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Welcome

In Welcome - Start Here by Gary

Welcome to Stump’s stories.  I began writing these stories in 2006 for my grandkids.  Currently, my grandkids all live in the digital world and this site allows me to provide them better access to my stories.  This site is also in response to close friends who have encouraged me to publish my stories. The stories are about my experiences on …

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Swiss Orange Chip

In Road Trip Stories by Gary

Preface: This is a story about about a brief moment in time creating a life long memory.  Tap the off button on your electronics and go make a memory. Swiss Orange Chip The last ten years I worked for Deere I spent a lot of time in Arizona and California.  I collected test data for use in laboratory testing.  Anne utilized …

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The Kid

In Road Trip Stories by Gary

Preface: It’s the little moments along the way that bring back smiles and chuckles as a person walks the path of “retirement”. The Kid During one of our early tractor testing adventures in the hot California summer, Anne and I decided to plan a day that allowed us to quit early (that means before dark).  The test work had been …

A Chapel and a Church

In Road Trip Stories by Gary

A Chapel and A Church Sedona, AZ In Arizona, my two places to relax were Sedona and Prescott.  On a Sunday, Anne, a co-worker, and I traveled to Sedona.  The red rock formations of Sedona are a magnet for tourists.  I love mountains, and the red rock mountains just drew me into them.  The strip mall shopping center had a …

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The Ring

In Gary’s Stories by Gary

Preface: A miracle is not always front page news, a trending tweet, or a viral video on Facebook.  Sometimes it is an ordinary event orchestrated by the Holy Spirit and Angels.  This is a story of such a miracle. The Ring I arrived in Reisterstown, MD in mid-afternoon during the Fall of 2007. It had been a long journey from Iowa. My daughter was having surgery the …

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You Never Know

In Gary’s Stories by Gary

Preface: This story was written several years ago as I began the transition from technical writing to story writing.  My left brain tech friends will recognize this could have been written in four or five sentences in one paragraph.  Story writing takes a few more words. You Never Know Winter days can be dismal, grey, cold, and lonely. A birthday forgotten by your family …

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Culture Shock

In Gary’s Stories by Gary

CULTURE SHOCK My cousin Marilynn and I lost our spouses eleven months apart.  Between those deaths she had lost her father who was a mentor to me.  We teamed up to recover from the grief.  We talked a lot.  We spent some weekends together.  We vacationed in the Wisconsin north woods together.  She became the sister that I never had …

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Shade Tree Stories

In Farm Stories by Gary

Preface My memories of baling hay during Iowa’s hot and humid summertime of the 1950s. Shade Tree Stories The cool shade of a big tree brings joy to young and old.  The shade was a joyous location after a humid afternoon of baling hay in the hot Iowa summertime.  I hold fond memories of those days in my youth; days …

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Fritz’s Youth

In Farm Stories by Gary

Fritz’s Youth This story was written in 1995 by my father, Galen “Fritz” Stratton.  It was typed on his typewriter.  After high school, Dad worked as a typist for Donnally’s in Nevada, Iowa for a while before he started farming with his dad.  Dad thought it was the end of the world when they quit making typewriter ribbons.  My daughter …

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Light, Dammit, Light

In Farm Stories by Gary

Preface: Tending livestock on an Iowa farm during the winters of the 1950s was an arduous and monotonous task.  These are my memories of tending to water tank heaters for the hogs and cattle.   Light, Dammit, Light I was a farm kid in central Iowa during the 1950s; the ‘50s when we had real winter. Snow so deep it was up to …

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Farm Aromas and Sounds

In Farm Stories by Gary

Preface: The aromas and sounds experienced by farm kids in our youth of the 1950s and 1960s will live in our memories forever.  With work, a few can still be found but many have faded into history.  This story will energize your memories of the greatest time in our lives. Farm Aromas and Sounds  During my youth, the aromas and …