ImaStory

I was 3 years old and I stepped on a tomato in the garden and was warned by my dad not to do it again and i did it again anyway. I though about the story after one of my (2) grandsons asked me what the first thing i remembered. So this is a conversation between the three of us.

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A Story For Horse Lover's
Thursday, December 28, 1950
The Belgian Draft Horses are the most poplar of all draft breeds in the United States. They are one of the oldest and most powerful horses, bred for industrial work, farm work and has the ability to pull tremendous amounts of weight. The draft horse my grandfather owned whose name was Clyde was 17 hands (68 in./170 cm) tall and weighed over 2,000 pounds (900 kg). This is my story of working in the field with that big brown beauty and why I loved old Clyde so much. I tossed and turned in a sweat soaked bed. It seemed like I’d only slept a couple of hours when d ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Saturday, February 11, 2012, 5:30:00 PM
  • updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:15:00 PM
How To Write A Novel
Sunday, December 28, 1980 to Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A Book "What an astonishing thing a book is. Its a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A boo ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Thursday, December 22, 2011, 1:11:00 PM
  • updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:51:00 AM
SAD The Life Story Was Not Started Earlier
Sunday, February 12, 2012
As Mark Twain once said, “there has never been an uninteresting life.” Hi Rolland,
Wanted to let you know that I have gotten your cousin Wave started writing her life story. I just have a few pages going but that is a start, isn't it? I thought I would send them to you when I get further along, this way you can tell me if ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Saturday, February 11, 2012, 4:54:00 PM
  • updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:19:00 PM
Giggin' Suckers On An Ozark Mountains River © 2010
Thursday, December 28, 1939 to Wednesday, December 28, 1949
I smiled at Dad as I climbed into the cab of the pickup truck and closed the door. I was ten years old and had never floated the river at night during the dead of winter. I was excited to be going on my first sucker giggin’ trip. Gigging is using a spear with three metal prongs to take fish or frogs rather than to catch them on a hook or by hand. Suckers are bottom-feeding fish that are very tasty when taken from spring fed Ozark streams. Mom walked out the front door of our two story white farmhouse and waved as Dad pulled from the driveway onto a gravel road. “Y&rsqu ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:25:00 PM
  • updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:26:00 PM
Johnny's Shack
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Johnny’s Shack Published in Kansas City Voices ©2004 I drove through downtown Kansas City one evening recently and heard the so ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Sunday, February 05, 2012, 8:36:00 PM
  • updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012 8:47:00 PM
Boston Whaler Adrift On The Missouri River
Thursday, December 28, 1995
Before there was a boat ramp at Historic Lewis and Clark Kaw Point Park and Berkley Riverfront Park the closest access to downtown Kansas City, Missouri by water was the 7th street ramp in Kansas City, Kansas. That’s where a friend and I launched my 17-foot Boston Whaler, out destination being a cruise up the Missouri River to Atchison, Kansas. When we reached Kaw Point Park, which is at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, we decided to go downstream and take a short cruise along the Kansas City, Missouri skyline before heading N ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 8:38:00 AM
  • updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:18:00 PM
Bathing a Snake In The Shower
Saturday, December 28, 1957
Published by Central Methodist University © 2011 My roommate at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, was Max Nickerson (class of 1960), but everyone called him Snake. He helped his dad run Nickerson’s Zoological Gardens. Snake was my roommate during my freshman year and always had a stash of exotic wild meat, rattlesnake being one of his favorites and mine as well after I adapted to the idea. Snake had been bitten by a cottonmouth when he was a youngster and lost is index finger down to the second joint. His trademark, in additi ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 10:10:00 AM
  • updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 10:12:00 AM
Ozark Mountains Outhouse “Privy”
Thursday, December 28, 1939 to Wednesday, December 28, 1949
i created an audio CD of my award winning fishing stories and when i finished and had space for one more story on the recording i decided to do something out of the ordinary so i wrote a story about the outhouse on our farm. A structure sometimes called a 'privy', which most people who lived outside of the cities in America had at least one of before indoor plumbing and electricity came to their neck of the woods. During the course of my youth and the times I frequented the little white building located a few hundred feet away from our home, I had some unusual ex ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Monday, January 02, 2012, 8:37:00 AM
  • updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:28:00 PM
Skunk Surprise
Friday, December 28, 2007
The reason i'm posting this recipe is because it appears in a cookbook called Homegrown in the Ozarks: Mountain Meals and Memories which of all things was a finalist for best book of the year in Missouri in 2007 and i told my co-author Mary-Lane when we complied the book we shouldn't put it in because there are so many wonderful recipes from the Ozark Mountain in the 1930's and 1940's when ladies cooked on woodburning cast iron stoves and it just did not fit and it's been the most read and commented on of all 140 recipe listings. That was almost the only time I was wr ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Sunday, February 05, 2012, 8:06:00 PM
  • updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012 8:27:00 PM
Ozark Superstitions
Monday, February 20, 2012
If you visit the Ozark Mountains and fail to follow the superstitions of the hill people, dire things might happen to you, because they have a sign and omen for every hour of every day. The traditional Ozarker is among the most superstitious group of people in American history. Superstitions are usually not specific to any particular events. They can involve cats, bats, the weather, animals, birds, births, death, marriage and courtship, sickness and medicine, crops live stock. And that’s only a few in a long list… During my time growing up in the Ozarks ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12:03:00 PM
  • updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:14:00 PM
Buying Stuff
Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012
Buying Stuff Presented @ a KC Writers Group Reader Function I enrolled in a comedy writing class at UMKC in Kansas City a couple of years ago and this is a version of my script that was broadcast on a local radio station. Writing comedy is a difficult venue. I say that in case you don’t think what h ...continued...
  • By: Rolland  Love
  • Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 11:48:00 AM
  • updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:55:00 AM

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