Searching for a cure for life’s screwups

While sitting next to a 20-something young woman on the airplane, I shook a handful of peanut butter M&M’s into my palm. She said, “I wish I’d bought some of those, too.” I offered her one but she declined, “Oh, no.” she sighed, “I’ve got these.” She indicated a plastic baggie with enough pills and […]

There is always something for which to give thanks

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…” Psalm 92:1

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Creatures add levity, perspective to life

Often when life seems to be a bit difficult, something comes along to give a few minutes of levity and helps us to regain some perspective. In my case, for instance, creatures are the greatest ones to change the subject and to bring a modicum of relief. Of course, Aggie, my constant companion, works hard […]

Watched pot boils eventually

Leonard Lauriault An old saying goes something like “A watched pot never boils,” indicating that time seems to go by slow as a snail when we’re expecting something to happen. The intended advice is to just find something else to occupy our time while we wait. Once, I was waiting for a pot of milk […]

Focused minds not easily filled with temptation

By Leonard Laurialt: Religion columnist Sometimes I get a lot more out of a sermon than the preacher may have intended. That probably happens on both sides of conversations when one person says something meaning it one way and the other person’s frame of mind at the moment is such that what is said strikes […]

Turning 30 not that terrible

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor Milestone birthdays are something that can be dreaded or welcomed. Whether it is turning 18, 21, 40, 50, 60 or whatever it may be, age is something that can get to a person and weigh on a person’s mind. I am facing this problem today. Yep, I am turning […]

Stay faithful during marriage

By Chris Schmaedeke: QCS managing editor One of the biggest news stories of late has been the circus that has followed golfer Tiger Woods getting in a car accident in the early hours of the day after Thanksgiving. But that was only the beginning of it. Since the car crash, a lot of stories have […]

Freedom something to be shared among nations

by Leonard Lauriault I grew up during the Cold War – a period of tremendous international distrust and fear of eminent world war. Even in remote parts of the Amazonian jungle in eastern Peru, where I lived during my early childhood, we had a place to hide when the alarm was sounded that, “The Russians […]

Wellness fair set for Satuday

QCS Staff Over 60 organizations and businesses will be at the Quay County Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, including more than 40 health-related exhibits. There is something for everyone, according to organizers. Here are some of the highlights: • Car seat safety station for getting information on properly installing your car seat. • The Kids’ […]