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We all need a tree: A man hired a plumber to help him restore an old farmhouse. After the tradesman finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tire made him lose an hour, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start.

While the man drove the plumber home, the plumber sat in stony silence. On arriving, the tradesman invited the man in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, the plumber paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When he opened the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward, he walked his patron to the car. They passed the tree and the man’s curiosity got the better of him. He asked the plumber about what he had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” the plumber replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them.

“Then in the morning I pick them up again. Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

Ve Vant Your Blood: Sounds creepy, huh? But Sierra College is holding its annual Halloween Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Appropriate day! If you have questions about giving blood, call Cathy Callas at the Health Center at 274-5317. Everyone who participates will get a free T-shirt.

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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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