Category Archives: EDITORIALS

Baby Birdies

Written on June 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm, by

There are so many things to do this time of year.  Garden to tend, hay to bale, yards to mow, flowers to manicure, vegetables to can, and on and on.  Take a little time to enjoy your front porch or deck and watch the hummingbirds, spend some quiet time with nature.  With that said, by […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on June 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm, by

Dean Tibbs and wife Beverly from Egan, MN, came down for a few days to visit his sister, Carol and husband, Clayton Hustead.  On their way back home they stopped at Zimmerman’s Café and visited with friends there. Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.  Neta went to an orthopedic doctor.  He re-x-rayed her […]

Compassion, Connection, and Building Bridges

Written on June 21, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

Hopefully by the time you read this we will have had some rain. Meanwhile it’s mostly hot and dry, with a fine layer of dust and pollen on every surface indoors and out. To be sure, we’ve had a few welcome cool nights, and even dropped below the dew point once or twice, but that’s […]


Written on June 21, 2016 at 9:45 am, by

Jimmy’s idea of being in the woods has nothing to do with squirrel, deer, or even those delicious mushrooms. His joy comes from not only the hunt but the profitability of it. He hunts ginseng. Ginseng is a root that is used in many medicines and as its own natural, herbal, supplement. It is used […]

Dealing With Days Of Stress 

Written on June 21, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

These are not easy times.  I doubt that any ever were.  But, we face ours as these are the ones we must negotiate.  Dealing with stress is a constant…for everyone…calling for elements of maneuverability beyond ourselves. The reason that I sense the need to address this matter is because I want to cheer on the […]

Benefits and Compromises

Written on June 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm, by

It is hot outside. The pond feels like a bathtub, the sun is hazy, the tomatoes are wilting, and I have spotted Thomas on more than one occasion lying on the Common House floor to cool off. Did I mention that I am from New England? Did I mention that I am terrified of the heat? […]

Father’s Day

Written on June 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm, by

I have never been a big holiday guy. It seems there are so many now that they’re almost no different from any other day of the week. They have evolved so much that even Ground-Hog Day has national television coverage. Father’s Day, however, is special to me. Not only because I am one, but because […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on June 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm, by

Neta Phillips fell Monday evening around 9:00 p.m.  She called Charlene Montgomery to take her to the Memphis Hospital where she had x-rays taken.  They showed she had a fracture of her femur.  She now has a leg brace. Charlene, Bette Wiley, and Neta went to Kirksville. Jenny Walker took her niece, Neta, to Columbia. […]


Written on June 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm, by

Guess what June is half over, meaning summer is moving right along.  We talk of this so often.  Where does time go? Many of the song birds in your yard are on their second hatch. As many of you know, my deck Robin is on her second nest. She built a nice new one, and […]

Trying To Live From The Safety-Nest 

Written on June 13, 2016 at 11:26 am, by

Being a person can take its toll… on being a person. We do have the elements to fight, don’t we?  What’s weird is that, as much as we resent personal criticism from any other, we feel such freedom to whittle ourselves down to size before our opponents enter the ring. Truthfully, sometimes the enemy is […]