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  • During an enjoyable family picnic on our country property, I mentioned to my cousins that they should harvest the three heavy fruit bearing crabtrees.

    There were several dozen apples on each tree, and Valerie wrily observed that jumping up and plucking apples would take her an hour just to fill one paper bag. Enter cousin Ken, who reached up and shook the tree really, really hard. Valerie was immediately pelted with a sudden downpour of apples. She, and everyone else, cracked up. She left with three full bags, and returned later to fill boxes for the local food bank.

    Life is good.
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