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Changing Times and Conditions

By Joe Rector Nature enjoy a good laugh. If you don’t believe it, look at a platypus: half beaver and half duck. It’s also true that “man plans and God…

Honeysuckle Nectar

By Joe Rector The week brought warm weather; in fact, it was downright hot. Mother’s Day weekend found my family in the pool and cooling our heels and enjoying each…

When the lights go out

By Joe Rector The lightning streaked across the sky, thunder roared, and in an instant, the power went out. It flickered a couple of times in feeble attempts to come…

Mother Bird

By Joe Rector In the crook of the gutter at the corner of our deck, a robin worked diligently until she built her nest. Its position kept if out of…

Senior Button

By Joe Rector I stopped for a talk with my neighbor’s son, Tony Nelson, the other day. He’s only a few years younger than I am, and he and his…

Trains

By Joe Rector Unlike many people, I’ve never moved far from the place where I grew up. Mother gave us a parcel of land behind her house on which to…

Punishment II

By Joe Rector Most folks work for a living. It’s time-consuming and demanding each and every day of the work week. Some people also must put in overtime to complete…

Punishment I

By Joe Rector I witnessed my daughter’s disciplining of my grandson the other day, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Oh, I took plenty of corrective measures as far as…

The trees in our lives

By Joe Rector A trip to middle Tennessee showed just how much damage the recent snow and ice storms have caused. The roadsides along Interstate 40 were littered with limbs…

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