The Lift-Gourse

The Lift-Gourse as told by: John Vincent Prater
This is the seldom told story of the fabled Lift-Gourse and the Farmer.This story is one of moral and of consequence, a story of greed and ingratitude.A story told many times, for many generations across the lands.At the finish of the story; some may sit in wonder, others may ponder upon when they had first heard this tale and a few will simply smile and nod.
Once upon a time; in a land not so far away, or a time not so long ago, there lived a Farmer and his Wife.The two had no children, no pets, no TV (has it had not yet been invented) and no radio.What they did have was more than five thousand acres of land, five hundred head of cattle, fifty chickens, five goats, a mule and a horse.The Farmer and his Wife worked their massive Farm, from sunup to sundown, month after month, season after season, year after year.However, one day each month (the last Sunday), the Farmer would sit on his front porch and look out over his immense Farm.His wi…

Making Some Changes

I recently decided to change the name of my page to something more in line with my original Blog of 2007.Also the name or theme of "Beyond the Horizon" is very popular.Besides that; I want my page to be a reflection of my time at Dogwood Trail in Breathitt County, Kentucky and more.By adding the preposition ‘Beyond’, I have prepared the reader to expect more.More about the trails and roads I have followed since my time on Dogwood Trail.And; so… as you follow my page, my Blog (website) and possibly purchase my book, I hope you will enjoy a stroll down Dogwood Trail and Beyond.

I have also decided to make the page more readable and easier to navigate.  I will be trying different themes as I look for the most appropriate to represent my page.
I hope you will make comments and suggestions to help me along my way.  Thanks for being a follower and recommending others to follow.


I've been spoofed. So, if You get regular e-mails from me (johnprater2531...) with a different reply to address, it's not me sending them. I found out I was spoofed when I started to receive (many) bounced back - failed emails sent from my address. A little research later and I discovered how easy it is for someone who knows your email address to send mail to anyone in your name. Be careful! Don't open anything from me. Period.

Life Everlasting - Psalms 23

The night is so black you wonder if you have gone blind.  The air is so still you have to remember to breathe.  The silence is so maddening; it reaches deep into your mind pulling at your soul.  The heat is so incredible you think you will die.  Die you may as you watch the green-white death streak across the earth in search of human flesh.  Your eyes strain to see in the darkness while visions of her flood your brain.  You fight the overwhelming urge to scream out, the pain of loneliness is so intense.  You are alone in a world of madness where lives are discarded and not considered for their true value.  You are young, but the only childhood you can remember is stuck so far back in your memories it is hard to recall them.  You fear not of dying; you fear of growing old.  Growing old without the pleasure of growing up in a normal atmosphere.  Then, your mind’s world is shattered as the sun throws it first rays of dawn upon your face.  You crouch deeper in your hole, holding tight to …

The Fourth

Where are your priorities today?
With God?
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The Coin is 1.75" in diameter, 3mm thick and weighs 1 1/4ozs.  Coin is $12.50 (USD), there is no limit on number of coins purchased.

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For several months now I have been contemplating on how not to use eBay as my source for selling my collectibles and junk.  Today; again I have opened a page here on my site titled, "The Trading Post."  I have many reasons for not wanting to use eBay any longer.  A few are:  The fees, the difficulty in getting your items viewed (for a small timer), the fees and did I mention; the fees.  I'm not out to get rich, by no means.  I just don't want to be forced to charge more for the item(s) or increase the shipping and handling costs, because of the fees.
So, here I am, attempting to make this work.  I know I'll be taking a chance that this will work without any sort of immediate payment system.  But, I'm willing to give it a try.  Both of us, You the customer and me will have to agree on an Old Country Term Called - The Honor System.

Please click on "The Trading Post" page link (to the right of this post) and review my plan and a few items I have poste…