America, land that I love! Born and bred in the U.S.A.!
No matter what "political party" takes up space in D.C., this land is your land, this land is my land, and I shall call it beloved, and blessed by God, and shall never be anything less than humbled and blessed to have been born here and live here. I shall never, ever take it for granted.
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:25:20 AM
Something special from the child of your soul
As our earthly time together wings by, fleeting, we have communication that comes when you reach out with your heart and let your love flow through your fingertips, because I may not be able to "see" or "hear" you. Believe me; I know your love when you let it flow into a kind touch that lingers, knowing that we will have forever in Heaven, but only a few brief eyeblinks of time here on earth.
May 23, 2013 - 12:33:01 AM
I thank God for my hands
This is a wonderful and special writing. A search of the Internet reveals it in many places, but never gives the author. May God bless all who read this, as they look at their own hands in wonder.
Nov 11, 2012 - 12:15:20 AM
Photo of the Week: The Hands God Gave Us
Nov 11, 2012 - 12:02:00 AM
Having Quite A Day!
The reason given by someone in the North Dakota publication's office
was: "We only have so many words available for each article, so we
shorten things up as much as possible." That's great -- if readers know
what is meant by such acronyms, abbreviations and words emphasized by
"ALL CAPS," but sure thwarts a fully-understood article to many others.
Mar 31, 2012 - 7:02:39 AM
America, Recipient of God's Blessings
Just as we are the bride of Christ, America was created from the
blessings of God upon a promised land, a place where people could come
& make good if they worked hard enough & with honesty.
Mar 28, 2012 - 6:52:55 AM
"Tell Us Why It's Ethical to Eat Meat - A Contest" contest entry
Smithson has been a lover of both vegetables and modified vegetables
since first consuming solid foods almost sixty years ago. She resides
among many green plants and green plant consumers, both two- and
Mar 25, 2012 - 5:45:49 AM
That's the sound of the men, women and children working on the chain gang ...
the late, great Sam Cooke's pardon, the classic song he and Charles
Cooke co-wrote may soon be revised to reflect twenty-first century
servitude. With barely a whimper, America -- and many other world
nations -- has joined a march that is reminiscent of this great 1960 pop
song. Those in charge of "fiscal spending" have been so eager to skim
AMAP (as much as possible) under several guises, have created a scenario
eerily similar to Great Depression days.
Mar 7, 2012 - 4:54:28 AM
Jobs, Votes and Economic Climate Change
Oil sands and hydraulic
fracturing (aka "fracking") corporations may offer employment, but at
what cost? The pros and cons of such work/jobs as those being dangled
like carrots in front of people -- whose former good jobs were
outsourced to the other side of the world -- should be carefully
screened to discern if your potential employer is offering you FCH
(future compromised health).
Mar 6, 2012 - 5:37:01 AM
When the Mouse Freezes
When the Mouse Freezes, appended (this applies to those with Personal
Computers, who are so impersonal when it comes to going on the fritz)
Feb 24, 2012 - 6:13:12 AM
Innocence: dust it off (it's still there!)
Innocence cannot be lost (only misplaced or temporarily covered by
"life"): Innocence lost is an illusion, a mirage that makes many folks
regret something (singular or plural) in their past.
Feb 21, 2012 - 6:03:43 AM
A Pet For a Christmas Gift?
Christmas is fast approaching, and people are shopping for pets for
Christmas presents. They are swarming the pet stores, and unless they're
adopting a shelter pet from PetSmart, they're probably looking at a
puppymill puppy, which likely will have health issues (due to puppymill
"breeding") that will arise later in life.
Dec 10, 2011 - 7:20:27 PM
Career Politicians good for ...
Perhaps we should be changing what a career politician is and does by
settling for nothing less than what we, ourselves, would do, were we in
that position. Would we have the backbone and moral fortitude to be what
we are in the 'private sector'?
Nov 23, 2011 - 3:30:05 AM
Klamath Restoration Draft EIS/EIR
Any schemes to remove any of the four dams on the Klamath River -- in
Oregon and/or California -- are just that: schemes. If there were any
validity to claims touted by those involved in CLOSED DOOR
'negotiations' regarding the Klamath Basin and its four dams, those
claims were rendered null and void by the few years of secretive and
selective clique of "interested parties" involved.
Nov 18, 2011 - 12:23:47 AM
Names don't make it so
Calling a litigious outfit an "environmental group" is like trying to
make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Where is the proof that litigating
almost every natural resource plan in America to a halt -- or forcing
"mitigation" in the form of vast acreage offered up at the altar of
"habitat" -- has actually made a positive difference to any specie of
flora or fauna?
Nov 16, 2011 - 5:45:45 AM
My grandmothers were both elderly when I became old enough to have memories of them. My dad's mother died when I was just a child. My mom's mother died when I was 35, and my memories of her were her amazing meals
Nov 4, 2011 - 7:15:36 AM
Water fouled by cattle grazing, in particular?
It is "shuttered vision" to publicize only livestock. All animals urinate and defecate. Why pick on cattle alone? Do kangaroos, dingoes, etc., "do" things differently?
Sep 28, 2011 - 8:30:30 AM
Quality Farm & Fleet: Fond Memories
Our Quality Farm & Fleet store in London, Ohio, had free coffee when you walked in, and a few times each year, the ladies from the Senior Center would hold bake sales (we're talking some seriously delicious baked goods here, and the benefits were unquestionably local!). Nothing like a freshly-baked cookie or brownie to go with that free coffee, and the stories those gals would exchange with the farmers.
Sep 17, 2011 - 12:15:50 AM
Where does my food originate?
I will not assist investors in China, etc., pad their profits by making me think it's a good deal, buying food from the other side of the world. I do not like the taste of melamine, lead, etc.!
Aug 19, 2011 - 12:10:06 AM
Default is De Fault of ... Complacency
Americans have grown so insulated from their duty to be Americans that most folks assume elected politicians and appointed bureaucrats will keep our great country solvent -- while the fox is in charge of the henhouse.
Aug 3, 2011 - 12:13:45 AM
God made our lives to be a roller-coaster
God made our lives to be a roller-coaster, so we creep up toward the highs, viewing them from afar at first, then seeing them become better defined as we near our goals -- then, when a victory happens, SWOOSH! Downhill racer ... so we'll have the momentum built up to traverse the lows & be able to start climbing back up toward another high point!
Jul 31, 2011 - 12:10:09 AM
Save Our Farmers Fishermen Timberers Ranchers Miners Recreationists Freedom!
So much of what the public, also known as consumers, is fed a steady diet of, is truly junk food for the brain at best, and a toxic stew of freedom and responsible resource utilization lockdown at worst.
Jul 20, 2011 - 6:25:16 PM
The 4th of July
For those who fought for it, Freedom has a Flavor that the protected can never know.
Jul 6, 2011 - 3:33:42 PM
Do not accord respect that is unearned
America is not great because of the actions of such self-proclaimed 'ranchers' and 'environmentalists.' She is great in spite of them.
Jun 15, 2011 - 12:10:40 AM
New U.S. Department of Interior Logo
I think the new DOI logo should better reflect the "public-private partnerships" that have shored up -- or knocked flat -- its image over the past two or more decades. My five suggestions -- one for each cent that a nickel is worth:
Jun 10, 2011 - 12:23:20 AM
Machines I am not qualified to operate
Back in the dark ages of the 1960s, the job applications with which I had experience had a section titled: "List machines you are qualified to operate."
May 17, 2011 - 12:07:36 AM
I took Wiggles' life personally, made every effort to give him the best food, the freshest water, lots of great places to play and walk and sleep, and yet ... time took its toll. The ravages of age crept up on him, and although I didn't want to see it, looking back now on the many photos I took of him over the years, it's clear that he wasn't feeling 'up to snuff' as early as midway through 2008, more than two years before he returned to Heaven.
May 14, 2011 - 11:16:34 AM
A Rollercoaster of a Month is March!
In this part of the world, March is a tempestuous siren, a flirt bringing balmy weather one day and a slap-in-the-face with snow and ice the next. Wind can be a beast that seeks to peel one's warmth away with its bonechilling fingers.
Mar 15, 2011 - 12:05:03 AM
My most inspiring teacher
All I knew was that Mrs. Hobbs cared, she loved us -- and that memory remains strong as ever, 51 years later.
Mar 13, 2011 - 12:05:30 AM
24 hours of arrival
Twas a year during which my mother also returned to Heaven, a year in which more quality time was spent with both Mom and Dad then ever before, a year when all four seasons happened in God's perfect order and alignment, from last January through this December
Dec 31, 2010 - 7:43:26 AM
Wiggles sees, romps, and laughs at gravity!
Thank you for your prayers for us, which have uplifted us and taken any sadness away. Silly me, thinking I'd be lonely without him. He's still here, in a form that no longer suffers.
Dec 7, 2010 - 12:13:36 AM
Just for today, make your own history with a different ingredient or two, something that's been gathering dust on the back shelf of your mind's pantry.
Apr 28, 2010 - 12:30:56 AM
When You Find Yourself in a Hole With a Shovel, Stop Digging! Stimulus Included by Reference and for Other Purposes
Webster's dictionary recently added some new words and phrases and their definitions. "Staycation" (vacationing near one's home) and "frenemy" -- a person that acts like one's friend, but is not -- have become commonplace in the speech of Americans. They now have an official place in our dictionary.
Aug 11, 2009 - 10:42:38 AM
If this question were posed to most Americans today: Would you embrace the concept of losing your property rights and entire region's economy? The answer would be a resounding "No!"
Jun 14, 2009 - 3:18:09 PM
Signing off 2008; Welcoming 2009
It's time to put it to bed, lay it to rest.
Jan 1, 2009 - 9:42:22 AM
Klamath Dams will Save a Republic
"A Republic, if you can keep it," replied Benjamin Franklin in 1787 to a query about what form of government was America's. Franklin knew the pressure that would be brought to bear against the fledgling Republic. "Pressure makes diamonds" is the saying, and pressure to be free made America a diamond, but in the case of America's hydropower -- her dams -- pressure seems to be creating breaches of ethics. The diamond may soon shatter under inestimable pressure.
Dec 17, 2008 - 10:39:53 AM
Dam the Torpedos? Torpedoing the Dams ... and Much More
So, the hammer finally, officially fell on the Klamath Basin. Oh, the year 2020 makes it sound somehow less final to most, but the end result is the desired result: The people of the Klamath Basin and their honest, proud way of life are soon to be gone, swept away on the utterly false premise-current that fish cannot live and thrive with dams.
Nov 15, 2008 - 10:00:17 PM
Property Owner Seeks Grounds to Sue (Satire)
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - A Hawaiian coffee farm is threatening to sue an admitted coffee aficionado for "setting up camp" just outside the entrance to its property.
Nov 9, 2008 - 12:07:36 AM
The Paulson Buffet
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27-28, 2008) - Congress woos voters with a rare "weekend session" held not long after it voted itself a five weeks off -- and just before it goes missing until after the November elections.
Sep 29, 2008 - 11:30:07 PM
Just the Ticket!
Fantasy Dateline: America, November 11, 2011 - President Sarah Louise Heath Palin, sworn in one year ago, after the death of President McCain due to a recurrence of skin cancer, has announced her selection of a running mate for the 2012 presidential campaign: bowhunter rocker Ted Nugent.
Sep 2, 2008 - 11:20:24 AM