It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing this weekly blog for nine years. I began doing it in the summer of 2007, when my nephew, Matt, a computer whiz said, “Uncle Jerry you should write a blog.” At the time I hardly knew what a blog was. Today, I send it out to several thousand people across the country. When I ask people what they like about it, the almost unanimous response is that it’s short. And secondly, they tell me they like what the Old Timer has to say each week.
I thought it would be fun to devote an entire blog to some of the Old Timer sayings that I especially like. Most of the Old Timer sayings are mine. Some are stolen from other sources, many of them were my father’s and a fair number come from other Old Timers that I have talked with over the years.
--When you are doing nothing, how do you know when you are finished?
--Do the best you can with what you’ve got.
--Just because you’ve got a lot of education doesn’t mean you know anything.
-- No matter what direction a north wind comes from, it always blows cold.
--If bigger is better, why is a dime worth more than a nickel?
-- Life is like a river. There are twists and turns, quiet spots and rapids, deep pools and shallow
flats. But a river is always moving. Always the same but always different.
--When we forget our histories, we forget who we are.
-- Some things are best left alone.
-- It’s all right to not have anything to say as long as you don’t say it.
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Workshop: Writing From Your Life: Offered at The Clearing, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 28. Call 920-854-4088 to learn more and to register. A few openings remain.
October 15, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Writer’s Association, Riverwalk Hotel, 123 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI Keynote speech.
October 28, 9-4. Writing from your life—writing workshop at the Clearing in Door County (see above for details)
November 3, 6:30. Rock Springs Public Library, 6:30.
November 5, 11:00 a.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, Roshara Journal
November 10, 7:00 p.m. Menomonie Falls Public Library. One-Room Schools
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street