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Hurry up

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin. It was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes – during that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that at least a thousand or so people went through the station, […]

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Mary Huffman, Barb Smith, Audrey Smith, Heath Kellogg, Brian Gumm

Tama County Q3 2014 Pitch & Build

On September 9, 2014, Tama County Economic Development hosted the Q3 2014 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about unique specialty shops in Dysart and Gladbrook, and food and drink opportunities in Tama and Toledo. Barb Smith of […]

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Magic Doors

The farmer growing up never spent much time in big cities, so when his son was 6, his wife insisted they go to the “city” to do some back to school shopping.  At the mall, the farmer and his son were amazed by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. […]

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Direction

A woman was watching t.v. when a breaking news story interrupted her show. A driver was wreaking havoc by driving the wrong way on Interstate 280. She knew her husband took that interstate home from work and immediately called his cell phone to warn him. Wife: Herman are you ok? I saw on the news […]

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Sticks and Stones

The martial arts master spoke to his students: “Tonight I would like to speak to you about wise speech.  Wise speech is that which is truthful, gentle, helpful, spoken from a kind heart and is timely.” Then he spoke at great length about the harm that results from rude, mean spirited, harsh or careless words. […]

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It’s the Spark Plugs

A guy’s car breaks down on a rural road on the way to a job interview. He curses his luck, gets out, pops the hood and peers into the smoking engine. After a few moments with no success, he hears someone say “Reckon it’s your spark-plugs, mate.” The man looks up and around, wondering who […]

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Static

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?” She replied, “About ten acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.” “No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?” “It is made […]

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One Hit Wonder

According to the editors of Billboard Magazine, a “one-hit wonder” is an act that has won a position on Billboard’s national. Pop Top 40 just one time.  I am sure you remember artists that only hit it big once, like “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas in late 1974, or Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit “Don’t Worry […]

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The Boiling Frog

Many have heard the parable of the boiled frog, put a pot of cool water on the stove and then add the frog. Not sensing danger the frog will stay. Slowly as the water warms, the frog relaxes. The warmth feels good. As the water gets hotter it acts like a steam bath draining away […]

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Haymaking Assumptions

A clergyman walking down a country lane sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off. “You look hot, my son,” said the minister. “Why don’t you rest a moment, and I’ll give you a hand.” “No thanks,” said the young man.  “My father wouldn’t like it.” […]

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