S Woes suffered by one feller can be a joy to another

We check fences all the time. I mean we really look at and repair fences every day. I cannot afford to let cattle get out on a road and be the cause of an accident. The traffic is building up monthly around our area, and people drive like they are running from a zombie attack! Saw a commercial talking about that! A cow weighing a good 15 to 16 hundred pounds can do tremendous damage to a vehicle going 60 miles an hour. Continue Reading »

S Why do old men wear suspenders?

There are a lot of things I just didn't understand when I was younger, but now I do. One of those things was the wearing of suspenders by old men. Why, I wondered, do old men wear suspenders? But now I know. I had always assumed it was because of styles when that older generation grew up. Weren't suspenders the style in the first half of the 20th century? Continue Reading »

S Fall is time for football, food gifts and real estate

Well, fall has officially arrived and the weather has cooled off this week so that it feels like the real deal. Jim got the yard mowed again over the weekend and we recently trimmed several bushes and cut some sprouts out of my flowerbeds, so we have the place slicked up pretty nice. We're also delighted that work is progressing on clearing the old nursing home property just across the fence. I took a picture of the building Thursday and the photo was timely since the east-west wing was completely demolished by the end of the week. Continue Reading »

S Scout or bully?

It began about a month ago. No, that's not entirely true. It began about five or six months ago when he -- I call him Scout -- arrived at our hummingbird feeders. I didn't note the day, I just know I put the feeders out sometime in April. Continue Reading »

S Thank you for voting in school election

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S The Rich Man and Lazarus

Weekly Devotion

"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:19-31 Continue Reading »

S Stephen King should be read for more than just horror stories

If all you know about Stephen King is that he is a writer of horror fiction, chances are you don't know much about him. There is actually much more to King than that. Stephen King is a master of constructing literary scenes that evoke the '50s and '60s filled with the sort of music and props that, for baby boomers at least, bring back all the memories of childhood. You know, things like Schwinn bicycles, Ferris wheels, corner-drug-store soda shops and convertibles, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy. Continue Reading »

S Church uses BMI to determine eligibility for free food

Spinning the News

HIWASSE -- Healthy Living Church in rural Hiwasse has come up with a new system of distributing food from its food bank to area residents, and the plan coincides with the church's stated purpose of promoting healthy living. Continue Reading »

S Thinking too hard can produce more problems

We are growing a generation of seeds from weeds that have been imported in all sorts of ways. We have a weed that I had never seen before and, in so many years of walking the pastures and raising dust everywhere, I should have been familiar with it. I called the extension office and found out it was poison hemlock. I spray for it and have killed many a plant since I now know. But, it still keeps coming up and growing on our place. Continue Reading »

S Elections and wars have this in common

Elections and wars have this in common: they don't resolve political differences; they just determine who has the upper hand and who is forced to submit. And they sometimes go hand in hand because elections can avert war or cause war, depending on the willingness of the parties involved to yield to opposing views. One doesn't have to look far back in history to see the truthfulness of the above statements. World War I didn't solve Europe's problems. Another World War was fought there and Europe.... Continue Reading »

S How does one cleanse his way?

Weekly Devotion

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments." Psalm 119:9-10 KJV Continue Reading »

S Arkansas has exciting win TCU

Last week's game between Arkansas and TCU was an instant classic for many reasons. For one thing, there were more plot changes and twists and turns than you could shake a stick at. Then, a fourth quarter meltdown by Arkansas saw the score go from 20-7 in Arkansas' favor to the Frogs pulling ahead, 28-20, with a couple of minutes left to play in regulation. Continue Reading »

S Experts disagree on long-range forecast for northwest Arkansas We could see polar bears crossing into the region

Spinning the news

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- According to the long-range forecast released by the National Weather Service on Friday, northwest Arkansas can expect normal temperatures over the next 30 days and slightly above-normal temperatures over the next three-month period. Rainfall predictions show the region between above normal to the north and below normal to the south, meaning it's anyone's guess how much rain and snow we can expect in the upcoming months. Continue Reading »

S Assault on Second Amendment in California could spread

If California is the pace-setter state, what just happened there could soon be on the dockets of all state legislatures or imposed upon all gun owners at the federal level. Democrats effectively control California. Their political party significantly dominates all branches of government in the state. With such power, they have passed a litany of new laws on gun magazines, ammunition, gun registration, gun ownership and lending of firearms. In essence, California's legislators have shot (excuse the metaphor) so many bullets into the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as to render it impotent. Continue Reading »

S Don't ignore symptoms of a 'mini-stroke'

When people think about a stroke, symptoms such as paralysis of limbs or an entire side of the body, and loss of motor coordination come to mind. But a stroke doesn't always happen this way. In fact, when a person experiences milder symptoms, it's easier to explain them away because they don't necessarily point to a health emergency. But dismissing symptoms because of uncertainty can be dangerous. Continue Reading »