Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how [...]

Letter to the editor: ‘Angel’ makes Christmas brighter

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are [...]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It [...]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) [...]

Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or maybe dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as well as it should, but it also works in inappropriate moments. And what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. For example . . . I [...]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no [...]

Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition [...]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He [...]

Singing easy in theory

I like to sing, but surprise me in the shower or rip the headphones from my ears and sometimes it’s not all that pretty. My elementary school teacher, Mrs. Brazzell, tried, bless her heart, but music theory and actual skills never did stick with me. If you handed me a flute-o-phone I still couldn’t play [...]

Some people can always complain

Sometimes I feel as if I’ve spent my whole life looking up at the sky, hoping to see rain clouds. That’s left over from being a child during the infamously drouthy 1950s I’m sure. These days I’m joined by the city folks who usually ignore such things. We’re all looking up hoping to see some [...]