Category Archives: EDITORIALS


Written on February 19, 2019 at 12:54 pm, by

Everything is different; and likely some things will never be the same around here again. This column is generally about what’s hard and what’s wonderful about living here, and I guess this week is no exception, but there are also many, many moments of normalcy throughout the day — along with moments of extreme emotions […]

Wren Houses

Written on February 19, 2019 at 11:55 am, by

I’m sure with the ice that has been keeping those kiddies home and some home from work is getting old.  I know the kids went back to school on February 13th at least in some places.  I can remember going to school on Saturdays one winter after a huge ice storm that left trees heavily […]


Written on February 19, 2019 at 11:40 am, by

There’s no doubt one of the thrills of my life is being able to get outdoors with a bow, gun, or rod. This time of year, I am especially nostalgic concerning this. When you get cooped up because of the weather you really begin to appreciate those things you are unable to do. This is […]

The Hardest Winter

Written on February 13, 2019 at 12:33 pm, by

Howdy y’all. You know, whenever I have a hard time talking about what’s really going on — or worse, no idea what the other party could possibly be thinking — I like to discuss the weather instead. So I think I’ll start there. Ben here, writing to y’all from the icy physical and emotional purgatory […]

Give ‘Em Heaven

Written on February 12, 2019 at 10:31 am, by

When some hurt your feelings, give ‘em Heaven! When others cause you great disappointment, give ‘em Heaven! When people break your heart, give ‘em Heaven! If you really want to make use of your time on earth, stop the insane rehearsing of the many ways you have been offended. Change the world! Make a difference! […]

Good News

Written on February 12, 2019 at 10:10 am, by

The temperature hit seventy degrees the other day in my area. It was during the first week of February! It was a cruel tease to make me think Spring is just around the corner. It’s not. It’s just around the next three corners, and then it will have to make a sharp left. At least […]

More China Travels by Stan Hildebrand

Written on February 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm, by

Another overnight train – this time to Shanghai, China’s second largest city (35 million) – this is the farthest north I travel in China – the rest of my trip is in southeast China. This overnight train is different – each of the cars has 3 bunk bed levels and there are 2 sets of […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on February 5, 2019 at 3:44 pm, by

Our sympathy to Lena Mae Horning whose sister, Anna Frances, passed away in Pennsylvania. Neta Phillips went to Kirksville. Not much news.  It was TOO COLD to get out and go anywhere.  VERY hard on farmers who had to get out and do chores.  Also, furnaces had a hard time keeping houses warm. P. Phil […]


Written on February 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm, by

The bass fishing tournaments are getting ready to start with a vengeance. Once they begin, each weekend will offer another opportunity to fish for money. All bass tournaments have pretty much the same rules; two fishermen; one boat; the five biggest fish by weight, win. Some men will literally come to blows in pursuing first […]

Hungry birds

Written on February 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm, by

This week’s weather… it is not nice to bring it up. I can imagine for those of you who wish to stay in with your children, or just home period, it has been quite the time. I mentioned fun crafts to my daughter, but I think they chose to bundle up and go out in […]