‘Thank you’ just doesn’t feel like enough

Throughout the history of this nation, men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. They realized that a life without freedom is a life of slavery with every type of tyranny. William Penn has been quoted as saying, “Unless we are governed by God we will be ruled by tyrants.” Freedom is the [...]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me [...]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around [...]

Religion column: Today is the best day of your life

Time was created for man. In God’s eyes there is no time. He always was and always will be. He is the great ”I Am.” Yet our time is limited. Time is too precious to waste it. Children grow up and leave the nest. Did we spend precious time with them? Our grandparents and parents [...]

Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians [...]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. [...]

Leave loving memories

Oil painting has caused me to see the world differently. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home [...]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out [...]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and [...]

My turn: More to life than money, fame

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Even in today’s power- and money-driven world, it’s not unheard of for people to give up lucrative jobs in order to reclaim families and lives. In 2002, at age 22, Kirstin Holum, an Olympic silver medalist speed skater, turned in her skates for a religious habit. I bring this up because I occasionally come across [...]