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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween). 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 […]

Comments from the canyons: Age isn’t something to fear

Not long ago, a very young friend sat beside me to do a little visiting and asked me how it feels to be old. Well, she had no idea what happens when an English professor becomes completely speechless. I knew she wanted an answer and felt I should supply one but had no idea what […]

Lauriault: Jesus key to removing stain of sin

While coming home from church recently, I drove through a swarm of insects so thick I knew there wasn’t enough windshield solution to clean it off although I knew the reservoir was nearly full. It would’ve just made a smeary mess. Shortly thereafter, I was getting gas and decided to clean the windshield so my […]

Wisdom is God’s favorite tool

We often talk about how hard it is to know God’s will for our lives, but let’s get real. Knowing God’s will is rarely the hard part; what’s hard is doing the part of God’s will we already know but pretend that we don’t. And then, hurting ourselves and others, we ignore a hundred warning […]