Category Archives: EDITORIALS

Are we entitled to never have to lose?

Written on January 18, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

What if we did away with declaring a winner and a loser in a competition and just gave everyone participation medals? I vote no on that motion, but it sure seems like that is where we are headed as a society. Instead of recognizing people who work hard and excel at something, it seems like […]

The Secret Is in the Crust

Written on January 17, 2017 at 11:43 am, by

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I’m feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much […]


Written on January 17, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

How many of us weary hearing about that upcoming ice storm of last weekend.  We can’t stop Mother Nature. Ice is not good, but it’s winter. I for one, am ready to see my hummingbirds. May can’t come fast enough. I have been lacking colorful birds at my feeders this winter and will enjoy it […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on January 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm, by

Not much news again.  Seems weather is keeping everyone at home. Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville. Dorothy Hunolt and Charlene went to Quincy. Bette Wiley talked to Lena Mae Horning and Erma High. Paul Zimmerman has shingles.  He was doing better and came and joined us for coffee. Some of those in […]

Wouldn’t The World Be Better Off If… 

Written on January 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm, by

How would you assess a broad improvement for the world order?  Let me take a stab at your guestimation.  No.  Let me tell you mine and see if yours lines up.  I don’t intend to go through life being so obnoxious, but I have this corner of my heart that believes that if everyone would/could/should […]

Fishing Counsel

Written on January 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm, by

Several years ago I can remember going down to the river during late winter to try my hand during the walleye run. Only until the other day, I had forgotten how much fun it really was. I had the opportunity to go back with my former high school basketball coach. He is a nut about […]

Waiting on a Thaw

Written on January 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm, by

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit, just waiting on a thaw. While this hasn’t yet been the coldest winter I’ve experienced in northeast Missouri, it is fairly unpleasant to go about my daily necessities at times, between keeping the stock and ourselves fed and watered, and my daily visit to the draftiest functioning outhouse […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on January 10, 2017 at 10:28 am, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Mary Joy Sayres, a 60+ member of Colony #543 O.E.S. Not much news.  Everyone thought it was too cold to get out and do anything. Katrina (Great-Niece) and Neta went to Kirksville. Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Kirksville. Tim Morris said he was celebrating Alaska’s statehood.  […]

House Sparrows

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:53 am, by

As I have said in other articles, I have an abundance of House Sparrows. They are one of our most common birds. They spend more time at my feeder right now than any other bird. I have several bushes and small trees near the house and they tend to congregate in these bushes.  I have […]

Preparing For Cardinal Camp… When I’m This Old

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am, by

At 69, I can see my toes; but I could use some help touching them.  Exercises are, indeed, key to preparing for baseball camp in a few days.  Regardless of strenuous and devoted application, workouts are never enough.  It doesn’t matter how much I throw, go to the batting cages, or exercise, the second day […]