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The Northwood Anchor of Northwood, Iowa

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We continue to read about obesity and other "lifestyle" issues cheating us from a longer life. What we don't realize is that God has a plan for aging. And many of us, myself included, need to start paying attention. These words that were shared with me, and I pass on to you, essentially are just for us seniors, but you will note God's plan fits many, regardless the age. So please read on...

We all know that most seniors never get enough exercise. However in His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking. God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw another need. He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring to bend, reach and stretch. God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors should have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.

So as you age and battle a few infirmities remember it is God's will. All this is in your best interest so quit muttering under your breath.

Up next, sent to me by my sister, a retired medical professional, these nine facts to remember as we age:

No. 9 — Death is the No. 1 killer in the world.

No. 8 — Life is sexually transmitted.

No. 7 — Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

No. 6 — Men have two motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

No. 5 — Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

No. 4 — Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

No. 3 — All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

No. 2 — In the '60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

No. 1 — Life is like a jar of jalapeho peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.

So enjoy getting older. And thanks be to God for these "tools" that will help us get there. You active farmers are getting plenty of exercise right now bringing in your largest crops in history — well, most of you.

Now let's jump into politics. It's becoming an extremely entertaining agenda. We started with 16-plus Republican candidates for U.S. President. We're already down to 14, 1 think. A few more will likely fall by the wayside soon. But I must say I am quite intrigued, and at times amused, by the "political outsiders" who obviously have captured the attention of many people. Yes, Mr. Trump offers some outrageous commentary, yet his "free speech" and business successes generate respect. And he is indeed never without an answer.

We all know Congress needs to be fixed. With a $19 trillion national debt, they can't keep kicking the can down the road. You perhaps have heard of billionaire Warren Buffett's quick remedy. "I could end the deficit in five minutes," he said in a CNBC interview back in 2011. 'You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than three percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

Suffice to say Election 2016 will be a humdinger. At this stage who knows what will happen. All I can suggest is that the Congress of the United States is in for some major changes. If not, we have only ourselves to blame.

Farm friends, enjoy this remarkable harvest season. I'm even more certain that my earlier boasting about Minnesota's state average corn yield surpassing that of Iowa is a safe bet. I think Minnesota growers will nudge 184 bu./acre or better and that would be a 10-bushel increase over their previous best in 2006.1 certainly wish there was some assurance you would be marketing this huge crop for $4 or better.

As 2015 moves toward the finish line, this closing thought: With incredible forest fires in our western states, extreme moisture in the eastern Cornbelt, and now huge rains and hurricane storms on the East Coast, we in middle America have indeed been blessed. Thanksgiving should be a most memorable event for all of us.

Dick Hagen is staff writer for The Land. He can be reached at

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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