She died of a broken heart

She died of a broken heart

One of my favorite Christmas memories was one I shared with our son, Greg, several years before he was married.A week before Christmas I left our home...

December 26th, 2018 |  


Remembering pets during this time

Remembering pets during this time

Kids dressed in fur — is what I, and many other animal lovers call our much-loved pets. They jump for joy to greet us when we enter the door. Th...

December 25th, 2018 |  


Christmas magic comes in many forms

Christmas magic comes in many forms

The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms.I remember the shiny gloss of a purple-and-white J.C. Higgins bicycle at age 8. The next year wa...

December 21st, 2018 |  



Rural America has waited too long for farm bill

The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the la...

December 21st, 2018 |  


Protecting small businesses from shady lenders

Protecting small businesses from shady lenders

We hear a lot about the importance of protecting consumers from shady lenders, but many people may not realize small businesses often fall victim to t...

December 19th, 2018 |  


Baby, it really was cold outside

Baby, it really was cold outside

The current controversy over the 1944 Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” reminds me of a time many years ago when a snowsto...

December 18th, 2018 |  


Why we need Christmas

Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 to 50 percent of their yearly sales.The travel industry from airlines to ga...

December 18th, 2018 |  


Conservation Stewardship Program deadline fast approaching

An important deadline is coming up quickly for certain contract holders with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers who star...

December 17th, 2018 |  


Pine cones are holiday magic

Pine cones are holiday magic

Pine Cones are a familiar holiday decoration, but how much do you really know about them? While many types of trees have cones, you’ve probably ...

December 17th, 2018 |  


A strong community is a humble community

A strong community is a humble community

Where skepticism comes to play we must replace with humility. This is a great form of Strength. I notice this skepticism in my own inner dialogue. Thi...

December 13th, 2018 |