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Yevet Tenney

Yevet Tenney has been writing for Progressive Dairy for many years. Her heartfelt, inspirational articles are a favorite with readers.

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My Wage
“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”

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When I was a child, time seemed to move like cooling taffy. There was plenty of time to play. There was time for long conversations on the front porch and around the dinner table. There was time to make a quilt and time to embroider. There was time to visit with a friend and take a long walk in the forest.

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Right after Christmas, the store windows fill up with hearts, cupids and flowers attracting lovers to remember their one-and-only. Valentines, chocolate candy and pajama-gram commercials fill the airways and the Internet. It is a free-for-all of expectations of what a lover is to do to prove never-ending affection.

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A couple of months ago, I promised I would share more gifts you can give to your children – not from the perspective of changing the child so much as changing the parent. These are not textbook theories; they were gleaned in the furnace of mistakes and struggles for solutions.

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I sit here in front of my computer contemplating Christmas. It is a few weeks away but preparation needs to be made. After all, it is the biggest and most anticipated event of the year. Children have “sugarplums” dancing in their heads. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer must guide Santa through the fog to the rooftops in a sleigh laden with gadgets and trinkets to delight every child. Elves must be up and busy.

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There are a few things I have learned in raising 11 children and teaching in the public school for several years. I am not an expert – but close. I have probably made every mistake in the book and had to figure out how to correct my errors without causing a bigger travesty.

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