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This morning I found out that our adult Sunday school teacher wasn’t going to make it in for his class. Our regular backup was out of town, so I was the fallback teacher. I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I was excited. I enjoy taking the time...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    November 24, 2021 

Thoughts with Zoe

This time of year, when the bright colors of fall have fallen off or blown away, driving to work is rather dull, with faded goldfields, brown dirt, dry grass, and dead stems. Usually, I'm a little...

 

First Grade shares Thanksgiving thoughts

Georgia: "I'm thankful for god, my family and my sister." Belle: "I'm thankful for my land my friends and my family." Charlie: "I am for candy, friends, and my sister." Kiley: "I am thankful for...

 

Patching Cracks

I am nearly finished reading Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit.” It is one of my all time favorite novels, and I have read it enough times that I have actually lost count. One of my favorite things about the novel is that the main character, Bilbo...

 

Patching Cracks

In ancient Israel, every Jewish boy would learn the Torah in school. Specifically, they would memorize the Jewish religious writings starting at an early age until the rabbi teaching them decided they had reached their potential as students. At that... Full story

 

Playing the age card

Every day in the news, we hear of people playing the race card or the gender card. Both cards are deemed to be in the wrong. The consensus is, don’t play the race card or the gender card! Well, I’m going to tell you about a card I have discovered...

 

Patching Cracks

The last two years have seemed like the longest years I’ve experienced in my life. More than a few jokes were told about 2020 being the worst year ever between the murder hornets, Covid, lockdowns, toilet paper shortages, a crazy election, etc. By...

 

In Gradtitude

How many of you knew that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on October 11th.? Instead, we here are celebrating November 25th. Ken and I usually celebrate both days, so why not? However, this year we were too busy to get into a turkey dinner. Instead,...

 

Patching Cracks

I have been a Christian for around 30 years. The first pastor who influenced my life was Pastor Mike. He was a young guy who spent the time to explain the Bible to me and answer my questions. I believe that he is the reason I am working in the...

 

Patching Cracks

In college, I was in a production of “12 Angry Men.” A few weeks before our show date, I struggled with the lines for my mid-sized part. I just hadn’t put in the time and effort to memorize my lines. A few of the other guys began to complain...

 

Patching Cracks

Last year, while appearing on Saturday Night Live, Comedian John Mulaney told a joke that I will find funny for the rest of my life: ““It’s hard to make friends when you’re an adult. I think that’s the greatest miracle of Jesus. He has 12...

 

Letter to the Editor

The First Week in October is National 4-H week. 4-H is an organization that assists youth in developing leadership skills and community involvement. We enjoy 4-H because it gives us a good chance to get to know and serve people better in our...

 

Patching Cracks

This week, I finished reading a biography of Joseph Stalin. I learned a great deal, but the one thing that stood out to me more than anything else in the book was about during Stalin’s early days as an activist before the revolution. The author...

 

Patching Cracks

The first pastor I remember knowing was at the church I started attending as a teenager. Pastor Mike was very down to earth. He drove a beat up old car that I remember him having to push start on more than one occasion. When I was 13 or 14, I heard...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

Taking time for me I can't remember when I last took a vacation just for myself. My sister, Dena, asked me if I wanted to go to Yosemite with her for a week. I jumped at the chance because I have...

 

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...

 

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