Articles By: John Schlageck

Give thanks for our wholesome food

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau It’s holiday time with Thanksgiving this Thursday and Christmas and New Year’s Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food—ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie. What better time than during this festive period to give thanks for the most wholesome […]

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It’s all about safety

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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Need a whack on the side of the head?

There’s an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication. While there are countless ways of doing so, many of us remain tied to the comfort of doing something in the same way. As a result, it […]

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Good quotes are like stones in gold rings

Quotations are like rare stones in rings of gold. They provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff, provide a cowardly lion with courage or simply clear away all the cobwebs from a darkened corner. For a writer, quotations can add zip to a story or help provide […]

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Courtesy is key with start of hunting season

In a month the Kansas fields, hills and woods will awaken to the sound of booming shotguns and barking dogs. Nov. 11 is the official opening day of upland game hunting. Hunters and their canines will once again swarm the countryside searching for pheasants, quail and prairie chicken. Duck and turkey season is already in full swing. Farms and ranches […]

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Is Indian

summer

returning

to Kansas?

Indian summer heralds in a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in the Sunflower State during autumn. Weather conditions are shaping up for sunny and clear conditions with above normal temperatures, occurring late-September to mid-November. Indian summer is without question the best season to live in Kansas. Tempera­tures are milder—gone are the sweltering dog days of summer. […]

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Keep telling the story of American farmers

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau I love to eat. Like millions of fellow Americans there’s nothing better than food grown and produced on this nation’s farms and ranches. I’ll eat a thick, choice rib-eye steak hot off the grill any time. Make sure it has all the fixings—baked potatoes, steamed green beans, salad, fresh bread and a chilled gin […]

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Collecting stories is a chronicle of the experiences we lived

Whether a writer has written for 40 months or 40 years, most of us have collected, filed or shelved evidence of our work. The amount varies from a few stories, to several boxes and to possibly hundreds of gigabytes. Most of these collections include every magazine issue that has showcased our work. Every column we have penned. And don’t forget […]

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Classic rural movie theaters provided terrific times for kids

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I’m talking about—those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee. Back in those days, “the guys and me” […]

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Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or not. Let’s look at a Kansas family farm. In our state, many are based on owner operation. This means the rights and responsibilities of ownership are vested in an entrepreneur who lives and works the […]

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