Contributor Columns

It’s For the Birds

The middle of July has passed.  Many of the birds have had their little ones for the season, and enjoying the last part of the summer before beginning the migration process. My Purple Martins are going strong.  So many babies this summer.  They are still feeding babies in the house, so some have not flown. …

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Start Your Scholarship Search This Summer

By Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick As a kid, summer is often a time to relax, forget about the rigors of school, sit by the pool and get a tan, and maybe earn some spending money in a summer job.  But summer is also the perfect time to get your high schooler thinking about higher…

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Downing Depot News

  Welcome to Downing. Small, but proud in July 2021. The Downing Fire Department once again put on excellent fireworks show on Saturday eve. The weather cooperated nicely. Wouldn’t it be great to harness that feeling the instant when you see a new favorite visual explosion of stars in the sky—the surprise, joy, beauty, amazement,…

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So, God Made a Farmer

by Paul Harvey And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker”  — so, God made a Farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town…

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It’s For the Birds

Spring is here for sure, and so are the hummingbirds.  I have had several people comment that they had them about the 23rd.  I did not put my feeder out until April 29, and had one here Friday April 30.  I have not had many yet.   I did have an Oriole here at the…

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Mom Wisdom

By Carolyn L. Primm   A little wisdom and a little craziness for moms.  Motherhood is where true love begins and never ends. Of all the things my arms held, none was more comforting than my mother’s neck. No one was ever a perfect mother, but you can fool a lot of children by just…

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The Dandelion and the Wind

By Carolyn L. Primm  God looked down on his creation and said, “I will add a drop of sunshine onto the earth.”  That said, He created the dandelion.  The dandelion soon attracted the attention of bees and birds and other flying things.  Humans, too, noticed the dandelion’s brilliant yellow hue, and smiled at its presence. …

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Living Life Over

10 Years Ago The Christmas season just got a little more golden for Rose Do It Best Hardware and Jana Muntz of Memphis.  Muntz was chosen as the winner of the Rose Do It Best Hardware $1,000 Shopping Giveaway. Jana was selected at random from more than 1,500 entries submitted at the store from August…

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Saying Goodbye to 2020: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello friends of Dancing Rabbit! Liz here, to give you the latest from the village. This is the last Dancing Rabbit update for 2020. And so we bid adieu to a year that was extraordinary in many ways, and definitely not what any of us were expecting. I can’t think of a better place to…

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Bread of Life

Pastor Steve Ellison  From Genesis to Micah, Bethlehem appears often on the pages of the Old Testament.  We first learn of Bethlehem in Genesis 47 where we are told of the burial of Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife.  The book of Ruth tells us that Bethlehem is the setting for perhaps the most beautiful love story…

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