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  • Life is short, like a vapor that vanishes after a little while

    By Roger AlfordA old man stomped angrily into a jewelry shop and waved his wristwatch in the face of the owner.
    “You said this watch would last me a lifetime,” he yelled.
    “Yes, I did,” the owner acknowledged. “But you looked pretty sickly the day you bought it.”
    Taking a guess at how long someone might live is risky business. Read the obituary page of any newspaper and you find that people of every age are leaving this side of eternity every day. Some are young. Some are middle-aged. Some are elderly.

  • An ode to Wisconsin lava flows and legless dogs

    The other day I found an old, yellowed and brittle newspaper cartoon that I had cut out and saved.
    Dated from 1987, it’s a drawing of a woman sitting in a wing-back chair holding her knees with her feet tucked underneath her.
    The caption reads: “This year’s Irrational Fears Grand Champion worries, from her home in Madison, Wisconsin, about being caught up in a deadly lava flow.”

  • Church News | September 6, 2017

    Beech Grove Baptist

  • Christian faith reassures me that I’m forgivable

    “I think I go back over my life — I don’t recommend this by the way — and you pick up, oh, what’d you do that for? Why didn’t you understand this — not just with children, as a parent, but with other people, with friends. So it’s a long period of — it’s not profound regret. It’s just a wiping-up of tiny, little messes that you didn’t recognize as a mess when they were going on.” – Toni Morrison, Interview, April 20, 2015, Fresh Air, NPR

  • Owen Co. doctors prevailed during 20th century

    “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm.”
    The above quote was taken from the Hippocratic Oath which was a solemn promise historically taken by physicians. It was first used in Greece and was one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. Originally the oath required a new physician to swear to uphold specific ethical standards.

  • Looking Back | August 30, 2017

    5 years ago
    Aug. 29, 2012

    Dedicated to the Fine Print

    Walking into the offices of Larkspur Press in Monterey, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sense of history.
    Although modern and clean, the workshop used by Gray Zeitz, his wife Jean, and Leslie Shane, reflects a slower time of publishing when each page was hand fed into a press and each book was a work of art within itself.

  • Former Monterey native stars in film

    I am getting a late start this morning. I turned on the TV in the kitchen to see how the storm in Texas was doing and couldn’t tear myself away. It’s like a bad tooth. You know it’s going to hurt, but you keep putting your tongue in it anyway. We are dry as a bone, and the grass is brown. We haven’t had rain in a while and Texas and parts of the Gulf Coast are inundated. The news man said they could get up to 50 inches before this is over. My mind just can’t fathom it, and the rain is not supposed to stop before Wednesday.

  • Golden rod not the allergen you think

    By Jeneen Wiche

  • Livestock Market Report | August 30, 2017

    Aug. 23, 2017

    Cattle Receipts: 199
    Aug. 16: 354
    Last Year: 401

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold $2-$3 lower with some steady, slaughter cows $5-$6 lower, no test on bulls with a light test on all classes.

    Feeders: 174
    Slaughter: 24
    Replacements: 1

  • Persnickety people may need a good dose of worm medicine

    By: Roger Alford