S A knock on the door changed the world

Though Halloween is often associated with knocks on the door and children's voices saying "trick or treat," there was one Halloween knock on the door -- Halloween was then called All Hallows Eve, the evening leading into All Saints Day -- which was heard around the world. It happened a long time ago, 500 years, to be exact. The knock on the door wasn't just on any door but on the church door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, located in Saxony (part of modern-day Germany). And the knocking wasn't to get someone to answer the door. Continue Reading »

S Did I miss the clues of oncoming illness?

Have I been floating along on a dream stream instead of knowing that real life is just not that easy? I guess so! This morning I saw all the scours and snotty noses a feller could take, and they are on that nice bunch of fall calves -- not every calf, but six of them and ears hanging down and mattery eyes. I know I didn't see anything to warn me when I checked the herd yesterday morning. Maybe I missed it, maybe it came during the night, but I sure didn't see anything wrong yesterday. Continue Reading »

S The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Weekly Devotion

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come...." Matthew 22:1-3 (Read 22:1-14) Continue Reading »

S Diet, diet, who's got the diet?

At any given point in time, half of all Americans are on a diet while the other half of Americans have given up on dieting and are eating whatever their hearts' desire. And, in the meantime, obesity rates just keep on climbing. It seems about the only thing that is growing faster than our waistlines is the proliferation of diet plans. When it comes to choosing a diet plan, there are many options. Continue Reading »

S Breast cancer prevention: Is genetic testing right for you?

Since 1985, the U.S. has dedicated the month of October to a national focus on the screening, prevention and survivors of breast cancer. The increased focus on education, screening and lifestyle changes has been a critical tool in driving down both the number of deaths and new diagnoses of breast cancer. Continue Reading »

S What's really wrong with America?

What's really wrong with America? What changed the nation's course and led us down a path which makes our nation — our society — almost unrecognizable to those of us who still remember another America? People answer these questions a number of different ways. Many point to our nation's ills — to things like abortion, euthanasia, sexual aberrations, lack of self-esteem and respect for others and drug and alcohol abuse. But these are only the symptoms and result of a far deeper cause.... Continue Reading »

S Our different ways of thinking make the world an interesting place

The sun comes up in the east every morning, the same way it did during the settling of this country. The pioneers faced the west and headed out, not knowing if the next day would be theirs or not. That is not the exact way we live but, brother, we don't know either! A bad wreck on the highway, a heart attack, stroke or the revenge of a cow when you grab her new calf to tag are all potentially fatal. So, when I saw the sun come up this morning, I was sure tickled! Continue Reading »

S Parable of vineyard and vinedressers warning yet today

Weekly Devotion

"Hear another parable: there was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country...." Matthew 21:33-46 (Cf. Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19) Continue Reading »

S Snow? Or a hole in one?

Warning! Since the old brain is unwinding from a most unusual summer, this 'Cuff will be one of those "C" (conglomeration) columns. It has been a different kind of summer, ample rainfall during the spring and early summer, then enough showers through mid-August to keep the lawnmowers whirring and the hayfields doing a good job of filling the barns. Continue Reading »

S Trump wants states to pay more for infrastructure

President Donald Trump has promised to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, but he wants to leverage this money and not pay the whole thing to urge cities and states to pay a part of the costs too. This way he gets the most bang for the federal buck. Whether Trump understands the Constitution or not -- it leaves infrastructure to the states and cities -- he seems to be working toward that end, at least having them pay much more for such; but he is likely to get resistance because they are used to handouts. Continue Reading »

S Physical therapists can keep you moving forward

This October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month in the shadow of an alarming and growing opioid crisis. The majority of Americans who die from opioid overdoses do so after using these medications to treat legitimate pain. Sadly, many of these conditions could be prevented or managed with positive lifestyle changes and a better understanding of body mechanics learned through physical therapy. Continue Reading »