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(April 18)--This past weekend a tornado struck Woodward. It was on the west edge of town, which was good for the sale barn but not so lucky for those in its path. It was from one block to a quarter of a mile wide. It seemed so odd to drive by and everything look so clean and normal, and then immediately there was trash, nails, buildings completely flat or in shreds and then immediately back to clean. The last I heard the death toll was at seven. There are lots of efforts going on now to help. There are so many good people that live here, not only just in Woodward but all through the Midwest. Larry Gatlin, a famous singer, had found out about the disaster and did not call to say "what can I do?" but instead called and said, "I am coming to Woodward and will do a concert free to help raise money for those in this disaster." You have to be a good person down deep or you do not do something like that. Two cattlemen so far have donated cattle to be auctioned off to help those affected by this tornado. Another donated $510. Larry Gatlin also wrote a song after seeing the effects from this storm. The song said, "I can build another house but I can't build another you." Another lady told me her son was spending the night with a friend. Her 12-year-old son woke her up and said, "Mom, there is a tornado and we are driving as fast as we can across town." The lady said, "I get emotional every time I tell this story, as that house they left was flattened a few seconds later by the storm." When something of this nature happens I think most realize what is really important to them. And most of the time it is not the material things but often family. Thanks for the many who called to check on the sale barn and my family. And for those that didn't--you are still stuck with me for a while.

My brother-in-law just had a birthday. So I went in to the coffee shop this morning early as I knew he would be there along with all those older cowboys. I'm so much younger than the others there that I hardly fit in. I said happy birthday and then said I have been trying to think what you get for someone that already has everything for their birthday. And I soon figured it out. You get them nothing, 'cause remember they already have everything.



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