S Why do Christians celebrate Easter?

While some are quick to criticize Christians for celebrating Easter and point to ancient pagan observances in spring and to worldly customs involving such things as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, Christians celebrate Easter for none of these things. They have an entirely different reason to observe the festival and to celebrate. Christians observe Easter to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

S Spring is here and life gets a little easier

I am irritable because my fingers feel like they are frozen! I got up early and did chores in a warm climate and now the wind is blowing and cold. Continue Reading »

S Except a kernel of wheat die....

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." John 12:24-25 Continue Reading »

S A Walk in the Park

As I sit down to write this, a storm front is moving through the area. Should I keep calm and carry on or stop everything and go turn on the television? I am home alone at the moment and I don't like stormy weather. I call a friend to see what she is doing. I interrupt the good movie she is watching and she informs me she hasn't noticed anything going on with the weather. I must gather information and act on my own. Continue Reading »

S Corn cribs, pig pens and mulberry trees

I know there are days when we all long for the simpler times of our youth, when our biggest worry was whether or not it would rain and confine us to the house for the day. Continue Reading »

S Royalty has arrived once again

Royalty arrived in northwest Arkansas several days ago. No, I'm not talking about the Naturals' opening baseball game last Thursday night, and not the FLW bass tournament that brought some of the nation's top fishermen/ladies to Benton County. I'm not even talking about the costumed Renaissance players in Old Town Park where costumes this Saturday will bring a sense of the dress of several centuries ago. Continue Reading »

S Sounds remind me of Hiwasse Hitter

The sounds of summer have arrived. No, I don't mean chirping birds, belly-busting splashes in the old swimming hole or the neighbor's lawn mower whirring. Continue Reading »

S Tetelestai: One dying word that says it all!

It is sometimes said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that may very well be true. But sometimes a single word can also express a truth better than a thousand; and in one particular case, that is most certainly true. Continue Reading »

S Bill

I finally got the steer penned, but it was not the easy job I started out thinking it would be. The herd of steers are young ones and, as we all know, some young ones can act pretty stupid. These boys ran around the pasture many times, bucking and kicking up their heels like teenagers are inclined to do! I was wet with sweat and so were they, but they were still enjoying the chase and I am here to tell you, I wasn't! Continue Reading »

S Susan Says

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! The last time I wrote I was lamenting the fact that our forsythia wasn't blooming and the peonies hadn't yet emerged. Now the forsythia is covered in cheery yellow blooms and the spirea in snowy white. The plum trees and the Oklahoma redbud brother Richard planted are blooming too. The daffodils are a little past their prime, but hyacinths beside the cellar are sporting pretty pink blossoms and the peonies are coming up. And, best of all, the strawberries are blooming! Continue Reading »

S Is there life after death?

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" John 11:25 (Read John 11.) Continue Reading »