This, Our Valley


"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." – Helen Keller

I was talking to a friend the other day; he mentioned in passing how much the Christian faith has changed over the centuries.

Cowboy Poetry

The campfire was a welcome sight. We’d ridden most the day. We led the horses to the corral, then tossed in bales of hay.

The corral had seen some better years. We thought it looked worn out. I’ll bet the corral had stories you could ramble on about.

Thoughts on Guns

"This is a rifle, it's not a gun;

it's made for shooting, it's not for fun."

So runs a line in a movie, the name of which I have long forgotten. If I recall correctly, Richard Widmark is one of the main actors and plays the part of an army (or marine) drill sergeant.

Cowboy Poetry

I woke up with a toothache in the middle of the night. I’d eaten half a chocolate cake, now paying for each bite.

I stumbled to the cabinet to find some quick relief. Dang! Someone stole my medicine! The doggone, stinkin’ thief!

Natural Resource News

Do your animals need wind protection? Do you want to save money by reducing your energy consumption? Do you want to reduce noise, create a visual barrier or establish wildlife habitat? There are many conservation benefits to planting a windbreak, shelterbelt or getting trees and shrubs established.

Commodity Insite

Listening to a market analyst based in New York earlier this week I heard him refer to the stock market as having, “attention deficit disorder.” I don’t disagree but the same description can be equally applied to the commodity markets as well.

Cowboy Poetry

Shopping Frenzy

I drove on down to Sportsman’s Shop to buy a brand-new cap. But, when I stepped in through the doors they had me in their trap.

I’m not talking ‘bout the trap that snares your foot and won’t let go. I’m alluding to the shopping trance. Why couldn’t I say no?


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