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Inside an engine, like the engine of your pickup or truck, is a crankshaft. As the crankshaft rotates, it ties together the rest of the engine to change the up-and-down motion of the pistons into the rotating flywheel at the rear of the engine that transmits the power generated to whatever that engine is mated to.

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At this point, I know everyone is tired of reading about a certain virus – and frankly, I am too. I promise to spare you from reading the phrase “unprecedented times” (on this page at least), but we have all spent quite a bit of time thinking about what comes next. What will our new normal look like?

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I am one of the administrators for my county Farm Bureau’s Facebook page. Last month, together with our women’s leadership chair, we hosted a picture contest via Facebook, and I couldn’t believe the success we had.

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It was a beautiful spring Sunday morning. Due to an abundance of caution being practiced by pretty much every soul on the planet, church was canceled in deference to approved “social distancing” precautions.

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I visited with an old friend, seems like better than a year ago now. He’s since left this world. He’d lost both legs from complications of diabetes and was fairly miserable. But he hadn’t always been that way.

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Remember when we were on the learning curve for computer viruses? It seemed, at the time, no matter what protection system I used, the fix-it guy and I quickly got on a first-name basis. We trauma bonded.

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