Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

God knows what’s in our best interest

Some of us have gotten rain lately, but the first six months of 2011 was one of the driest on record. A friend who shall remain nameless tongue-in-cheekily commented that God might not have sent rain because he knew we couldn’t handle it at that time. He likened the situation to his own life, in […]

Wedding woes call for desperate measures

Baxter Black It was a chance for Kurt to shine. He was father of the bride. Kurt is a seasoned, tough-hided, bow-legged Wyoming cowboy. He was not the kind of person you would ask to help you select the bridesmaids dresses or the pattern on your china. But his daughter knew that, so she asked […]

Family history repeats itself at home

By Karl Terry: FNM Columnist She said she heard it crack when she went down. All I heard was a shriek of pain as she grabbed for my arm on her way down. With a day off recently, I had been catching up on yard work and my better half followed me out to the […]

Veterans’ stories should be kept alive

by David stevens: Freedom editor I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us Stevens’? Imagine that. […]

Mother knew how to mete out discipline

By Lynn Moncus The longer I live, the more fortunate I know I am to have had the parents I had. Just by listening to how parents feel they have to be trained today causes me to realize how wise mine were, and they didn’t have to read about “parenting,” listen to tapes about how […]

Change of habits calls for chance of pace

By Lynn Moncus Recently, I was visiting with another friend who is resting from using nicotine and wondering what all the noise is about. We both agreed that we miss that habit and that we are sure we must be feeling much better than we have for years because we have been told we would. […]

Spankings as discipline never hurt anyone

By Lnn Moncus Many adages of the past came about because they were well thought out and because they were often quite true. For instance, “Spare the rod, and spoil the child” came into being by someone who knew more than a little about rearing children. They knew the need for discipline and knew that […]

2007:Time to begin inventory of good times

By Lynn Moncus Trying to select a favorite New Year’s Day would be an impossible task for this woman from Ima because very few stand out a clearly as do particular Christmas days. Although we always celebrated that day as a family and ate our black-eyed peas, we rarely did anything spectacular other than being […]

Sunny path, straight paths please Aggie

By Lynn Moncus: Quay County Sun Coumnist Since our last visit, the slave has taken me on several scary rides in the country and has caused me to consider taking driveing lessons in order to be able to go where I want to go and when I want to take a trip. I could then […]