Change, good or bad, not always easy or to our liking

About a week ago I decided it was time to do a little transplanting in my flower garden. Years ago I would grab my shovel and start digging before getting on my hands and knees to place the plant in its proper place. This time was different. I enlisted the help of a young man […]

A chance encounter leads to discussion of relatives

When the Batten Family Singers presented their concert at the Fair Barn a few weeks ago, I was privileged to meet Mr. Batten and to have a visit about one of his relatives, Mose Batten, who was a city policeman for many years and who was also a friend for as long as I can […]

One must recognize line between faith and fiction

The term Christian fiction refers to stories based on imagination with a Christian theme. “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” are among the more popular writings in the category. Although I’ve been familiar with term Christian fiction since I was in college, when I saw it recently, it just struck me […]

Even the best directions can result in an extended trip

A friend who also speaks country language gave me an article about how country people give directions to various locations in the area. Especially before road and street signs came into being, those directions could be quite colorful and could be easy to follow if they were given to other country people. When given to […]

It’s sometimes better not to ‘nose’ better

A dog with a good nose has always been a fascination to me. My current dog has a pretty good sniffer. He knows the minute you come through the door if you’ve been with another dog — or worse yet a smelly old cat. After being in the Roosevelt County Events Arena most of this […]

Need more ivory? Grow more elephants

On the north side of Denver abides the city of Commerce City. There, last fall, U. S. officials dumped millions of dollars worth of ivory tusks, carvings, and jewelry into a steel rock crusher and pulverized it into dust and tiny chips. The officials’ objective was to reduce the slaughter of tens of thousands of […]

Winter, like despair, will give way to spring and hope

Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the winter of despair…” in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” I am sure there are many people in our country in a state of despair due to our unusual winter. In the eastern part of the country people are digging out of their homes as one snowstorm […]

‘It’s just a fact, but a fact it is’

It’s just a fact, but a fact it is, that the teachers who most influenced my life early on were Methodists. San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo, Texas, was evidently a hotbed of Methodism. Or maybe it was just that my primary school path there was colored by the presence of three of them. Someday I’ll […]

Today’s amenities cast a new light on childhood chores

A friend sent me a brief history of wash day (laundry day), and then we talked and laughed about our having had the privilege of living much of that history having to do with the work before washing machines came along. At lma, we had very few amenities, such as running water, electricity, or butane. […]

Not a lot of room in those friendly skies

“Honey, they shrunk the plane,” muttered my wife as we took our seats on a recent flight to Iowa. I assured her that the plane hadn’t been shrunk, we had just super-sized our meals too often at fast food places lately. That did little to improve her mood but the knot she put on my […]