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Patching Cracks

I am currently reading a book on speed reading. I have tried to learn speed reading in the past, but have struggled with the discipline and practice elements of the process. An interesting element of the process set for in the book I’m currently...

 

Sintaluta Continued from last week

When I return to Saskatchewan, I enjoy the peace and privacy of my backyard. Most houses in Sintaluta have large backyards with beautiful gardens. Mine is huge, with bushes and large trees surrounding it and a willow plop right in the middle. In nice...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I feel it is best that I confess to all your readers out there, especially coaches, parents of Big Sandy athletes and the athletes themselves that I am not and never have been a professional sportswriter. I grew up in an era when they...

 

Patch Cracks

As a child, I lived near the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico at different ages. One of my favorite things to do at the beach was building sandcastles. On many occasions, I remember hurrying to finish our sand fortresses in the afternoon as the...

 

Sintaluta

Have you ever gone into a town and felt at home right away, even before you met a soul? More than that, have you felt captured and fascinated? It has happened to me twice, the second time I entered Sintaluta, Saskatchewan, for the first time. I had...

 

Patching Cracks

A few months ago, during our church’s family camp event at Beaver Creek State Park, I had the opportunity to spend a large amount of time studying and reading in preparation for my sermon. Because we were in the mountains, I had no access to...

 

Patching Cracks

While researching the history of the home my family bought this summer, I came across a series of articles by Pastor John Bruington. Pastor John worked in Havre and wrote for our local paper for several years. One article in particular jumped out at...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Big Sandy, I am encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. In reflecting on the past, it has been over 35 years since I came to Big Sandy and was given a chance as a young man to lead the saving and rebuilding of the Medical complex. But the credit...

 

Patching Cracks

“We have become a nation of thoughtless rushers, intent on doing before thinking, and hoping what we do magically works out. If it doesn’t, we rush to do something else, something also not well thought-out, and then hope for more magic.” Len...

 

Patching Cracks

When I wake up in the morning, there is a sliver of time between when I get out of bed and when my children get up and running. In that time, the house is quiet. The kids aren’t talking, arguing, running around, asking questions, singing songs, or...

 

Patching Cracks

In his fictional book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote a collection of letters from a senior demon to a novice tempter. The book explores the various ways people are led astray, tempted, tricked, and manipulated from their faith in God. The o...

 

Letter to the Editor

Throughout my life I have always been able to express my gratitude to others and have never really felt the true meaning of “words cannot express my thankfulness” until recently. Since our accident, I am finding it difficult to find the right...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Patching Cracks

During the pandemic lockdowns, I spent part of the summer teaching through the book of Daniel on Zoom. This summer, I am preaching through the book on Sunday mornings because it seems like it speaks directly to some of the fears and anxieties we are...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Patching Cracks

Last Sunday Evening, I was writing my weekly newspaper column, when I started getting notifications about some bad weather coming our way. My wife sent me out to get the laundry off the line before it hit, but otherwise I thought about the scary look...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

I needed a break. A break from dry brown land. A break for high heat. A break from discouragement and depression. I went and visited my sister, Dena, in Billings. I knew she would have a lush green... Full story

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Patching Cracks

In a few weeks, my family will be moving. We have been living in the parsonage that belongs to the Church of God for over 9 years. We are trying our best to get ready to buy a house here in town. Time and again, I have explained to folks who have...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

A couple of weeks ago, I received a message asking me to be a true journalist. It contained a comment about a politician I should be pointing out is not a good representative of the state of Montana. In other words, I would only be a good journalist...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Patching Cracks

17 yeas ago, I started my job at the Children’s Home. For 8 years, I worked with abuse victims, sex offenders, drug addicts, violent clients, and almost any other issue you can think of. I learned more in that job than I have in any other work I...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Patching Cracks

The Biblical book of Daniel opens with a pretty dire set of circumstances. Jerusalem is under siege. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar have conquered every other nation in the area, now they are about to sack the capital of Judah. God’s people are...

 

Father's Day Tributes by the 4th Grade Class

“My dad is special because he multi-tasks. He is a pastor, a sub, and a news article writer. He also picks me up and drops me off. He is very good at these things and he still has time to help us when we need it and he also has time for our dog...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Patching Cracks

“I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things that we do as a nation. Our hope is in the...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Patching Cracks

When I was a kid, my friends and I used to play baseball in the backyard. Along with baseball came tons of talk about how different baseball players swung the bat, made catches, slid into bases, or whatever. Then we would practice to play like them....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Patching Cracks

It is easy to look at other folks and get the sense that they have it all together. I talk to folks often who tell me about how they wish they were more like other people around them. I once talked to two different moms in a week who pointed at each...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Patching Cracks

There is a thinking error that we see in our world often: “The Fallacy of Change.” It refers to the idea that you can change other people through your efforts. It’s hard to see this as a thinking error, because we don’t like the idea that we... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

I like reading autobiographies because I enjoy getting to know people. I find them inspirational. I have never read a movie star's autobiography, and to be honest, I don't care, but I was impressed...

 

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