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Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, reading Proverbs 17:22: “A merry heart doeth good like medicine,” was a reminder of long ago when several of us gathered over at C.B.’s house. [Just for fun, initials were used instead of names.]....

 

Cooking in the West

Each month, the “Western Ag Reporter” is going to highlight a front page "feel good story" to remind readers that although times are tough in agriculture, there is a sunny side. I think the only reason farmers and ranchers remain in agriculture...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a couple weeks ago we heard about two acquaintances who had earlier this year, slipped and fallen, injuring their shoulder and back. Thankfully, their church families frequently contacted those two gals, as...

 

Cooking in the West

After a few hours in office, Joe Biden has signed executive orders that have angered Canada, diabetics, users of epipens, oil and gas workers, Keystone Pipeline workers, union laborers working on the border wall, Border Patrol, ranchers on our...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes one runs across an article that reminds us of days gone by, how You ‘surround’ us with Your unfailing love. Sharing the article and Bible verse with a friend, Del, to her that also brought bac...

 

Cooking in the West

With our economy reeling from shutdowns, it is suddenly fashionable and necessary to be frugal. I grew up frugal, because my parents were 40 years old when they got around to having me, so they were children during the Great Depression. We rinsed...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, some names that new babes are given makes one wonder, how on earth did the parents come up with that name. Did they ever even think to check the meaning of the name? It’s been said that even if unknown,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, as a child, I can imagine that any one of us just loved it when our Mom would read to us. We would sit on Mama’s lap and listen to every word. As she read, we would examine the details of every picture...

 

Cooking in the West

As 2021 rolls in, we look back on 2020 with horrified hindsight and look forward with hopefulness to a good 2021. As I sit here reflecting on the pandemic of 2020, my mind wandered back to Y2K. Remember Y2K? We thought the computers would not recogni...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: “God of the years that lie behind us, Lord of the years that stretch before, Weaver of all the ties that bind us, Keeper and King of the open door: Grant us hope and courage glowing Whiter and pure as the stars above:...

 
 By Erwin Curry    Voices    January 8, 2021

Dependable Boxelder

Editor’s note: The following poem was written and submitted by Erwin Curry, former Carter County resident....

 

Cooking in the West

Technically, I am retired. Granted, I have a couple part-time jobs that occupy my leisure time, but every year I find myself in the same predicament as I look down the barrel of the Christmas gun. Every year, it is as though Christmas sneaks up on...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, the old is everlastingly new as we anticipate the celebration of Christmas. Though that special event, Your gift of Your only begotten Son from heaven, happened about 2000 years ago, it is unendingly a pris...

 

Cooking in the West

The countdown to Christmas is on, and I am even more panicked than usual because of added Covid holiday stress. This year, like every other year, I had grandiose plans of creating a Christmas that would make Martha Stewart drool. The reality is that...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: A long time ago when we were kids ‘training’ for Christmas shows, we almost didn’t have ‘nuf kids’ to make the ‘show’ a go! The Church was small, ‘bout ‘leven kids, they all wanted a part. Teacher, Ms....

 

Cooking in the West

Even Dr. Fauci declared on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, “We say it, not being facetiously or having a soundbite or anything, but you know: close the bars, keep the schools open." To ABC's Martha Raddatz, Fauci stated, "Obviously, you don't have...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes Holidays can be difficult. A friend’s reminder about SO many more obits in the paper due to Covid-19, as we are now entering the holiday season, surely means a lot more folks are having a...

 

Cooking in the West

I was born into my parents' outfitting business, and I have spent many years as a hunting camp cook, so I have always revered hunting guides. I love to listen to hunters' tales of how their guide nearly killed them off dragging them to the top of eve...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: It’s amazing, Lord, when one finds an interesting article to share! The following is by Ruth C. Ikerman, entitled: Do what You Don’t Have To DO. “A friend who thoroughly enjoys each new Christmas season once told me...

 

Cooking in the West

The official Christmas shopping season kicks off after the turkey leftovers are put in the refrigerator. We won't be having any Black Friday frenzies this year thanks to Covid. Instead I want to encourage everyone to support small businesses in their...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes we just need to say “Thank You, Lord” for being so good to us, for always being so loving and kind. It’s a necessity to speak out and tell others that we are redeemed, that we are saved...

 

Cooking in the West

by Susan Metcalf One of the nicest compliments I receive is when readers tell me that they have hung my column on their refrigerator or mailed it to someone (often anonymously) to try to make a point humorously and semi-tactfully. Since we are going...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, sometimes when we’re hungry, memory kicks in and a scent seems to drift by us, makes us ‘think’ of our Mommy baking bread. Yum! Our Mom was the best baker in our neighborhood – just ask any of the n...

 

Cooking in the West

Parent teacher conferences are traditionally held at this time of year, but this Covid year many of those conferences will be postponed or held via telephone, Zoom, or Google Meets. The parents of the high achieving kids always show up eager to...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, good deeds DO happen. Monday at the Post Office, an older chap was limping with a cane headed to the door, a young guy came in, held the door for the older man, asked him if he needed any help. The older...

 

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