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Thoughts While Shaving for December 6

NFL score from Thursday night action … Chicago Bears 31 – Dallas Cowboys 24.

No new filings for local political offices since Monday. … Still have time … deadline is a couple of weeks away.

This weekend will be a busy one … shopping, Bladenboro parade and BBQ fundraiser and so much more … check our news and Events section for a partial listing.

With weather like yesterday and today … sunshine, a little on the cool side … I thought back to the 40s and 50s when neighbors would have community wide hog killings. … Some of the must-have items included a place where the hog carcass would be hanging by his hind feet … a sharp knife or two, a wash pot with a fire around it and someone with some knowledge of how and what to do.

Two or more families … work all day long, stuff the sausage and liver pudding and hang along with hams and shoulders in the smoke house and hope for the best … pray no skippers invaded the meet. … Skippers???? think that was one of the bad things that could happen.

One of the side products was hog-head cheese. … Not one of my favorites.

Ever involved or attend a hog killin’???? It was a big event … seldom hear about them anymore.

Today, we go to the store, purchase the portion we desire … prepare and enjoy and never think of the effort. … Actually, we depend on the efforts of Smithfield Foods and other packers to do the ‘heavy lifting’ and we just enjoy the final products … year-round.

“Once again we come to the holiday season, a deeply religious time that each of us observers, in his/her own way, by going to the mall of our choice.”

“Santa has it great. I buy all the toys, he gets all the credit.”

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her king…”

robert g hester

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