and ears are twitching."
From Happy Days (The Popular TV show of the 70's and 80's)
Howard: Well then. How are you gonna support my daughter? How
Chachi: Mr C., after we're married something is bound to come along.
Howard: Yeah! Then you're gonna have to feed that, too!
"I would rather believe in fairy tales than in such wild speculation. I have
"The athletes you are privileged to coach are all
"Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas
"Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church."