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The World Wide Web should not be a static thing. It should be a source of
information but also of thoughts and opinions and a dynamic place of people
interacting with people.
This is our people page with a number of ongoing projects in which you are
invited to Interact with us and others of our visitors by means of email.
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We now have a private page for emails, memories, photos, and
genealogy for our family members and friends from the past.
If you are a descendent of Arthur Harlan and Annie Ewing or of
Luke Gilliam Lafever and America Goff or if you worked at the
Bert Combs Forestry Building of the Kentucky Division of Forestry
between 1968 and 1979 or attended Clinton County High School between
1961 and 1964 or attended George Foster Peabody School of Forestry
between 1966 and 1968 or have some other connection with our past
please email us to get the URL.
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See A visit to Eastern Kentucky
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for other professions and we'll put them here along with your email address.
- For Oil Men - I'll give you a lot at once and take it all back a little at
- For Farmers - Normal weather isn't.
- For Farmers - No matter how long you hold your produce waiting for higher
prices, prices will start upward the day after you sell.
- For Farmers - If you plant a larger crop because prices are high, they will
begin to fall the same day you finish planting.
- For Computer Programmers - The program will never be finished but there are
four more which must be started now.
- For Foresters - The crop you plant at the beginning of your career will be
ready for harvest at the end of your son's career.
Famous Last Words
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and we'll put them here along with your email address.
- Don't worry, we can beat the train!
- Of course I can jump over that!
- It's not dangerous if you don't touch both wires.
- This is faster.
- Fasten your seatbelt, I wanna try something!
- You can't panic me -- I have teenagers! from Robin Viens
- Hey everybody, watch this!!! from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shut up, my good woman, and watch! (spoken by my father, the
engineer, as he loaded the 10-foot pipe into the 8-foot car, and right on out
through the windshield) from Anne Lurie
- I'll have that 15th quarter pounder without cheese, I'm on a diet. -
- Hey Bill, toss me my bowling ball.
- No, this is Polish roulette, six bullets.
- There is a song called famous last words by a band called 9353.
the chorus is:
It's OK, It's not loaded, I'm a good driver. Don't worry honey...
- "I do"
- I've done this a hundred times before.....
by Kyra age 16
I refuse to pay these modern mechanics for something
I can fix myself.
by Steve Fiegen
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War of the Minds - An Internet Contest.
The War of the Minds consists of a number of battles. Each battle is made
up of four questions, each on a different subject. The war is won by the
first player to get 640 points or the first player to get 320 points ahead of
his nearest competitor.
Points are accumulated by winning questions. The winner of a question is
the first player to send the correct answer. Players are limited to one set
of answers per battle. A set of answers can answer any number of questions in
the battle from one to four. Points are accumulated faster by winning more
questions in a single battle.
Click on the War of the Minds link to view the
current battle and, perhaps, participate or to simply view the questions and
answers of the archive of battles.
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The idea is: You send us your original jingle. We
will replace the one here with the best one we receive
based on originality and imagination. We don't care about the
subject. It can be your pet cause, humor, politics, life, safety, or
You can also look at our Jingles already received
in this contest.
Oracle Page - Send your own answers to unanswered
Oracle questions or simply send questions to the Usenet Oracle at Indiana.
The Usenet Oracle is available to answer all your questions. You may
mail them to:
The "Subject:" of the message must be something like "Oracle Most Wise,
please tell me ...". Actually, all it has to have is "tell me" or
"tellme" somewhere in it. Capitalization doesn't matter. The body of
the mail should contain only your question. You should receive a reply
within a few days at most, probably much sooner.
In the meantime, the Oracle may require that you answer a question for it
as payment for its services. You will receive this question in the email.
You should respond with as most wise and witty an answer as you can.
Mail the response to email@example.com, preserving the message's
"Subject:" line. Usually, this can be done by simply replying to the mail
through the normal means in your mail program, for example, using the "r"
command in the standard Berkeley mail program. Actually, the subject
just has to contain the word "answer" and the question number somewhere
in it. The body of your mail response should contain only your answer --
don't include the question itself. Please try to respond within at most
a day's time. If you take longer, there is a chance that the question
will be answered by someone else first.
The College of the Mind - Study philosophy,
forestry, or computers by email.
The College of the Mind will offer the following subjects:
- Computer Proficiency
Virtual Living on the Internet - See what we have
done on the Internet and use the links here to retrace many of our steps for
A couple from Wisconsin wrote me telling me of their plans to visit eastern
Kentucky to look for graves of their ancestors. They asked if they would be
I replied that they would be at least as safe as in Wisconsin and I asked
why they thought they might not be safe in eastern Kentucky. I told them that
the country would be beautiful this time of year (October) and they should
have a very enjoyable trip. I told them that if they ventured far off the
main roads into the heads of some of the hollows they might find that people
were a little suspicious of strangers but people would be friendly everywhere.
The comment you make about the people being suspicious of outsiders way-out in
the hollows is exactly why I ask about safety. I have traveled a lot and
always like to be sure I am not stepping on anyone's toes. Trying to find
graves and such will require getting out into less traveled areas and I don't
want to spook or offend anyone. Not knowing local norms when going into a new
area can be trouble. What kind of a reception do you get rolling into an
obscure hollow with out of state plates?
The problem is exactly what I said, "suspicious of strangers". Fortunately
the way not to be a "stranger" is very simple. In an area in which you are
interested in finding graves, stop at the first place where you see someone on
the road or working in their yard or at a local country store. Tell someone
who you are and what you are doing and ask for help in finding cemeteries or
graves. Do this even if you know where the cemetery or grave is located. Not
only will you no longer be a stranger, but they will usually fall over
backwards trying to help you. By the way, you can't really be a stranger
anywhere in Eastern Kentucky if people realize that you have kinfolks buried
there. On the other hand I know a guy who moved to my county about fifty
years ago from an adjoining county twenty miles away. He has had a business
here and raised a family here and now his sons have businesses here. He told
me a while back that local people still consider him an outsider. He doesn't
have any kinfolks buried in this county.
I can't tell you how perfectly you've hit the nail on the head in
understanding the core of my question................the advice to ask the
first people we see and explain who we are (even if we know right where a
cemetery is), is EXACTLY the information I was looking for. This is the
most helpful advice I have gotten and I will take it with me into the
hills. Thanks again for taking the time to help some strangers.
I'll let you know how it went.
We had a great trip and were surprised to find that Elliot County and
Morgan County were not the poverty-stricken areas that people had
predicted. Not only was it not poor, it wasn't that rural. A different
world, true.........but a clean, proud American feeling kind-of-place.
Very nice houses most over $100,000 in local value and lots of new cars.
Tobacco hung heavy in most barns and the land had a manicured look to it.
As for the people; they were the best part as I expected. They were
friendly and helpful. I would have guessed it to be very rural and poor
too, but there's money there.......lots of it. I'll be going back. Your
advice was much appreciated, but to my surprise there were no "Hollers"
like in some other areas of the country.........for God's sake, I heard
teenagers with subwoofers cranked-up on their car stereos just like here in
Green Bay and Milwaukee. That surprised me. Now all you need is a dish
and you're in touch with the world.
Bedford County in Virginia was a different story. It felt very rural
and more out-of touch in the sticks. Not a clean look to the countryside
and not much cash flying outside of the cities.
My hat's-off to Eastern Kentucky...........a hell -of -a nice place to
spend some time. I will be going back.
Thanks again for your advice Duane, I am thankful to you for taking the
time to write me.
The Important Things Life Teaches You...
- 1. Most Important Question
- During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop
quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions,
until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the
school?" Surely this was some kind of joke.
I had seen the cleaning woman several times She was tall, dark-haired and
in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving
the last question blank.
Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count
professor "In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant.
They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
- 2. Pickup in the Rain
- One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on
the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car
had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided
to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her - generally unheard of in those
conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get
assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big
hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.
It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.
The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just
before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving
Mrs. Nat King Cole
- 3. Always remember those who serve
- In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of
water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?"
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his
pocket and studied a number of coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice
cream?" he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the
waitress was a bit impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she said brusquely. The
little boy again counted the coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away.
The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the
waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at
what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels
and five pennies - her tip.
- 4. The Obstacle in Our Path
- In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along
carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid
down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After
much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in
the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and
a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed
the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never
understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's
- 5. Giving Blood
- Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got
to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious
disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from
her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if
he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for
only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it
will save Liz."
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as
we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale
and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling
voice, "Will I start to die right away?" Being young, the boy had
misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister
all of his blood.
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
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