I won’t even pretend to know what’s fact or fiction about the government shut down. I’m not a rebel or a rule breaker, but don’t our taxes pay for these veteran monuments that are being barricaded from the public? I don’t get it and I don’t want to waste my time trying to figure it out, but when I hear people are being turned away from viewing monuments, which celebrate those who have fought for our freedom, I’m beginning to think there’s more going wrong with our government than just being broke. I’ve said it before - I tend to be a news junkie, but I’m even getting fed up with the conflicting reports of what’s really going on. It’s so jumbled and confusing, I finally had to turn off talk radio. When I get to the point of overload, and need to get reeled back into reality and feel comforted we are still living in simpler times, I listen to the station they call “The Farm.” Coming out of Carrollton, “The Farm” plays country music in between a lot of conversation about hog reports and cattle coming up for auction. I have no idea what the reports mean, but it’s a soothing monotone of information that is neither good or bad, it’s just information with the words hog, cattle and corn-fed thrown in to give it a good ole’ down home feeling of, everything really is going to be OK. Along with hog reports, the station also conducts some pretty awesome interviews. Shooting straight from the hip, these people being interviewed give true meaning to the word commitment. While listening to these 10-year-olds talk about being involved in their 4-H group, I realized it’s not all gloom and doom. Young people are still learning how to make things with their hands, get information from somewhere other than the Internet and appreciate working hard just for their own satisfaction. Regardless of what the government decides to do, unless you work for them and aren’t receiving a paycheck right now, there’s little we can do besides keep on doing. Time doesn’t stand still for anyone and it’s seems silly to waste any of it worrying what’s going to happen next, when the people in charge don’t even know. If listening to hog reports isn’t your thing, try driving through the country roads right now. The soy beans are about to be harvested and they are turning the fields into rolling hills of golden beauty. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get stopped by a train and have to sit there for awhile. Turn off the radio, cell phone and even the car, sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of country. If you’re still stressed and can’t find any soy beans, or a moving train, you could always mow. I recently heard scientists have discovered the smell of cut grass is relaxing. I could have saved a bunch of tax payers money if they would have just asked me first. You don’t have to “cut a fat hog” to get away from it all, visiting the countryside and listening to the radio is free and the government can’t shut them down.

Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at sandydownhome@hotmail.com