Submitted by Neal Murphy

“A Tinker's Dam” by Neal Murphy

March 19, 2018 - I was watching the Dr. Phil show the other day when he made a statement that I had not heard in a long time. He told one of his guests that he didn’t “care a tinker’s damn about that”. That comment prompted me to delve into that old saying as to its real or intended meaning. The meaning in today’s society is “something that is insignificant or worthless”. However, the saying has more than that one meaning.

“Is There A Doctor In The House?” (By Neal Murphy)

February 19, 2018 - If we fall ill or have an injury we want to be checked by our doctor as soon as possible. After all, doctors are concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Thus, we sometime tend to place them upon a pedestal for special admiration.

“A Bird In The Hand” (By Neal Murphy)

January 15, 2018 - Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. But is that thirteenth century proverb correct? Our cat, Miss Kitty, taught me a lesson about birds several years ago that disputes the phrase.

As with most female cats, Miss Kitty, was  an avid hunter. She regularly scoured our one-acre tract for any game - rats, lizards, mice, baby rabbits, and birds. Mostly she just played with them and let them go, but sometimes she would devour a bird.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" by Neal Murphy

December 15, 2017 - In December we begin to hear many radio stations play the famous, old Christmas carols that we all love to hear. Most of these carols or hymns are very old and tell the true story of the Christmas season and the real reason for the season. One of these songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which predates most of the other carols as it was first published in 1780. As examples, “Silent Night” was written around 1818, while “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was penned in 1868.

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