The Great (Bookstore) Controversy

Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch Sabbath and Sunday, November 30 – December 1, 2019 One of the few bookstores left standing in this frantic online-focused decade is the stalwart chain of Barnes and Noble, whose local establishments Shelley and I...

Like Fingernails on a Blackboard

Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch Friday, November 29, 2019 It’s increasingly possible that, to younger readers who may have happened upon today’s photo parable, that the word “blackboard” has scarcely any meaning. Blackboards are what schoolrooms had...

Hard To Be Thankful

Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Russell Jurgensen Thursday, November 28, 2019 My wife loaned me a few ingredients from the kitchen that will soon become part of a Thanksgiving meal. I was thinking about what non-food ingredients were needed to be really thankful. The...

Big or Small, Be Thankful For Them All

Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Darren Milam Wednesday, November 27, 2019 This is the time of the year we gather with friends and family and think of all the things we are thankful for. Of course we don’t have to wait for a specific day on the calendar to remind...

Palm Tanager

When most of us hear the word “tanager” mentioned, if we have any familiarity with the term at all, a picture of a brightly-colored bird likely comes to mind. For those of us living in the United States this is most probably based upon contact with a...