Columns/Opinions

Thu
26
Nov

"Learn to love things in life that are free" by: Betsy Monico

  I am currently away with my daughter on a softball trip.  
   It has truly been a blessing and a great way to start Thanksgiving!  
   I often tag along with her on these adventures. My friend tells me all of the time that it is pretty cool I get to be with my kid while she chases her dream. I agree!  
   If it were not for her, I would be at home and stuck in the same old rut.  
   Getting out some and going to new places is good for me.  
   I traveled a lot in my teens and 20s. I forgot that I enjoyed it.  
   Motherhood does that to us. I remember now the joy I find in seeing new things and living a bit outside of the routine of work and housework.  
   I am cracking up at the present moment because she just went to meet up with her friends and told me to text her if I needed anything.

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Thu
26
Nov

"God sent Jesus for noblest fight" by: Caleb Gibson

   Some 40,000 Greeks and 40,000 Romans stand apart. 
   With swords in hand, they are ready to fight. 
   The Greeks had their leader, King Pyrrhus. 
   He had archers, the cavalry and war elephants. He was determined. 
   Even after days of fierce combat he was not sure who would win. At last the Greeks were able to win the battle. 
   But at what cost? The army was beaten down, and now they were far from home. 
   A friend congratulated the King on a victory in which King Pyrrhus responded saying, “One more such victory and I am lost.” 
   King Pyrrhus never did conquer Rome like he sought out to accomplish. 
   He lost many men in the process. 
   It shows how we must choose our battles wisely. 

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Thu
26
Nov

"Wild game guru’s website offers tips for great venison" by: Rob Murray

   Some of my earliest memories take me back to deer hunting out in West Texas. The hunts were great fun and we always brought home a lot of meat for the freezer. But we didn’t know how to get the most out of our Venison! 
   We did everything wrong: We soaked the meat in milk for days, used crazy vinegar mixes, and came up with all sorts of processing and cooking concoctions that just didn't work. 

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Thu
26
Nov

"Gun-dog training starts with a puppy’s first day home" by: Rob Murray

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of an ongoing series on gun-dog training. The first column appeared Nov 12.
   
   Today, let’s learn how to to becoming a successful pack leader for your puppy.  
   The key to becoming a successful pack leader is to establish practical guidelines for your puppy’s behavior and stick to the guidelines. 
   From the moment you pick up your new puppy it is learning from you and your family. 
   Every single interaction with the puppy is a training moment. 

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Thu
19
Nov

"Sometimes, enough is enough" by: Jessica Shepard

   Does anyone else ever have one of those days where you’ve had enough?
   Enough of pets, family, strangers, technology and so forth?
   A day where you don’t want to be bothered at all and left to your own devices?
   I had a day like that last week.
   It seemed like every little thing irritated me and made my mood go from bad to worse.

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Thu
19
Nov

"Gains come when everyone else runs" by: John Sample

   I sort of feel like the comic character Opus in the comic strip Bloom County. 
   I am a bit amazed and bewildered by all that is happening around me, but here I sit dispensing some sort of wisdom. 
   I just don’t have the Bell jar for tips or the cardboard box that serves as a desk.
   Last week took all the starch out of the last six weeks of gains. 
   We suffered the largest weekly setback since August. 
   Any gain in the S&P 500-stock index evaporated. 
   Talk of an interest rate rise by the Federal Reserve in December sent the dollar rising and stocks falling. The other factor was the drop in oil prices. 
   West Texas Intermediate dropped from the mid $40s to below $40 per barrel. 
   I know there is literally no correlation but one only has to put a chart of oil prices over that of the equities indexes to see the relation. 

Thu
19
Nov

"There’s no need to hide anything from God" by: Betsy Monico

   Have you ever thought you were hiding really well from someone or something and then realized you really were not hidden at all? Been there, done that…just last weekend!
   Opening weekend of deer season around here for me began with sleeping in and then cooking up a nice breakfast for my hunters.
    After we ate, I decided to head off on a walk up the road with my adventuresome son. 
   I had spotted a deer several times and managed to convince him that I totally understood the path that this nice buck was taking on a daily basis. 
   He wanted to check out the scene before the evening hunt planning session began, and I needed to walk off my biscuits and gravy.
   I did what any mom would do who was pretending to be cool and know something about deer hunting. I geared up in camo and painted my face with some roll-on camo face paint that was sitting on the bar. 

Thu
19
Nov

"Let go of things that rile us for what’s imporant" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   I was thinking of the stories that seemed to get the most coverage lately and one that came to my mind right away was the controversy over the Starbucks cup.
   Now I’m not a Starbucks customer, I don’t really like fancy coffee. I like my coffee regular with cream and sugar and I like it hot. I do not like cold coffee or all that mocha latte stuff that other people seem to like.    
   So when I heard about all the controversy over the new Starbucks cup, I had no idea what was going on. 
   So the big deal was that the Starbucks cup is now only red and all holiday symbols were taken off. 
   I always thought red as a Christmas season color, but maybe I’m wrong. 
   Since the holiday symbols were removed this caused an outcry by some Christians. 
   I wondered what symbols were they talking about, a baby in a manger? The Holy Family? The star of Bethlehem leading the Wise Men? 

Thu
19
Nov

"God chooses all Bible books to have meaning" by: Caleb Gibson

   And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25) (NASB)
   The Bible is a big book and it could have been double the size with so many stories throughout the years. But God chose every book because each had a meaning and a purpose. 
   One book in the Bible that many people have trouble with is the book of Ecclesiastes. 
   I believe that Ecclesiastes is in the Bible because it shows the life of those who do not believe in God. 
   If you don’t worship God or have your eyes on Him, what is the point to everything? 
   The reality is the phrase, “under the sun.” This phrase appears 27 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB). 
   It is when we do things under the sun, it causes everything to be worthless. This phrase mean that we do things we do, without God. 

Thu
19
Nov

"Design trends" by: Zeinab Ghais

   As fall draws near we begin to get ready for the upcoming holiday season.  
   As a designer and decorator, this is the busiest time of the year for me.  
   For the last month, I have been working with some clients on getting their homes finished in time for Thanksgiving and then there are those who are booking to decorate for Christmas.
   It does take time to get it all together, especially if there is construction and furniture being bought.  
   I have to say that I love the transformation that takes place! Optimism is in the air this holiday season. 
   There is an expansion of festive colors and a proliferation of metallics.  
   If you are ready to change it up this season then consider some of these trends. 
   For a contemporary twist, Yellow is the main hue for Christmas. Yellow implies confidence and pairs well with white, silver, gold or black. 

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