Category Archives: EDITORIALS

Heat Wave, Visitors, and a Sad Farewell

Written on July 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm, by

Howdy. Ben here, bringing y’all news from the storm-swept prairies, soggy draws, and humid homes of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It certainly has been an eventful week here, though to be honest I haven’t had an uneventful one yet in my four years of time on farm. I’ll just stick with the formula y’all have come […]

The Simple Act Of Compassion 

Written on July 26, 2016 at 10:11 am, by

Society at large is in a world of hurt.  Everyone has enough on their plates; even to the point of overload if not, at least, significant distraction.  To be frank about it, every person hurts significantly.  What we want to address is how to ease the pain; no, cure the burdens we each encounter. A […]

Strategic Planning

Written on July 26, 2016 at 10:05 am, by

I’m reminded of an old country song that goes like this. “It’s too hot to fish, too hot for golf, and too cold at home” (Imagine a deep twang). Well, while the home fires may still be burning, it’s definitely too hot to fish and too hot for golf. So, I just sits and thinks […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on July 26, 2016 at 10:04 am, by

Our sympathy to families and friends of Barbara Whitefield, Dennis Hoffarth (Dancing Rabbits), Martin Huber (worked at Zimmermans), Nathan and Mary Joyce Zimmerman (loss of baby boy), Sheldon Paul, and Mervin High. Neal and Dawn Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Ann and husband, Jahaziel Cantu and children, Eli, Elizabeth and Lydia, from Flower Mound, came up for a […]


Written on July 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm, by

If you’ve been around the woods or the farm long enough, you have had the opportunity to fight a swarm of bees. This is the season for those little yellow jackets to let you know who the boss is. I’m especially alert right now while I’m moving tree stands from one place to another. I […]

Song Birds

Written on July 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm, by

This time of year, the many song birds of our area begin to silence themselves.  Often times, I hear the gorgeous song of American Robins in early morning and late evening.  This to me, is a neat calming sound, good to meditate by.  Get up about 5:30 some morning, make your first cup of coffee […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on July 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Harvey Lee Holman. Ellanor Zimmerman and Emma Shirk went to Kentucky for Emma’s grandmother’s funeral. Charlene Montgomery and Naomi Kidd-Schwandt went to Hannibal. Vada Granger and Reva Hustead went to Hannibal.  Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.  They met Jenny Walker and ate lunch. Bev Cole […]

Living On Upbeat Avenue

Written on July 19, 2016 at 10:51 am, by

Life is tough.  Parts of it stink.  Struggle could possibly be our middle name on many occasions.  But who wants to live on the corner of Bummed Street and Never Satisfied if we could reside on Upbeat Avenue?  This possibility is surely worth pursuing. I was a part of the church for a long time–as […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm, by

Our sympathy to family and friends of Betty Walker.  Betty lived in Rutledge and at one time was the telephone operator at the telephone switchboard. Someone came in and said a member of the family had a class ring from Rutledge High School!  It was from 1926!  It had the letter R and date!  Good […]

Caring for Each Other

Written on July 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm, by

“Tereza!” Ted yelled when he saw me, “You are the last person I wanted to see here!” Not might sound warm or caring to you, dear reader, but it was. Let me set the scene… A number of Spiral Scouts and parents were camping out near the new pond on Saturday night, and while it […]