Goessel story-teller to share farm stories through cat?s eyes

Goessel story-teller Maynard Knepp will share stories of life on the farm through the eyes of their cat, Slickfester Dude, and other animals during the April 18 session of Learning in Retirement.

The gathering will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center of the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Knepp, along with his wife, Carol Duerksen, are established writers and speakers in this area. Duerksen has written nine Amish books, with the help of her husband, who was raised in the Amish community of Yoder.

She has also co-written the book, ?Slickfester Dude Tells Bedtime Stories,? with her cat.

The couple have ministered to young people for years as youth group sponsors in the Tabor Mennonite Church near Goessel and by housing international exchange students enrolled at the high school.

They also use their farm to host events that raise funds for various causes they wish to support. Some of these events include the annual ?Night at the Barn,? ?Day at the Farm? and ?Song on the Lawn.?

The couple live on a farm outside Hillsboro and have always enjoyed the companionship of their animal friends. In the presentation, Duerksen will share about the joys animals can bring to our lives, such as healing and love.

Learning in Retirement meets throughout Tabor?s spring semester. The cost is $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple). The general public is welcome to attend.

Registration begins half an hour before the session. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-5964, or at conniei@tabor.edu.

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