Category Archives: EDITORIALS


Written on May 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm, by

I usually stop feeding the birds at the feeders about April. I have continued putting seed in them and providing suet due to my Cardinals and Red-bellied woodpeckers.  I also have the occasional finch.  I also have about 90 percent grackles and starlings. I mean my knuckles are sore from hitting the window.  Honestly. Watch […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on May 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Velva Freburg and also Donnie Small and Guy Gardine. Katrina and Neta went to Columbia.  Neta had surgery on her ears.  Hoping she will be able to hear better. Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville. Lena Mae Horning went to Memphis and visited with Bette Wiley. […]

Alternative Solutions

Written on May 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm, by

It has been a rainy week here, with some crazy thunderstorms and a tornado warning on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the singing or the weeding or the outreach-ing. It takes some pretty rough weather to keep us inside. Christina here, new resident of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, bringing you news of the green, […]

Shocking Hunt

Written on May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

No matter how long you’ve been doing something, there is always a first. This truth goes for turkey hunting and it goes for me.  Let me explain. I had decided at the last minute to go hunting that morning. I was about thirty minutes late but was still able to arrive before the hens flew […]

Maybe We Could Break Away From Being The Way We Are

Written on May 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm, by

I know.  I know that is a rather strange, maybe obscure, title.  It isn’t exactly how I think it should be; but the thread is.  I wish to address those of us who go through our days as if we give them little thought as to how they might advance from dull routine to incredible […]

Personal Values

Written on April 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm, by

What if your personal values were dictated by your employer? Former Major League baseball pitcher and now former ESPN commentator Curt Schilling, has to be wondering if that is not the case. Schilling was canned by the national sports broadcaster after commenting on a cartoon on Facebook that was poking fun at the transgender restroom […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on April 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm, by

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville. Naomi Kidd-Schwandt is home from the hospital.  She says she was in the hospital for three weeks and is happy to get home, but a little weak. Don Tague went to Springfield to a Chosin Few Reservoir Reunion Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Danny Wiley and friend Ron […]


Written on April 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm, by

As I sit here contemplating hummingbird season, several things come to mind.  Do I know where all my feeders are? Do I have at least 10 lbs. of sugar (about what I use in a summer or maybe more), should I change areas?  Do I have the right flowers and shrubs to attract hummers, the […]

Why Some Christians Don’t Pray 

Written on April 26, 2016 at 11:24 am, by

I speak not from criticism of a few; but rather, first, from experience of me.  For years as the one person in the church who should have been praying, I was not.  I did not. And I can’t explain the precise whys or why-nots; but a slight glimpse into this oddity might open some of […]

Risk Taking

Written on April 26, 2016 at 11:18 am, by

I don’t remember being so aggravated as I was the other day. There I was sitting with a friend, sulking about a lost opportunity to pull the trigger on a tom turkey. The night before we had seen a gobbler and a hen move into a certain part of the woods. We surmised they would […]