Country Views: Spicy history of cinnamon

April 1, 2017
I once knew a little Mexican kitty named Canela. This was when I could speak only a few words of Spanish. The word for cinnamon, which is canela (cah-NAY-la), was not among them. But I think you can imagine what ...

Things I Have Learned: Hoarding something of value

March 1, 2017
Today’s Wisdom: “I can amass countless fortunes and yet stand with empty hands.” Craig Lounsbrough Like most folks I am fascinated by the television shows exploring the living arrangements of hoarders. While I understand there is an element of mental ...

Country Views: Who Cooks for You?

February 1, 2017
We’ve lived in this patch of woods for the last 30 years. Because the forest comes right up to our doorstep, we are often visited and entertained by our wild neighbors. Our most unusual visitor was a fisher, who we ...

Boomer’s Journal: The sweet sounds (and smells) of Christmas

December 1, 2016
The great big Christmas tree, all the way to the ceiling, was decorated in tinsel and lights. The darkened church was full with anticipation. Other than a few whispers, there was a hush…silence right before the best sounds of Christmas ...

My Perspective: ‘When I was your age…’

December 1, 2016
When I’m talking to my boys (ages 6, 9 and 11), I find myself starting more and more sentences with, “When I was your age…” It is a sure sign that I’m getting older. And it is also a clear ...

Boomer’s Journal: Duck Opener… it’s a holiday weekend

September 29, 2016
Duck opener has always been a “kind-of-a-holiday” weekend. The kind where everything else stops and you don’t plan another thing. Weddings, reunions, family gatherings, possibly even funerals…are not planned during duck opener weekend. There is no discussion when it comes ...

From Where I Sit: Seasons Change… it’s inevitable

September 29, 2016
Big yellow school buses are rumbling down my street picking up excited little kids and sullen high schoolers. Summer’s over. No more dock time. Life’s fall schedule has commenced. Mom’s doing a happy dance and sipping another cup of coffee ...

Time Passages: Presidential libriaries/museums worth a visit

August 1, 2016
When former First Lady Nancy Reagan died this past March and was laid to rest next to President Ronald Reagan at his presidential library/museum in Simi Valley, Calif., I got to thinking about the treasure trove of historical artifacts and ...

Country Views: Old novel tugs at the adventurous boy in me

August 1, 2016
Paperback edition of Riders of the Purple Sage.
I recently finished reading Zane Grey’s 1912 novel Riders of the Purple Sage. I don’t normally read old romantic westerns, but Zane Grey tugs at the adventurous boy in me. ...

From Where I Sit: Summer as a child was the best

August 1, 2016
Ice cream, dances, beaches and drive-ins filled our days
Have you stopped to think about where would you could find a good outdoor movie theater today?
Back in the days when I was still a kid, summer meant enjoying a ...

My Perspective: Two pigs join Palmer family

August 1, 2016
Noah and his two blue ribbon pigs at the Pope County Fair in Glenwood. Photo by Jim Palmer
After years in Cub Scouts our oldest son, Noah, decided to make a lane change. This spring, we officially became a 4-H ...