Where Golf Scores Are Settled

Some offbeat (my beat is not generally the golf beat) observations for an offbeat Monday. Just this morning I ran across a quotation I saved from a sports article posted way back in 2004. Not sure why I saved it, except as a specimen of golfing wisdom to use on myself, but whatever the case, the item makes a...

Stanley W. Paher: A Q-and-A

Author, publisher, and editor Stanley W. Paher (seen at left in above photo, alongside Edward Fudge), of Reno, Nev., is best known as the owner and operator of Nevada Publications, an important Southwestern publisher of literature on Western Americana, and especially on Nevada history, including accounts of...

Nancy Pearcey: A Q&A

The author of Total Truth and Saving Leonardo shares her thoughts on the New Yorker’s controversial and disparaging profile of Michele Bachmann, a profile that (some say) tried to marginalize Pearcey and her one-time teacher/mentor Francis Schaeffer. This interview was conducted Aug. 16, in the week...

The New Yorker Takes Aim on Michele Bachmann, Nancy Pearcey, and Francis Schaeffer—and Misses

If Newsweek thought they had set the bar impossibly high for outré mockery of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, they can think again. The once-redoubtable New Yorker, formerly a paragon of impartiality and objectivity, trumped Newsweek with its own patently partisan takedown of the suddenly prominent...

Nancy Pearcey: A Profile

Gifted, resourceful, and unwaveringly focused, Nancy Pearcey embodies the spirit of a generation of Christian thinkers that has more than held its own in a secularist and even “agnostic” age. Called “the modern-day successor to Francis Schaeffer,” she has quietly risen in stature through three...

Quips and Quotes

First my own sayings. Then some favorite lines from some of the greats. I know better than to FOLLOW those acts! (That's ACTS, not CATS. An easy typo to make. I'd follow those cats, I guess, but not as acts, because you don't want to have to follow a better... oh, fuhget it... Here we go... ) Comfort Zone:...

Souvenirs of a Cowboy Journalist

  Just Sayin's... ~ What I'm calling "souvenirs" are just some original sayings I concocted over the years. This is what you get when you spend that much time around cowboys and country people. ~ Does the Lord love a cowboy? Well, we know this much: when His Son was born, herdsmen were the first folks...

Under the Spade Brand

By Jesse Mullins, editor and publisher, Something Solid [Editor’s Note: As my May cover story on the Spade Ranch for Texas Co-op Power Magazine hits their readers (1.2 million strong), I am posting some Spade Ranch coverage of my own. Further below I will share a link to take you to the TCP article. What...

Political Correctness: Its Cause and Its Cure

“It [sin] was a word once in everyone’s mind, but now rarely if ever heard.… Is no one any longer guilty of anything? Guilty perhaps of a sin that could be repented and repaired or atoned for?... Where, indeed, did sin go? What became of it?” —Dr. Karl Menninger, Whatever Became of Sin? “The...

John R. Erickson: Story Crafter

“What we choose to see, hear, and read matters greatly. People need good stories just as they need home-cooked meals, clean water, spiritual peace, and love. A good story is part of that process. It affirms divine order in the universe and justice in human affairs—and it makes people better than they...

Only in Texas: Chicken-fried Bacon

It’s called “chicken-fried bacon.” As someone once described it, “They've taken fat, they've double-coated it in fat, they've fried it in more fat, and then they've served it with a side order of fat.” And, so, when I found this dish on the menu at a restaurant (Catfish Corner) here in my hometown...

Nature’s Amazing Ways: Toad vs. Tarantula

Not many people know this about me, but I am such a nature lover - and always have been - that I pursued and obtained a degree in Wildlife Ecology for my Bachelor's. I was blessed to be raised on a country place (60 acres) that had about every ecosystem one could expect to encounter in southern Oklahoma...

One Nation Under God

ONE NATION UNDER GOD:  What does it mean? You hear it all around you—a persistent murmur of dissatisfaction with the way modern America compares with the America of one, two, or three generations ago. It’s an ever-more-insistent chorus, affirming an ever-more-unfavorable comparison with an America that...

Social Justice? Or Something Higher?

What follows is an observation on the scorn directed—undeservedly, I quickly add—at artist Jon McNaughton from numerous individuals for the patriotic and Christian stand he struck in his artwork One Nation Under God… Shortly after I posted my article on McNaughton on this site, a reader pointed me to...

Keeper of the Flame

What does it take to paint a patriotic/Christian image that, when displayed and discussed in a YouTube.com video, draws 3 million hits and 2,500 comments? Well, it takes faith, apparently. If any additional evidence were necessary to establish the reality that the political winds in America have shifted...

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