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Beneath a thinning coat of dry, golden field thatch creep the emerald antennae of spring grasses. We are not yet to the season of green-up, the one pastoralists and their ruminant cohorts alike anticipate all winter. This is equinox, the great leveling of Earth’s forces, especially for us here in the temperate reaches of America’s […]

What We Believe and How We Got There 

We believe many things.  Of course those things vary….a lot.  Some prefer Fords.  Others would not own one.  We understand such opinionated trends.  Often such conclusions have been reached due to experience; if not research. When it comes to God, however, a pattern is fairly predictable. We tend to believe what we inherit. If our […]


How’s the birds at your feed?  Do you have any chickadees?  I do not have any at the house, but do have several on the trails. The Chickadee is one of the favorites at the feeders.  They are remarkable because they have one of the most complex social structures of any feeder bird.  They have […]


In my early adult years, March and April meant crappie fishing. During those days I perused every bush and sunken tree in straight creek hollow to find my limit of that tasty fish. Most of the time I was the passenger in my friend’s old fish and ski boat. Since we knew where most of […]

Rutledge Renegades

Ruth Ludwick went to Quincy and then to Hannibal. There was a bus load, who visited Rutledge, from St. Louis, Fenton-Festus and surrounding areas.  There were 56 people on the bus.  They said they rented the bus to tour quilting shops.  They had stopped in Hannibal for shopping and then on to Zimmerman’s for lunch […]

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to Bonnie and Ronnie Young on the death of her mother, Deloris Boyer.  Also to other family and friends. Ellanore Zimmerman and Emma Shirk went to California and Mexico for a few days. Charlene Montgomery, Bette Wiley and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville. Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Pella, IA. Charlene […]

Church. What? Again?

Living with God is not a routine.  It is a walk. How long I made my trek to church as a little kid.  There I was always hoping that this time it would be interesting.  I especially liked it when my Grandpa and my uncle sang in the choir.  But mostly I counted down to […]

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Let’s sing it all together now!.. “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh, what a beautiful day. I got a beautiful feelin’ ev’rything’s goin’ my way.” Yes folks, I may be a young gal of 30 but I certainly did start my mornin’ singin’ this song from the classic musical Oklahoma! Thanks, mom & pop, for […]


Practice, practice, practice; that’s what we’re all doing right now. Go to any establishment that supplies the hunter and you will hear the sounds of those preparing for the upcoming turkey season. It sounds like a flock of hens have just landed inside the store. We’re trying out the box calls, slate calls, mouth calls, […]


Hello!  I have been off gallivanting around, so it’s time to get back to business.  My winter bird feeder friends have not been around too much this past week. Most of my visitors now are Starlings.  They will eat suet all day long. Most of our more common feeder birds are native to the continent, […]

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