Thursday, November 26, 2015

When we speak of land conservation, the farmer in each of us tends to think of caring for farm ground in the best possible way.

This past weekend was a big event, and a memorable one, for certain. The parents of my good friend Cindy celebrated 50 years of marriage, and there was a party big enough to mark it.

My son, Cort, has become friends with a girl who is visiting here from Japan this school year. He told us that he is teaching her fun English slang words, and she is enjoying every minute of it.

Just a week ago, we had the joy of welcoming a young couple with a sweet little baby to our home. As I was making a fuss over the baby, the young mother told me my optimism and enthusiasm was exactly what she needed to hear.

As time marches on, the changing of seasons remains the same, but little else has been untouched by the progression of time.

I remember as a child being obsessed with horses and the cowboy life. It consumed our play, it invaded our dreams.

Winter wind, howling in the depths of December prompts us to wish to retreat to the easy chair beside the fireplace, a cup of something warm and steaming nestled in our chilly hands.

Farm safety was constantly a part of our dialogue over the course of my growing up years, and though I am sure we turned deaf ears to it at the time, I now can understand the enormity of it.

The man who painted eloquent pictures of everyday heroes may have been surprised to know that he became one of mine.

One day recently, the morning TV news carried two headlines that made me stop in my tracks. Condoleeza Rice was appealing for several billion dollars in aid to be sent to Tunisia, and about quadruple that billion dollar amount to be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.