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Down on the Farm: Senility etiquette

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A question of manners: What is the proper way to inform a friend that you have already heard the story they have started to tell for the fifty-third time?

Equally vexing: What is the proper thing do when the look on the faces of others makes it clear you have embarked on a story they have heard fifty-three times before? Do you stop mid-sentence? Do you limp onward, hoping that the story will bear retelling?

As senility advances, these questions become more important.

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Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He also writes a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota. He has published four books, including most recently Pirates on the Prairie, which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure." You can read more from Eric at his website, The Country Scribe

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