First of all, I’d like to thank all of the readers who sent letters and called with recipes for mincemeat. There hasn’t been enough room in the column to print all of the recipes I received, but I’m setting some of them aside until Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017.
Let’s be clear about the latest bit of chaos from the dysfunctional — that’s John McCain’s description — Trump White House. The real Mike Flynn scandal was not the one that led the national security adviser to be fired. The scandal is that he was ever hired.
Some of the things Trump has done to turn the page on politics-as-usual are probably good, and some are obviously bad. The problem with a bull in a china shop is that he doesn't discriminate between the lousy dishware and the good stuff. More importantly, what distinguishes the lousy from the luxury is in the eye of the beholder.
Definitions run the gamut but this is the week that we celebrate love with flowers, chocolate, cards, favors and functions. For what do we have if love isn’t the cornerstone of how we live our lives? Unfortunately, love has become a word with many definitions, usually lived out as we individually see fit. Maybe those who have gone before us have some insight on one of the most powerful, and explosive words that we tend to throw around like candy.
I have just finished reading “Small Great Things,” a novel written by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She is a genius at crafting novels so that the reader cannot put her books down, and then the message is often haunting.
Did you know that cavities are the most common childhood disease? The good news is that cavities are almost 100 percent preventable.
As the first man from Craig to die in World War II in Salerno, Italy, Sam Havenga heralded the sacrifice Craig would suffer during World War II. Sam didn’t appear to have the making of a soldier, but like so many of his generation, World War II demanded he take part in the gruesome carnage.
During a good part of the winter, we feed small, rectangular bales (we feed round bales a little later). Lyle loads the bales on a 4-wheeler-pulled trailer, drives them out to the feedlot, and scatters them around the lot — two trailer loads. My job is to cut the strings and spread the hay out (as much as possible when there are bunches of cows pushing each other around the bales).
Janine Rinker of Craig sent in the first of this week’s recipes with a note that it is “a favorite Valentine’s Day treat.” Crisom Crumble Bars will be a pretty treat for Valentine’s Day with its cranberry ingredient. Thanks, Janine!
Faith Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and this year, 2017, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation.
Mental health provider Mind Springs Health has joined state and national Zero Suicide initiatives that offer tools to end suicide. “Zero Suicide embraces the critically important, fundamental idea that suicide is preventable,” said Executive Vice President of Mind Springs Health Michelle Hoy.
Recently singer Lady Gaga has been under social media’s scrutiny for her figure during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Critics took to Twitter, shaming Gaga and suggesting that she wasn’t in perfect shape for her performance.
In early 2015, an online hubbub erupted over a researcher’s claim that 36 specific questions, answered seriously, could create intimacy and cause two people to fall in love. It’s that easy? I must have wasted my time entertaining butterflies in my stomach, losing my ability to concentrate and feeling insanely happy. Silly me. I could have skipped periods of bliss and moments of uncertainty of by answering 36 questions and listening to a possible partner do the same.
Students reading through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” are confused about his jail time for not having a parade permit. How times have changed, is my real and honest explanation. Teachers extol the virtues of researching issues, being informed and settling differences peacefully through discussion and debate and I am constantly reminding students that, “just because you listen, doesn’t automatically mean that you agree.”
This week’s novel is the re-telling of the prodigal son story. “Long Way Gone” was written by Charles Martin and published by Thomas Nelson (a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing), 2016.