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25 Old School Rules For Winter

Two feet of snow and below freezing temperatures are no excuse to not get your Old School on. Shovel your sidewalk Shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk. Reread #3 if your neighbor is elderly, handicapped or a single mom. Stock your kitchen pantry deeper than usual. Stock your bar deeper than usual. Teach your kids how to … Continue reading »

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Old Fashioned Tennessee Yard Goats

When you do eventually go over to Facebook, please like us and share us on your wall. It is said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. There’s a third certainty: people will try to avoid taxes, especially ones they feel are punitive. It is this third certainty that brought about one of … Continue reading »

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An Old School Spring/Summer To Do List

Good to see you! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook! A mild winter and the brief stretch of unusually warm March weather meant different things to different people. To me it meant work. Yard work, that is. This post was started in mid-March and is finally being posted mid-May. That’s how crazy busy it’s … Continue reading »

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We’re Getting Ducks

… just because I want’em We got our six chickens a little less than a year ago. Here’s how that went down. Step one: Think about getting chickens. Step two: Accidentally mention I’m getting chickens to my (then) four, three and two year old boys. Step three: Prepare myself to infrequently (every 5-10 minutes) hear, … Continue reading »

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How To Heat With Coal

Coal. An Old School little rock if there ever was one. Walk through a neighborhood of old houses in the Northeast U.S. and you’ll see what looks like vertical trapdoors on the side of the houses. What are they? Secondary Santa entries? No. Coal chute doors. With the exception of wood, coal is the most … Continue reading »

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Making Boys Into Men: A Small Step

A few months ago a friend of mine, Aaron, and I were discussing Vern Poythress, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  Dr. Poythress had taken an unusual approach to raising his sons. Dr. Poythress essentially has borrowed from the Jewish tradition of  training and ceremony that is the bar mitzvah and put it … Continue reading »

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How To Decorate When You’re Clueless

While you’re here, do the Old Man a favor and “like” OSR on our Facebook page. Fish and visitors smell in three days. Benjamin Franklin An ugly couch can stink up the joint, too. Old School Rules The Old School Guide To Decorating When You’re A Clueless Old School Man (abridged) Ladies, forward this to the … Continue reading »

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