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" When you pull 'em - pull 'em down straight When you squeeze 'em - squeeze 'em dry" ~ advice from an old dairyman ~


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I'm an old farm boy raised on a dairy farm in Central New York State.I graduated from the local rural high school and enrolled at an agriculural college close to home. I received a A.A.S. degree and transferred to Cornell University where I received a B.S. degree. I entered Teaching and taught several years at a local rural high school - Shop and Vocational Agriculture grades 7-12. The bulk of my career has been in agricultural sales work and self emplyment. I served 21 yrs.in the US Military part of which was during the Korean Conflict. I retired in 1990 as a Master Sergeant and found I had abundant time on my hands. My wife also noticed this and there seemed to be a "honey do" list waiting for me at breakfast each morning. Now you know this wears a little thin after awhile. Don't get me wrong - I dont mind doing my share and then some but I hadn't figured on pullng the whole load the rest of the way by myself. It didn't take me long to determime that I needed more education if I was to see my "golden years" as originally planned. I enrolled at a local State university at the age of 69 and obtained my MSEd in Education in the Spring of 2000.This was a long-sought goal but never fulfilled due to extenuating circumstances. I come from a working-class family with strong work ethics and a sense of rural values obtained from farm experience. Hard work and difficult times started at the age of 10 and we're just beginng to see a little daylight. I have 4 children (1 deceased),4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. My wife passed away a short time ago and I am living alone now. Two cats keep me company. This poetry thing is something new as I never written anything until recently. My wife asked me to help her craft some verse about 3 yrs. ago and I sort of enjoyed the challenge. Like you I find it stimulates and challenges the mind and helps to keep you thinking young. It puts a different light on things.I have work in several anthologies as well as other publications but no published books. I enjoy travelling and the out-of-doors and will be spending more time doing this now that some of the larger items are under control.

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Syracuse, NY USA




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