October 20, 2019

I Am a Better Person

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We should be able to say that because of our association with one another, “I am a better person having known you.” Years ago I heard this story which found a permanent spot in my memory. A Spanish girl named Elizabeth told the story about a sweet and unusual friendship between her mother and an old native Indian woman from Central America who came to their home often. With each visit, the Indian woman gave
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October 14, 2019

My New Books

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Holy bovine! It’s official. I actually have a real live, cuter-than-a-bug children’s book published in eBook, paperback, and hardback available on both Amazon and Ingram Spark outlets. The CAT MEOW EBook ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-3-0 Paperback ISBN:  .‍978-1-7340024-0-9 Hardback IBN: .‍978-1-7340024-4-7 https://smile.amazon.com/Cat-Meow-nobody-myself-Storybooks/dp/1734002409   I also published my memoir WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN. My perspective is from the other side of the mountain of opinions. Personally, I think it’s a beautiful story. Not popular, but if I was
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September 29, 2019

Example and Precept

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My father had lots of fun ways to teach lessons. One day he put a bowl of candy on his desk. Sure enough pieces of candy began to disappear throughout the next several days. One night he came home for prayer time and brought the bowl of candy with him. He pointed out that several pieces of candy were gone. “Did I offer anyone a piece of candy?” he asked. We all looked around the
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September 14, 2019

Ahead and Behind?

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Last week I was trucking near Tucson and saw an IN-N-Out Burger joint. It is particularly dangerous for me to be hungry while driving a semi-truck and come upon In-N-Out. Something about those freshly cooked French fries with the pink pickle sauce has me hitting the brakes and looking for a place to park. Give me forty acres and I’ll turn this rig around, right? Not sure if they mean my truck or my backside.
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September 8, 2019

WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN

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  This is the second publication in a series on Amazon called FLDS Lady. This book is Part One of three which will complete my personal memoirs. Still tweaking my book cover. Soon to publish… This account is from the “opposite side of the mountain”. All stories currently being told about the FLDS are negative, even extremely derogatory. Although my story may be far less sensational and indeed, less popular, it is still my truth.
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September 1, 2019

The Cat Meow

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Yaaaay! Finally, almost ready to publish my first children’s book. THE CAT MEOW is the first in a children’s book series called Square Peg Storybooks Written by Maggie Jessop Illustrated by Filipa Losada Published by Highroad North Coming soon on Amazon! A story about being yourself. Way back when I was a kitten, all kinds of personalities lived on our farm. Everybody tried to be somebody else. The mule thought he was John Wayne, and
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August 26, 2019

Energizer Bunnies

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I learned early on that the human heart has the capacity to love many people. I have often heard the mainstream argument that too many children means there is not enough love and attention to go around. Not so in my family. If anybody felt left out, it was only because they wouldn’t get their lazy carcass out of bed in time to get in on all the fun. For some reason, most of us
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August 18, 2019

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn

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My childhood felt free as a bird. Sometimes we may have been a little too free and were prone to mass participation in mud fights, water fights, and clod fights as opportunity permitted. Jessop kids seemed to know no fear. Our dare-devil escapades on bikes, in swings, on roofs, in trees, on mountains, and in water holes would probably have given our parents a few heart attacks if they had seen it all. It seemed
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August 11, 2019

Short Creek Tourists

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From Maggie’s forthcoming book “WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN” It was typical for my sisters and I clad in ruffles and lace to be found skipping down Main Street holding hands on our way to school singing songs in three part harmony at the top of our lungs. Once in a while, Father joined us in our skipping jubilees. We all competed to see who could skip the fastest and highest. Because Father was never embarrassed
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August 5, 2019

Where Much Is Given

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From Maggie’s upcoming book “WHERE MUCH IS GIVEN“. Born of Goodly Parents I hit the Earth in May 1964, and it was big news. What? You didn’t hear about it? Well, it was a great event for me. I was born in a place called Utah, but it could have been Jupiter for how different my world was from mainstream America. The Father of all Creation chose me out of all the millions to arrive
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July 28, 2019

FULL of BEANS Author Update

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I spent the last few weeks editing and updating my published book FULL of BEANS. I added a few stories and pictures, as well as improved the format. Since the subject matter of my beans book is highly controversial, naturally the book is not exactly popular. But it definitely gets read. My motive is not to make money on the book. I have spent more than $2,000 over the last two years to complete the
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July 14, 2019

Fun and Flubber

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From Maggie’s forthcoming book… I looked forward to starting first grade with the patience of a bumble bee caught in a Mason jar. My wiry little self fairly trembled with excitement over the prospect of book learning and living life to its fullest. Since I couldn’t seem to wait, I started my own little school in our basement. Mother got us some little desks and chairs and a blackboard. I corralled my younger siblings into
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July 2, 2019

Photo Contest

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I have never won a beauty contest, nor have I ever entered one. But hey! I figured Belinda, my truck, could win. She’s mighty pretty, especially when she reflects the sunset. I decided to enter a photo contest offered by Women in Trucking, a website that supports and promotes female truck drivers. With the demand for drivers at an all-time high, there are simply not enough menfolk to meet it. Women to the rescue! This
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June 22, 2019

Music for the Road

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I drive a semi-truck many hours of most days. Sometimes the music fills my head and I write songs. A couple weeks ago, this song came to mind. The Lovely of You Dedicated to the memory of my eight beautiful children who are grown and flown by Maggie June 2019 They say a trucker’s life is lonely, endless hours and days alone; But I’ve got something better than radio; by end of day, time has
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June 6, 2019

Blonde Moments

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Live load, tandem axle, air brakes, halogen fluid? Huh? It was Greek to me. Ever had a blonde moment? C’mon, admit it. Even if your hair is dark black and you are a veteran male truck driver with eleven million miles and 78 years of experience, you might recall waaaay back when you had a blonde moment. The internet flaunts quite a number of trucker blonde moments. Swift drivers are the butt of the largest
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May 19, 2019

Never Give Down

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I recall hearing a story years ago that made a big impression. I don’t remember the name of the author or the name of the man in the story, so I will tell the story as I remember it. There was a certain young man whose name was Michael. When but a young man of fourteen years of age, he was overcome by a blizzard in Michigan. Before his parents discovered him, he was frostbitten
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May 7, 2019

The North Side

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A ship building company had this statement in its advertisement: “All of our timber comes from the north side of the mountain.” Why the north side? What does that have to do with timber? After investigation, we find that the best timber grows on the north side of the mountain because of the rigors of Mother Nature. On the north side, the snow is deeper and the cold is colder. The winds are stiffer, and
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April 13, 2019

Mama Truckers

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A truck driver in a prairie dress? What’s this world coming to? The way I am perceived and received as a female trucker goes from one extreme to the other. Some people rave over a lady in a dress driving a truck, but others look me up and down and side to side as though they are considering throwing a sack over my head and hauling me to the nearest insane asylum. I find it
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March 27, 2019

Triple Trucker Trouble

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Date: Sometime last year Place: Somewhere on I-80 near Chicago To: Brian Barlow, B&M Services, Location Update Long night last night. Didn’t leave the shipper until 2:00 AM. Later… I was driving along observing all the rules and keeping all the laws (of course), and this unexpected mountain came along and plopped itself on the horizon. My worst fear came to pass, and my brakes went out on a fully loaded trailer, and I went
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March 11, 2019

Let There Be Peace

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Why are some people never happy? Since I am a human being, I have experienced emotion. I know happy; I know sad, and I know everything in between. From what I have gleaned out of life so far, I can say with certainty that the biggest reason a person is unhappy is the direct result of continually pointing the finger and looking for fault in others. They might even be forever searching for error in
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