On some of my trips I can travel pretty light, but there have been some where I felt like a mule carrying the things I had to take. One trip I had to pack for three different seasons, professional settings, and youth settings. I was going to be gone for quite a while, so I had to basically t… Read more

This time of year, I know many of you already have your seed catalogue out and you’re trying to decide what to plant when spring arrives. We know it will arrive — we just don’t know when. I love the Ozarks because we do have different seasons. But as I sit here with my typing gloves on and a… Read more

Aunt Betty's wedding ring had been in the family for three generations, and it was passed down to my wife. There's probably no piece of jewelry that she treasured more than this one. But she couldn't wear it because Aunt Betty's ring size was a lot larger than my wife's little fingers. So Ka… Read more

Three special ladies in my life, have recently been promoted to Heaven. They were each getting up in years, but continued to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. They have all had a part in my life and I can’t help but thank them for their faithfulness. Read more

We were on a business trip when my friend Rich found a site that advertised caverns and an Indian artifact museum. A Native American man offered to take Rich on the museum tour which he thought would last about 15 minutes. Nearly two hours later, he had received an incredible history lesson … Read more

The trouble with being alive is that we make mistakes … or people think we make mistakes. Someday, I’ll be promoted to Heaven and there will be no more mistakes or misunderstandings. I get accused of a lot of things, and a percentage is probably true!  Read more

DIAMOND CITY — Jacob Powell of Diamond City was commissioned in September to replace the sign for the Lord of the Lake Lutheran Church. The plan was to construct a replica of the worn and deteriorating sign. He and his son Colton were almost finished with the sign when a peculiar incident oc… Read more

When our daughter and son-in-law became parents the first time, they also became an aunt and uncle. Their niece was a little younger than their first son, but you can imagine that both sets of parents enjoyed swapping stories about their first child. For example, he would set out a toy or a … Read more

I’ll have to be honest. This week’s column deadline snuck up on me. I could blame it on the busy season, or the fact I’ve been on meds since last week for this congestion crud going around. I had, at least dated a document, but when I opened it … my byline was the only thing on the page. YIKES Read more

My friend, Bill, was talking to me about his son’s expectations. He called them microwave expectations. Bill was in his early 50s, and his son Ken had been married for about a year, and his son wanted everything fast —like in a microwave. Bill said, “I can’t believe it. They want all this st… Read more

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On some of my trips I can travel pretty light, but there have been some where I felt like a mule carrying the things I had to take. One trip I had to pack for three different seasons, professional settings, and youth settings. I was going to be gone for quite a while, so I had to basically t…