• Some intriguing numbers by Gregg Heid

    I’ve always been a numbers guy. I guess that’s why I taught mathematics for 25 years. Here are some numbers that intrigue me. The average human heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through its chambers every day. You take around 12,000-14,000 breaths a day and don’t have to think about a single one of them. Your brain doesn’t stop working either. It is estimated that 50,000 thoughts pass through it daily: That’s a roughly 40 thoughts per minute, 50 if you are drinking wine. You blink about 29,000 …

  • A walking casualty of war by Jan Davis

    Carl didn’t want to enlist, but surrendered his freedom to choose when Uncle Sam called out his number in the lottery of 1969. With the turn of a drum, he became a soldier in the U.S. Army. He left behind a young wife and 9-month-old daughter and boarded a cargo plane for Vietnam. Carl celebrated his 21st birthday in the jungles of Vietnam. Christmas soon followed. A helicopter dropped the military’s idea of a feast, as he observed the holiday with comrades. Christmas cards from home hung preca…

  • A gift that is mine forever by Dan Englund

    Dennis and I looked across this massive ranch as he pointed out something he wanted me to see and recognize. Something that made this spot where we stood so special. Beyond this huge valley on a mountainside at least 20 miles away, you don’t need binoculars to see it. An anomaly that stands in the forest, made of snow chutes and tree stands. Something that you can see from only this spot. An enormous geometrical figure made of snow — a shield with an S snaking through it, an identical copy of Su…

  • Two different perspectives by Jan Davis

    “If you are the Christ, then rescue us all,” the thief ranted as he hung suspended high above the ground next to Jesus. Jesus remained silent. “Shut up! Have you lost your mind?” The other criminal railed back to the loudmouth. Then he turned to Jesus and in humility pleaded, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Two thieves sentenced to death with different perspectives. One prideful the other humbled in the presence of Christ. To the second, Jesus encapsulated true forgiveness. …

  • Mom and Dad and '1984' by Hank Slikker

    Orwell’s book “1984” has become a best seller again. Reading it this past week called my attention to parallels between my parents and the main character, Winston. For me, the two most famous people in my life are my mother and father. And, similar to Willie Nelson’s catchy lyrics, they “are always on my mind.” I try to honor them always and thank God that he gave me to them. One of my favorite memories in life is of our family in 1960, sitting around the dining table — all 10 of us chatting bac…