S Rain and mockingbirds are sure a good thing for us to enjoy

I was drinking my first cup of life-giving brew and it was a very still morning, too early for the birds and the rain had just ended, when I noticed a tiny little sound. I thought about it for a second or two and then I knew I was sure enough right! I could hear the grass growing! Now don't get to thinking I am making this up. Some folks never can hear it, and some of us are just super sensitive to sounds pertaining to our business! Daylight came on quick and my close relative started rattling the skillet. That is another one of my favorite sounds. We had sausage and hot cakes with plenty of cow butter and thick sweet syrup.... Continue Reading »

S Sanctuary city movement is open rebellion

By declaring their resistance to federal law regarding the prosecution of those here illegally, so called "sanctuary cities" are, in effect, trying to secede from the Union. They are taking a stand against the rule of law and for the unlawful protection of those who have willfully broken the law in order to come to the United States. By declaring their independence from the Union they are setting themselves up as entities that are either outside the reach of federal law or somehow above the law.... Continue Reading »

S Rain, goats, a bear and ???

Since Eagle Observer area may be getting three or four inches of rain during the next few days (this is being written late Thursday), ponds may be filled and a good cutting of hay may be in the works -- quite a contrast from how last year ended. The NOAA gauge at Gravette showed more than a seven-inch deficit of precipitation in 2016. This year we're already a few inches on the plus side, which should make the gardens grow. The lawn mowers are probably going to get a good workout, too. Continue Reading »

S The old gears are grinding and probably need oil

The old gears are grinding and probably need oil. I'm talking about the wheels and gears in my head when I'm trying to understand more than I have capacity to fully grasp. What I'm trying to figure out is this: Is economic growth always a good thing? Or, could it be bad? Continue Reading »

S Trump attack on Syria violated international law

Please understand, I am no fan of the United Nations, the globalist pipe dream for world government supported by every president since its inception except Ronald Reagan and possibly Donald Trump. Still, it was created in San Francisco, is housed in Rockefeller donated property in New York City and we were signatories of its charter which prohibits what Trump just did to Syria. This begs the question. Continue Reading »

S Do you have gallstones?

Do you have gallstones? If you experience these symptoms, you may need to seek help. Continue Reading »

S 'Conduct Yourselves in Fear'

Weekly Devotion

"And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."1 Peter 1:17-19 (Read 1 Peter 1:13-21) Continue Reading »

S Morel mushrooms, wild greens are gifts of spring

The warm weather of spring encourages all sorts of good things to pop up and grow. One of the joys of living in the Ozarks is all the edible wild plants that can be found in the area. For Jim and I, finding a patch of morel mushrooms is a real treat. Outdoor writer Joel Vance agrees. He wrote in an article in "Country America" many years ago that they were "one of the greatest gifts of spring." Continue Reading »

S Life is futile, unless....

There is a passage in the book of Ecclesiastes which reads: "For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow" (Eccl. 1:18). And how true this is! While I don't claim to be wise like Solomon, I have learned enough to see the end of so much that people in this world seek after. And, yes, it's sad and painful to watch and know the vanity and grasping after the wind which rightly applies to so many of the things for which people live. Perhaps it's because I've read the end of the book, but so much of what is offered and even pushed upon us in this world is pointless. Continue Reading »

S Letter to the Editor

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S Trump defies constitutional separation of powers with Syrian attack

Even though President Donald Trump believes it proper to bomb Syria, a country that has done us no harm, he has no constitutional authority to do so. Because weak Congresses have not punished previous presidents, both Democrat and Republican, when they did the same, it does not make it constitutional. Continue Reading »

S Five actions you can take to keep blood sugar at healthy levels

Diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States -- a stunning 10 percent of the overall population. And recent research reveals that diabetes is now the third leading cause of death, not the seventh, as was previously thought. Perhaps the most concerning statistic is that one in four persons living with diabetes is unaware that they have the disease. Continue Reading »

S Joy is experienced in a million different ways

No, I am not through with the spring cattle roundup. We have a couple more days -- full days -- ahead of us. It was going good and there were not any big wrecks, just takes time to do all the things right. We are down to not any extra help from grands and so we are trying to hire another hand for tomorrow. I should say, they are looking for a hand; I am looking for supper and the bed! Continue Reading »

S Shop talk with a grandson

In the woodworking shop, my grandson Landon and I have been building a craftsman style settle which is just another name for a wood-framed sofa. Continue Reading »

S What would you like as your epitaph?

Weekly Devotion

"Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" Job 19:23-27 Continue Reading »