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 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    November 25, 2022 

Cooking in the West

Every year right before Thanksgiving back when I was teaching English, I would ask all of my junior high students to write poems entitled, "I Am Thankful For..." I always modeled a few lines of an example poem for them, so with a very straight face...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, when someone says, “Remember when…” that phrase stirs up all kinds of feelings of warmth and happiness; all five senses seem to partake in the memories. There’s just something about recollecting the...

 

Cooking in the West

We have been enjoying a beautiful fall, but suddenly Mother Nature decided to turn on us with prolonged snow and cold these last couple weeks. We old timers well remember the horrible winter of 1978-79 which followed a really nice fall right up...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: A brand-new day, full week ahead, Birthdays most every day! Each one of you, we hope the best for Happy Jolly Day. Most are our friends, and Aunties, three! Some cousins mixed in too. All are good cooks, desserts they...

 

Cooking in the West

We shipped our calves this week, which generated lots of material for a humor column because funny stuff happens when you combine a bunch of cattle and horses and cowboys and elk hunters and things that break down at inopportune times. But, somehow,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, some years ago, author, Bill Crowder, shared some interesting things about helping ourselves, stating that when we put You first, Lord, we know that You look beyond the surface things of our lives to what...

 

Cooking in the West

I receive many submissions from readers, and I love to share them. However, in my 27 plus years of writing this column, I believe this is the funniest piece about shipping cattle any reader has ever sent me. Thanks, Tom Ogle of Paris, Illinois for...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: November snow may come real soon, there’s still work to be done. Friends and neighbors have helped a lot, bit more ‘fore change of SUN[1]! Did you get snow, or is it gone? Winter is on its way! Some rain could fall,...

 

Cooking in the West

There are many extraordinary people living in Melstone, Montana (population 126) including Sage Newman, who has a commanding lead in the 2022 PRCA Saddle bronc standings and J.R. Vezain, who has inspired millions with his mission entitled "Will To...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, IF we paid attention to things that go on around us, we might see some amazing things; just sharing a moment near the Post Office: A little girl walked fast across the parking lot, then stopped as a breeze...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Available | Call for an appointment. Protects against the original strain and the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5. *RESCHEDULED* Alzada Flu Clinic | The Alzada Flu Clinic event is...

 

Cooking in the West

Although it has been a beautiful autumn, the "Old Farmer's Almanac" is predicting that winter is going to be rather old fashioned. Our High Plains region is going to be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in late November, early December,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, it’s great to come across something so neat about rain – how it often begins with a sharp pattern, but when snow comes, it usually comes very softly. Can’t we all just see the picture: the wind...

 

Memories

While going through some old files recently, I came upon the following information. As you read it, remember the date and the amount. How many years ago? It doesn’t seem possible that the high school is that old; and what a bargain! I believe Jim A...

 

Cooking in the West

When Covid hit, we decided to stop offering working cattle ranch vacations, which means my summers have become much less hectic but also less entertaining on a daily basis. One of the best parts about entertaining guests is recounting the funny...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, watching birds is entertaining as well as educational. One morning recently we saw a plump robin fly in and carefully land on the edge of the birdbath. He, of the red breast, after looking all around,...

 

Memories

This week I would like to share more on the Ed and Mabel McCord family which I wrote about in the September 30th Eagle. Their daughter, Ruth, shared a full life history of her parents and children. I would like to follow with some memories of...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Available | Call for an appointment. The updated Moderna booster is for everyone 18 and older. The updated Pfizer booster is for everyone 12 and older. It protects against the...

 

Cooking in the West

Since early season rifle has been going on for several weeks, there are some hard working mule packers pounding down the trail every day packing duffel, trophy horns, dead elk and deer, and most importantly food for hunters and hay for livestock. It...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, for every Action, there WILL be a reaction. Various stories from several states told about beavers toppling trees onto power lines, knocking out power to a large swath of customers. Power repairmen said...

 

Memories

For some unknown reason while thinking about a memory article, the McCord family kept coming to mind. Their family lived close to our family on the south side of Ekalaka during my grade and high school years. I would like to go back many years and...

 

Cooking in the West

This is the time of year when cattle producers are busy marketing their cattle. Although technology has opened up many more options for marketing cattle such as internet live auctions, internet static auctions, drone film, etc., it is kind of tragic...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, chatting with friends can be rather interesting. ‘J. E’. shared about her dad’s horses, mentioning that they, among other animals, are herd animals. One horse they had was a jumper and another horse...

 

Cooking in the West

Since I am about to retire from my County Superintendent of Schools position at the end of December, I am constantly receiving job offers from people who are concerned that I am going to be bored at home eating bon bons and watching daytime...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, scenery is beautiful almost any time of the day or season. Just the other day, the clouds were stunningly beautiful. Chatting with several friends that day, we wait for You to call us home, Lord, so we can...

 

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