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Saturday, August 15, 2020

My Little Mayberry: Cursive, Kids and Secrets

Parents will soon have a new way of exchanging secrets in front of their kids. Cursive writing! Yup, many school districts have abandoned the...

WATCHMAN ON THE WALL: Keep your big mouth shut!

Have you ever been the subject of gossip? Have you participated in this “innocent pastime?” Do you even know what gossip really is?  Gossip: “Idle...

Let’s survive until the next one

I don’t know who coined the term “social distancing” for what we’re all doing today, but I personally don’t care for the expression. Sociable, socialite,...

What’s your plan? (07/08/2020)

Ever found yourself in one of those déjà vu moments? I have been told that too many of them isn’t a good thing. The...

Gardening corner: Hummingbirds

Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is as easy as either planting certain flowers and/or putting up a hummingbird feeder. The diet of hummingbirds requires...

Life, as I see it: Down but not out

I have one of those backs that snaps like a twig at a moment’s notice. When it hits (for no apparent reason) it’s like an...

Whats Your Plan (05/13/2020)

I don’t know about this. It sorta just came and went, no big bang or hoopla, and it disappointed me. Mother’s Day has always...

Watchman On the Wall: Propaganda

“Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of government.” “Know the Truth and...

life as I see it: Things I miss…

The wind here in Beach, North Dakota has been blowing like a banshee. It kind of just sucks the breath right out of you. Earlier...

Watchman on the Wall: Death of a terrorist

1979: Iranian students backed by Ayatollah Komeini took control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 US citizens hostage for 444 days....

What’s your plan? (03/11/2020)

Pierce Joint Unified School District has sent out a letter from the Superintendent’s office dated March 5, 2020.  The opening paragraph asks us to...

Watchman on the Wall: Incident of the Bicycle

John 16:13 “When the Holy Spirit comes, . . . He will reveal to you WHAT IS TO COME.” As a young mother with a...

THINKING ABOUT HEALTH Out-of-Network ER Docs May Charge Big Bucks

By Trudy Lieberman | Rural Health News Service Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such...

Life as I see it: Things I miss…

Since we made the final move from California to North Dakota, I’ve realized there are a few things I miss. Number one is my family...

What’s your plan? (03/04/2020)

There was a season in my life when growing rice paid all the bills. Maybe that time will come again. There are so many...

Watchman on the Wall: Why NOT Singing?

“Places of worship must discontinue singing and chanting activities,” declares Governor Newsom while at the same time allowing massive protests in California with or...

Gardening corner: Grasshoppers

Leafhoppers feed on many different fruit, vegetable, flower, and woody ornamental hosts. Most species of leafhoppers feed on only one or several closely related...

Watchman on the Wall: “This is a disgrace.”

Thirty-five years before writing the Emancipation Proclamation to free 3.5 million slaves, Abraham Lincoln had worked as a ferry-boatman taking goods downriver to the...

What’s your plan? (06/17/2020)

I will say that the most difficult thing I have ever done is to jump into fatherhood.  To make it perfectly clear from the...

Short History of Viet Nam War

Jim Perdue | Guest Columnist While visiting my wife’s family, my father-in-law mentioned a documentary about Viet Nam he had watched. Since he served in the...

Life, as I see it: So exciting

Cowbells clanging, family cheering, and the sight of my 9-year-old grandson and his dad crossing the finish line was more than exciting for this...

Watchman on the Wall: Christianity’s Gift

What has Christianity offered the world? The weekend after 9/11 was the International Aglow Conference in Houston. Thousands of women came from all over...

Life, as I see it: Favorite places

There are two places I most enjoy going for a little rest an relaxation. The Black Hills of South Dakota and the Northern Coast of...

What’s your plan (04/22/2020)

“Bonk” is a thought-provoking term. Not one that we would often concern ourselves with. “Bonkers” on the other hand, would be more apropos. It...

Gardening Corner: Gardening helps with mental health

Gardens can help us cope with life whether it’s a new global virus or personal issues. If you have a garden you have a...

life as I see it: Sad..

My dear friend John Egan passed this week. My heart hurts for everyone who loved him. I wager that would be many, many people. John was...

Life, as I see it: Walk the walk

Dignity, strength, courage, grace, talent, and love are words that describe my friend Jo Buchholz.  Jo left us last week, and she will be missed...

Gardening Corner: Spotted Spurge

Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia (=Chamaesyce) maculata) is a garden weed that can seem impossible to control. It grows rapidly and starts producing seeds at a...

What’s your plan? (06/24/2020)

I was born on Friday, Twenty-six October Nineteen Sixty-two. I just squeaked in although my Mom probably won’t describe it as such (I watched...

What’s your plan? (07/15/2020)

Sometimes it is just better to remove one’s self from the situation. It might save a lot of heartaches, headaches, and maybe some anger...

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