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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    I would guess that I am like a lot of people who need to see their dentist . . . I tend to put it off until I can't stand the pain any longer. I knew that a tooth needed to be extracted, but I kept hoping that maybe the tooth fairy would sneak in some night while I was sleeping and do it for free . . . and leave a quarter under my pillow. On my last visit, there was very little pain involved; however, counting the X-rays and the "initial examination fee", I ended up writing a check for $362.00 for my one hour visit. That is more than I make in a week.
    That got me to thinking about my very first visit to a dentist . . . good old Doc Southworth. I was 7 or 8 years old and was with my Dad at the Darlington pool room. I had a loose baby tooth, and Dad sent me next door to Doc Southworth's office. As he examined my loose tooth, I smelled something strong on his breath . . . yes, Doc Southworth had been drinking . . . something very strong.
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  • Do you have a ‘problem child?’
    Friday, October 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    The boy's parents told me that their first-born son was a breech birth, which may have been an omen of what was to occur thereafter. At nine months of age, their baby boy started walking, which was rather early as far as normal child development. The toddler then began to explore the world around him, and he seemed to be able to imitate many things that he witnessed his parents do.
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  • Advice from a knuckleball pitcher......
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    I started playing baseball when I was 7 years old. My father took me up to the Darlington baseball diamond and signed me up for Farm League. I knew absolutely nothing about the game, and Darlington's famous coach, Marion "Runt" Maxwell, asked me what position I played. I looked around at the other players and told him, "I bat."
    Well, as it turned out, there was a position that I did like . . . pitching. Batting was fun, but striking out other players was much more entertaining. I controlled the situation, and also controlled the rhythm of the game. My teammates depended on me to keep the score low, and I depended on them to get enough runs to win.
     
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  • Hey kids, let grandma read to you . . .
    Friday, September 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    I was looking through some of my old scrapbooks a while back, and I found a note that my Grandma Dale had penned to me when I graduated from Darlington High School in 1966. In the note, she told me how proud she was of me and my accomplishments, and she wished me great success in the future.
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  • From Butch Dale to teachers: Thank you very much!
    Friday, September 13, 2019 7:23 AM
    Montgomery County...Past and Present.....
    Well, another school year has begun, and the children are back in the classroom. As the school year approached, I began asking kids who came to the library if they were looking forward to the start of school. It seems that most of the kids who read on a regular basis were eager for school to start, while the kids who normally check out movies . . . weren't so thrilled. Draw your own conclusions from that.
    In my opinion, some of the teachers are not quite so eager as they have been in the past, as they are now "graded" by the state with a new set of standards and rubrics which tie evaluations to student performance. I think it would be fair to turn it around and let the teachers grade the state bureaucrats who think up these new ideas and tests.
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