Category: Columns

Woods, Waters, & Wildlife – A Federal Case

by John Jefferson They travel over 2,500 air miles to Texas, so we can see them. The least we can do is drive to Rockport to do it. I’m talking about the largest “snowbird” that comes to Texas for the winter. Whooping cranes are one of the largest birds in North America, slightly smaller than the California condor — but much prettier. And they’re arriving daily. They’re also the poster-bird for conservation. Down to only ­­21 birds in 1941, they were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1967. They’ve since enjoyed life and a major recovery, now numbering...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch – Nov 15th

by Jan Fielden It seems that we are always raising little calves for one reason or another!  The latest one is named “Thunder”.  He was born on November 3 and his Momma had mastitis.  We milked the Momma and added some powder milk to it so that he would get some of the “first milk” and the immunity it provides. He has something wrong with his front legs that a lot of calves are born with but grow out of.  His knees look all puffed up but our vet said that should go away within 6 weeks or so. Little Thunder is a beautifully marked Simmental from Stoneshire, one of our Herd Bulls.  He already knows his name!  When we call it, he looks up and if he is lying down he usually stands up! He nurses some but likes taking a bottle too.  We have decided to continue giving him a bottle until he is nursing more often before we turn him and his Momma out to pasture.  Hopefully by that time his knees will be better. Some of his “cousins” have started coming by to visit with him.  They will lie around the outside of the corral pen where Thunder is and look in at him, eventually lying down and taking a nap when he does.  Thunder has learned, just today, to come to the corral gate...

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Home Country

by Slim Randles   Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host. Very few Thanksgiving dinners achieve legendary status, but “Steve’s Thanksgiving” was certainly one of them. Some said it happened because he’s lived alone and cooked meals for himself for so many years. Some say he has worked alone for so long that he isn’t of a coordinating mind. The answer could be buried in the middle there somewhere. Steve himself isn’t certain. It all happened early in Fall a couple of years ago when Steve completed his cabin up in the mountains here. He’d even finished the turret. In about September of that year, he’d started cleaning the place up on his infrequent visits, because he just knew somewhere inside that he’d created a modest monument there and wanted to share it with his friends. Naturally. So, back at the ranch bunkhouse down in the valley, he’d studied up on how to roast a turkey: what to put on it, how to thaw it, how to tell when it’s done, all that stuff. Then he invited his friends for Thanksgiving dinner, up at the cabin. He told...

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Movie Review: Daddy’s Home 2

by Bob Garver   “Daddy’s Home” was one of the worst movies of 2015. I took two hours out of my Christmas Day to cringe through an obnoxious feud between a doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) and an underactive biological father (Mark Wahlberg) over the love of their shared kids. Because that movie had a cushy holiday opening, it made enough money to warrant a sequel. “Daddy’s Home 2” is somehow even worse, making me appreciate the few things the original did right that this one lacks. As it stands, this movie is a Madea Halloween away from being the...

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It Seems to Me: Love, the Greatest Commandment

by Pastor Steve Ellison   When a lawyer asked Jesus, what is the greatest commandment, He replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NASU)  We are commanded to love our Creator and those created in His image.  In the Old Testament, God gave us quite a while to get to know Him before He told us that He loved us and before He commanded us to love Him.  God revealed Himself in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers before He brought up the fact that He loved us, and that He wanted us to love Him. In the first four books, God revealed Himself as Creator, Provider, Redeemer, etc. and now in Deuteronomy as the One Who Loves.  Deuteronomy 4:37 lets us know that He had always loved us but now He is going to let us know, “Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them.” (NASU) Deuteronomy 7:7-9 describes the nature of God’s love toward us very plainly, “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any...

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