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Lifestyle Tip: Be Chivalrous! … Also Known as the “Chicken Story” October 5, 2012

Editor’s Note: I first ran this story by my brother, Brent, back in 2006. I was reminded of this story once again recently when the family sat down around mom’s kitchen table to tell stories on one another. This one came up. Enjoy.   By Brent Murphree Having established ourselves ─ my family ─ deeply [...]

On the Farm: Throwing Stones at Glass [Farm] Houses August 8, 2012

 By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air Editor’s note: I originally wrote this post in 2006. With updates here, I share a story of life growing up on the farm. While on my routine walk in the neighborhood, I noticed a Dad scolding his two boys for kicking up the decorative rock in one of our [...]

Dear Friend: Volunteer to Work on an Urban Farm July 9, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Seriously. You will understand more about farm life by volunteering to work a few hours each week on a nearby urban farm. Under a floppy straw hat and long sleeves, you can help plant the next season’s crops, weed the garden and even help with the harvest. Such an [...]

Capture Your Unscripted Moments July 4, 2012

  You know, those moments in your life unplanned, unexpected and singularly so special; those moments that even the best scriptwriter could not have written for a Hollywood movie. The country life has plenty of those moments. What moments in your life do you treasure as unscripted moments? (Originally published on Julie’s Fresh Air, May [...]

Celebrate the Essentials, Not the Incidentals April 23, 2012

ByJulie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air I actually talked about essentials, not incidentals several years back when I first began this blog. But I’m revisiting the topic today because I just got back from a weekend trip down to mom and dad’s. I got to hang out with some of the nieces [...]

Be Persistent in the Pursuit of Your Goals January 26, 2012

By Curt Murphree,  Mortgage Banker for PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company My seven-year-old daughter, Bethany, has been asking me to take her on a run for a few weeks now. On Sunday she asked, “Dad can we go on a run today?” I tell her, “I did a run this morning – let’s do it another day.” [...]

On the Farm: More Pistachio Stories, Part II September 23, 2011

Editor’s Note: On the Farm: Summer Jobs — Pistachios, Part I is Brent’s first installment on our life working in the Pistachio Orchards. Read of our other exploits during summer work below.   By Brent Murphree, Cotton Board Pistachios were a big part of our lives as kids and some of our best times were had [...]

On the Farm: Summer Jobs — Pistachios, Part 1 September 9, 2011

By Brent Murphree About the time I became a teenager; Dad established a pistachio seedling nursery and planted some acreage in pistachio trees. The enterprise was to become the largest source of income for Julie and me. The nursery was located on Grandpa and Grandma Murphree’s farm.  The seeds were sprouted in Grandma’s basement, planted [...]

On the Farm: We Worked During Our Childhood … August 12, 2011

By Brent Murphree I often begin my conversation with my nieces and nephews – ranging in ages from 7 to 16 – by asking whether or not they have jobs yet.  They usually just laugh and roll their eyes.  Under a lightly veiled cloak of humor, I’m very serious when I ask. I believe that one of [...]

On the Farm: Ag Has Taken Us all Over the World! July 15, 2011

By Pennee Murphree, former cotton, wheat and alfalfa farmer While Julie and I were in Virginia in June we got to thinking of all the great, trips we have had together. Most of them were related to our work promoting agriculture, her employment or just plain old fun. We’re just both so compatible and such [...]

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