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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Doris Lessenden

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:11

That verse reminds me of the song Sylvia (Blooding) Weeks used to sing. One year at a Veteran's Day program at school as she sang the song, "Everything Beautiful in His Time" while her classmates passed out those words they had copied to slim sheets of paper to the students in the Assembly. In those years we also had skits on the Viet Nam topic and concerns of teenagers.

This weekend there is a major patriotic parade and program in Lamar Saturday,

Home Country

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

The other night it was hot. Hot during the day, hot at night. Heat seems to define summer for us, in many ways.

But in spite of that, after a day in the outdoors, we built a fire. A small fire. A "hat" fire, which mountain people define as one you can put in your hat. Why so small? Because it was hot and we didn't need the heat. Why the fire? Because we need the fire.

EarthTalk

PROMO 660 x 440 - Environment EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I know that ranchers and environmentalists have traditionally been at odds, but what are some ways they are working together these days? -- Jim H., Boone, IA

Ranchers and environmental advocates haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but the differences between the two aren't as extreme anymore, as more and more ranchers have come around to the understanding that taking good care of the land supports both economic stability and environmental health.

Home Country

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Doc didn't expect any patients before 10 o'clock this morning, so he was up and coffee'd and gone by 6:30. Lewis Creek. The Lunker's hole on Lewis Creek.

The Lunker is a huge rainbow trout that everyone knows about and no one has caught. So far he has resisted flies, worms, salmon eggs, spinners, and even an imitation mouse that Dud tossed in there one time just to see if the Lunker had a bass's appetite.

About Town

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Doris Lessenden

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

Isn't that a beautiful verse? It was printed on the wedding invitation of Teri Nelson and John Ellis, who served a meal at their wedding at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and then at 7:30 p.m. the guests witnessed their marriage ceremony. That was followed by Teri's father, Darwin, playing his popular deejay music for dancing and visiting. Best wishes to the young couple who live and work in Eads.

Home Country

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

When Jim Kennedy uses his big backhoe, a crowd usually gathers. He's an artist, you see. 

At Bud McFarland's place the other day, he was there to install Bud's new septic tank. This was to be a massive septic tank.  Now and then Jim would just do something to show off his skill. At one point, when Jim's backhoe cut through a buried tree root, there was about a foot-long section of root lying alone at the bottom of the hole.

"Hey Jim," Bud yelled at Jim, good-naturedly, "firewood!"

Home Country

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

It began as a whispered threat, this latest storm of ours. There was something in the air, a cleansing tonic, a murmur of sharpness.

The trees on the hills looked different, then, seeming to stand out in sharper focus, in cleaner profile. It was the magical paintbrush of a gentle sun brushing the front of them, against an ominous, creeping black background. And the blackness grew higher yet, until the western sky was a massive wall of black and swirling gray.