I recall lots of great stories around the campfire over the years. Those who loved to hunt always enjoyed telling their biggest, baddest hunting stories. Those who liked to fish always chimed in with great fish stories, and somehow, the subject always seemed to turn to stories of snakes.
Huge, scary, waiting-to-pounce snakes.
‘”A mother understands what a child doesn’t say.” — Anonymous This is a tale of two moms. For those of you who have been enjoying the Olympics, you may have already shared this thought. In the stands The mother of Michael Phelps is the mom we all would want to have on our side, cheering […]
I am convinced the dog world is blessed with its own share of heroes. I’ve been lucky enough to know some of them quite well.
There really are still heroes in the world. While most people talk about their plans for retirement with visions of sandy beaches and endless golf courses dancing in their head, one man had an entirely different vision. While flying a commercial jet over the Pacific, Bill Gross commented to his co-worker in the cockpit, “When […]
There was the milkman, the postman, the soda jerk and the hardware clerk. We had the shy guy, the intrepid talker, the lady forever dressed to the nines with every hair in place, no matter it was just a boring Monday in our little town. We were blessed with the grain elevator owner who respected […]
“As part of a training exercise, those newly-inducted were served orders that they could run the world as individuals for a full seven days. They tried their best to operate in an individual fashion, barking orders in their own way. The cadets fell all over themselves making one huge mistake after another until they reached […]
“To be with a child is to become a bit of a child again, for that magical moment.” — Anonymous For one wonderful day last week, I had the chance to return to being a kid for an entire day. My niece Jody and her husband, Dave, have been blessed with two wonderful little boys […]
This past week has been one in which I have come to realize how very much I should appreciate the freedom I tend to take for granted, and the many blessings of living where I live. As the nation celebrates Independence Day, two very opposite stories have landed in my lap which opened my eyes […]
“The Salinas Valley is in Northern California. It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay. I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what […]
Has farming ever been more exciting and more nerve-wracking at the same time? I had the opportunity to talk with a life-long farmer who I respect greatly one morning last week, and we discussed the ups and downs of this incredible agricultural scene. He was debating how much of his corn crop to contract, saying, […]