Thursday, November 26, 2015

As the journey by covered wagon unfolds for Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband and young daughter, Rose, it becomes apparent that the travelers will be glad to settle down in a new home.

In the traveling journal of Laura Ingalls Wilder, it is interesting to read not only of their daily trials and tribulations as they headed west in their covered wagon, but of the local farming struggles in the barren soil of 1894.

While many are familiar with The Little House on The Prairie tales from Laura Ingalls Wilder, many have never read the diary she kept while traveling from South Dakota to Mansfield, Mo.

Remember the good old days of the cowboy commandments? It seems like such a long time ago when every child wanted to be a cowboy who stood up for all that was good, honorable and right.

This past week has been a week of challenges. A chilly rain was falling when we went to bed on Wednesday night.

Winter's blasts of snow and ice tickle the fancy of some while creating for others extreme hard work for hours on end, along with nightmarish challenges that cannot be resolved overnight.

As we close out the year, it is interesting to look back on what life was like 100 years ago. In the year 1904, according to an interesting fact sheet, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.

Reading this Christmas book of personal stories collected by President Carter prompted many memories shared by my father over the years.

It has been said that much can be determined about the character of a man by studying the way he treats animals.

It was a gray and dreary morning. Not much happening. Not much to spark the day. Until the phone rang.