Lauriault: Honest study of scripture leads to one truth

My pocket calendar says that tomorrow, Thursday, November 14th, is Ashura, a time of fasting and meditation by Muslims. Islamic scholars disagree over the origin of the holiday and Islamic clerics are divided on how the holiday should be commemorated (Wikipedia). These differences often lead to violence between the two major sects of Islam. Religious […]

Comments from the canyons: Visit to friend in Kansas major honor

As you know, this woman from Ima rarely gets out of Quay County, but the car seemed to need a little more airing out after having been to Las Cruces; thus, it headed toward Liberal, Kansas so I could visit a THS friend, Pat Shockley, Class of 1950. Of course, she had proffered the invitation […]

Notes from the church lady: Wait on the Lord when your wings are clipped

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” While talking with a friend, I commented, I “had my wings clipped.” This is an idiom I heard all my life. It was used when I was grounded as a teenager or was sick and unable to leave the house. […]

Comments from the canyons: Call from historian a real honor

Although many of us who live in Quay County are interested in our history, I now only one native who is a real historian, Ph.D., and all. Yes, Dave Stratton is definitely the one who comes to mind. He is a former Rattler who did well in school, was quite good in our sports program, […]

Lauriault: Halloween not necessarily a bad thing

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Halloween (All Hallows Evening). Scholars are divided over the origin of All Hallows ( Some say it was instituted to recognize deceased believers, particularly martyrs and saints. Others claim that it, along with Christmas and Easter, are Christianized forms of pagan festivals and shouldn’t be celebrated. I have no problem with Halloween […]

Comments from the canyons: Still proud to be an Aggie

While some of you collect items of value, this woman from lma has begun to collect 50-year graduation anniversary memorabilia. For instance, I hit the Golden Rattler age in 2002, the Golden Aggie age in 2005, and another Golden Aggie anniversary this year. Of course, that first Aggie degree, a Bachelor of Arts, was received […]

God, grumbling and a snake on a stick

As John 3 begins, we have the account of Jesus’ amazing words to Nicodemus the Pharisee about being “born again.”   Just a few verses later, the Lord refers to a snaky incident recorded in Numbers 21. Unlike Nicodemus, we modern Christians have heard the term “born again” enough that it no longer properly surprises […]

Comments from the canyons: Children with imaginary friends not any worse off than those without

Through the years, we have visited about the many changes in attitudes toward various foods and beverages. We were told not to eat eggs because they could have near fatal effects. Coffee was a sure way to poor health. Suddenly, both became healthful if eaten or drunk in moderation. I have had an interest in […]

Notes from the church lady: Don’t wait until it’s too late

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:3 The days are growing shorter, the leaves are beginning to take on their fall colors, and the summer gardens are quickly becoming a memory. The once warm days are now replaced with cooler, crisp mornings that remind us that […]

Persecution Is a faith-test, but so is freedom and ease

It was 27 years ago when Pavel Poloz, a recent exile from Russia, observed, “In Russia, Christians are tested by hardship, but in America you are tested by freedom. And testing by freedom is much harder.” He went on: “Nobody pressures you about your religion. So you relax and are not concentrated on Christ, on […]