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Our sympathy to family and friends of L.P. “Pete” Mayfield, Robert “Bobby” Mauck and to Roberta McAfee and family on the loss of her mother. Katrina took great-aunt Neta to Columbia on January 25th.  The doctor said more tests are needed, before she can have her ears fixed. Ronnie and Bonnie Young are back from […]

Confidently Humble 

At first it seems like it could be an oxymoron; confidently humble.  But it isn’t… I don’t think. To me this is a paramount challenge.  We want our servant-warriors (there it goes again) to be fearless without being obnoxious.  What I’m seeing is that the pathway of Jesus is incredibly unique. If awareness, focus, and […]



With the mid-winter point coming up this week (Imbolc, for some), I’m finding myself taking stock of this winter’s qualities and beginning to think of it as another mild winter like last year’s. Last year was the warmest on record, globally, and this is set to be the (new) warmest yet again, according to climatologists, […]


As many of you know, sometimes it is more fun to take someone hunting than it is to go yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your own children. But that’s not the only time. I remember the day I took a young black man on his first deer hunting trip. I will […]


The snowfall has been beautiful. I have enjoyed watching my many birds visit my feeders during the morning hours. Lots of Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Doves and a few sparrows.  Russ and I shell corn off the cob for the doves.  He loves to help, and really is like a sponge […]

Rutledge Renegades

Not much news.  Seems everyone thinks it is too cold to get out. Bob Rouse came in and when I asked him if he had any news, he said “just that it is cold”. Mrs. Lydia Zimmerman, Ellenor and Emma Shirk went to Texas.  Emma made a comment that she dressed for temperatures here and […]



Sometimes, the entire character of an area becomes profoundly changed by a single entity. Something as small as a new family pulling up in their moving van, or something as large as a casino moving in to your hometown. “There goes the neighborhood,” someone will utter, no matter what. For me, it was growing up […]

Why Should Anyone Want To Be A Christian?

Let’s get real.  Is there really a need for Christianity anymore?  Or, has this system ridden the rails so very long that it no longer reflects direction or meaning?  Are our communities uselessly expending human energy to keep the church organization afloat via a few transfers and conversions here and there? Would it be fairly […]

Early Retirement

I spent my last few days of this deer season in Alabama with Jonathon and Hubert (affectionately called Hube). Jonathon brought Hube not only because they are friends but because it was Hube’s 80th birthday and because Hube loves to hunt. He likes hunting deer and turkey, but he is especially keen on bear hunting […]

Letter from the Editor

I want to thank Alline for her January 14th Letter to the Editor pointing out some of the shortcomings in my January 7th editorial. Sometimes in attempting to make one point, several others get obscured in the process. Perhaps this is a common pitfall. In arguing against the editorial, the letter states that people are […]

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