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Nancy Whitaker

The word ‘caring’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:37 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

Caring what others think of us is just one aspect of the word “CARING.” The Bible teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves and to care about each other. Did you know the flocks of birds in the air care about each other?

The other morning when walking back from the post office, I saw two birds at the side of the road. One bird wasn’t moving and so I assumed it was deceased. The other little bird looked like it was tending to the dead one attempting to give it “beak to beak.” As I stood there and watched the one little bird took the dead one and began to carry it, moving it with his beak. He had the main street to cross with tractors and cars coming, but he made it safely to the other side. I was amazed to see how those animals cared about their own and how tenderly he moved and probably grieved over his unfortunate feathered friend.

Down to my last cent PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:28 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

The time has come for me to retire my pen and paper, so this is the final Penny for Your Thoughts column. Let me say this, it has been pure joy writing this column and especially getting the positive feedback I have received from the readers.

Without going into detail, I will just say that many factors played into my decision.

Since I have been writing this column, I tried to present a column that addressed different situations that you may want to know about and just didn’t ask. The past and how things used to be were an important part of Pennies and it was so much fun to go back and remember little things that happened and how life used to be.

A "foodie" bucket list PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:55 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I have always been a foodie. I like to eat, read recipes, try different ingredients and love to cook. Cooking methods that I use today are somewhat different than what my mama and grandma used. Grandma would tend to fry up good old greasy ham, fried potatoes, bacon and pork chops. One special dish she cooked was red kidney beans and cream style corn mixed together. She called it kali-kamash. To some foodies this combination may sound strange, but actually it is quite delicious. I know also that when she made a salad, it was usually head lettuce chopped up with a homemade mayonnaise dressing on it. I grew up believing that was the only kind of salad dressing that existed.

Black pepper is not just for the kitchen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:13 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Sometimes as parents we look back and think, I sure wish I could relive the days when my kids were young and still in school. Of course, I have had “empty nest syndrome” for a number of years and I feel better when I think of those days back when my children were still at home.

Every mom and dad have stories to tell. We have all had escapades with our young’ns which seemed dramatic at the time, but now seem trivial. I recall one time we were in the car coming home from a shopping trip. My two daughters were in the back seat and they each had a set of pop-it beads. Does anyone remember those? The colorful beads would snap together and you could make a necklace or bracelet from them.

What do you believe? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:32 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Are you skeptical or do you believe everything you read and hear? I believe I am gullible because I tend to believe in things like UFOs, crop circles, Big Foot and chupacabras. I believe in wishing on a star, not stepping on sidewalk cracks, not walking under ladders and that if a black cat crosses your path it means ... “bad luck.”

Stories behind the walls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:26 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

One thing I notice while traveling or riding in a car are houses. I see old houses, new houses, big houses and little houses. I gaze out the window at brick, stucco and wooden homes. Now being like I am, I always wonder who lives there, are they happy, do they have children, and just what type of stories can the walls in that house tell?

Mirror mirror on the wall! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:25 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I am always wondering about something. Sometimes I just like to sit and contemplate things. Today I was thinking about mirrors. I have never met a mirror I didn’t have the urge to look into. They say a person is self conscious and unsure of himself if he constantly looks in a mirror to check his appearance.

I am also wondering who looks in a mirror more..... males or females? I really don’t know if it is unusual or not, but I glance in a mirror each time I pass one. Am I expecting to see something different than the last time I looked? No! I do it out of habit. I wonder if there is anyone in this world who has never looked in a mirror. I read that years ago the Native Americans would look into a river or pond of water to see their reflections, so we do know there has always been a way for us ladies and men to tell what we look like.

No green thing for me PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:23 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

One day, while checking out of a grocery store, the cashier told a lady in front of me, “You really ought to bring your own bags and not use the plastic ones, as they are not good for the environment.”

The lady replied, “Well, back in my day, we didn’t have the ‘green thing.’” The clerk responded, “It was probably your generation who was responsible for polluting the world and didn’t follow recycling and clean air practices.”

Money talks? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:35 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Do you know the driving force behind our country and communities? Is it health, freedom of speech or the pursuit of happiness? Maybe. Yes, this country was founded on freedom of religion and righteous beliefs, but ever since the Native Americans traded wampum for tobacco, the naked truth is that “money talks.” My old grandpa used to say, “The love of money is the root of all evil, but I’d sure like to have a root.”

Bringing back the old? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:09 PM


Do you remember what you had to eat for lunch when you were in school? I remember the likes of goulash, Johnny Marzetti, hot dogs, ham and beans, beef stew, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac and cheese and even fish sticks.

We know how difficult it can be cooking for our own family, so can you imagine cooking for many many students? Because, let’s face it, “We don’t all like the same food. We all have likes and dislikes and distinct tastes.”


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