Category: Columns

Woods, Waters and Wildlife

by Josh Jefferson New hunting and fishing licenses go on sale August 15! What’s so great about that? Well, if new licenses are soon on sale, hunting seasons can’t be far behind. And hunting seasons signal a change in the weather — in this case, a change for the better. Raise your hand if you’re as sick of this oven-like, breath-sucking heat as I am. Sometime around mid-September each year, the first cool spell arrives. Occasionally, it comes a little earlier. Let’s hope this year is one of those occasions. The first seasons to open are the north and central zone dove seasons on September 1. South zone dove hunters must wait until September 22 to start shooting, unless they are hunting white-winged doves. Whitewing hunters throughout the entire south zone may hunt September 2, 3, 9 and 10, but only from noon until sunset. During the regular seasons, shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset in all three zones. It looks like another banner year for dove hunters. Good hatches of mourning doves and whitewings have been noted. Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD’s dove leader, says, “Even a bad year for doves in Texas beats a good year elsewhere!” The dove bag limit is 15 per day in the aggregate (total for all species combined), to include no more than two white-tipped doves. During the special south...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

by Jan Fielden Sunday evening was so pleasant at the Ranch. The weather was perfect. We were sitting in our rocking chairs on the porch, drinking tea, and there were no mosquitoes or any other kind of bugs to bother us. We talked about all sorts of things and then just sat quietly for a while. Suddenly, The Colonel asked, “in your opinion what was the greatest all time gun fight in a Western movie”? And the questions kept coming after that; who was the greatest Western actor (in your opinion). His was John Wayne of course and mine was Sam Elliott, of course, of course!! Then we went on to the best all time Western woman actress, the single best scene in a Western (we watch a lot of Westerns). Next came the best all time gangster movie. Moving along to the best all time comedy movie, then the best aviation movie. Along with naming the movies, we named the actors and actresses in some of them. We got so involved with naming the movies and then talking about them that we told the best scenes, etc. As we were doing our movie trivia there appeared lightning bugs flying all around. It was so good to see them as we have heard there aren’t many anymore. We feel blessed to have them. It was a different kind of...

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Home Country

by Slim Randles “I took Duckworth to the dog show up in the city last weekend,” Dud said. The other members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s world dilemma think tank and philosophy counter just looked at him. Doc put it gently. “Dud, was this so he could get some inspiration on looking good?” Duckworth was a medium-sized dog that found Dud while Dud was walking and thinking about the novel he’s writing. No one answered the ad he put in the Valley Weekly Miracle, so he was named Duckworth, for some reason Dud seemed to want to keep to himself. To be honest, Duckworth looked like he fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. “No, I was going to enter him in the dog show,” Dud said. “Took him right up to the registration table and tried to get him in a class. The lady there looked at ol’ Duck and asked to see his papers.” Dud grinned. “I told her they were back home on the floor of the laundry room. She didn’t think it was funny.” Now Duckworth had been introduced to the other dogs in the group at the sale barn, as is the custom, and Dud’s pals had been hesitant to ask much about him. Duckworth looked like something put together by a committee with a sense...

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Hope to Health: Flaxseeds are Super Beneficial

by Tiffany Anderson Throughout the next few weeks as I go into the benefits of different herbs, you have to remember that everything is first an herb. When you think of flax seed, you do not associate it as being an herb because we use the seed more than the plant itself. Well, that seed comes from somewhere. Flax comes from the linseed plant and it is derived from Asia and Africa and is now growing wild in most parts of the world. The fibers of the stem were used to make linen for Egyptians, holy garments for Aaron in the bible, and it was used to make the curtain in the tabernacle. The seeds are full of sodium, potassium, chlorides, sulfates, calcium, and magnesium the seeds are used to create a concoction that will help with chest problems, UTI, coughs, asthma, and even cramps. The oil is used as a laxative and also relieves coughs and asthma. The oil is also super beneficial for pushing gallstones out of your system. We use the seeds in smoothies, cereals, and even salads. They are beneficial for being high in fiber, rich in omega-3s, and a good fat. It is good for an antioxidant as well as reduce risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It also aids in maintaining blood sugar levels, healthy skin, and bones. It boosts the immune system,...

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Hope for Today: When We Love Our Stuff Too Much

by Clint Decker Have you ever heard The Parable of the Rich Fool? It is an ancient story Jesus once told. Crowds would often follow Him and people would ask questions. A young man once asked Jesus to get involved in a personal matter and make his brother divide the family inheritance with him. In response, Jesus made a profound statement, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Jesus laid his finger on the real issue with the young man. He loved the “stuff” of life too much. Jesus illustrated his point with a story. He told about a wealthy farmer that had another tremendous harvest. As a result the farmer said to himself, “What am I going to do? What I have isn’t enough storage for my grain.” Then he decided, “I’ll tear down my existing barns and build larger ones, then I’ll be able to store all my grain and many other things. And after that, because the harvest was so great, I’ll have enough saved up for many years to relax, enjoy myself and have no worries.” But, in the midst of his reasoning, God spoke to him saying, “Fool! Tonight is your end and all that you’ve laid up in these barns, whose will they be?” The story...

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