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Wed
11
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Gumbo Latitudes

My friend, Robbo Davidson, and I were talking the other day about foods that we liked as kids but feel guilty about eating now. He and his wife, Linda, are famous for their annual “Fried Baloney Cookout” each year so we both agreed on plain ole baloney sandwiches. But other favorites were thrown out such as Vienna Sausages, Potted Meat, & Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti. I volunteered that on a cold wet winter night I still like a steaming bowl of Campbell’s Bean and Bacon Soup. Robbo smiled and said he still likes their Chicken Gumbo, which is more like spicy chicken and rice soup than gumbo. I’m sure you have some ole favorites, too and if I can get enough of you to respond I may can devote a whole column to these guilty pleasures.

Wed
11
Aug

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife

Embracing the Handmade Life

Creating handmade items is more than just working with your hands. It is also a cerebral exercise. If I see something I like, I study the item to see how it is made, and then determine if I can make it myself. The Country Boy and I do the same thing with food. If we taste it and like it, we study it to see if it can be recreated in our own kitchen.

There are so many reasons why you should embrace the handmade life, but to narrow it down, here are three of the main ones.

One of a Kind - The way YOU make something is going to be completely different than the way someone else does. And if you are comparing your handmade items to store-bought – don’t. Items from the stores are now mass manufactured, and it seems as if the materials used are cheaply made.

 

 

 

Wed
11
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

This writer never tires of the early history of Mansfield. As new bits of information are uncovered and additional information comes to mind from speaking with older citizens the urge is to record for future generations to enjoy. The following article is primarily information from Mrs. F. A. Leaming from Philadelphia and Mrs. Eliee Earl Sheppard from Mississippi. These two ladies were very intelligent but were from very different backgrounds and cultures. Both came here as staff members for the Mansfield Female College.

Wed
04
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Most DeSoto Parish residents should they ever hear of Wallace Lake would not consider it an important part of our history. Wallace is a portion of DeSoto Parish’s northern boundary with Caddo Parish. In the early part of the 1800’s the Red River was blocked by a massive log jam flooding a large part of northwest Louisiana resulting in Bayou Pierre becoming the route for water transportation for the settlement of Natchitoches to points north.

Wed
04
Aug

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Growing up, I was taught that people could simply say “the sinner’s prayer” inviting Christ into their heart, and then afterward they were essentially able to live their lives any way they wanted because they were now “once saved, always saved.”

As I matured as a Christian, I realized through Scripture that this is not true and is a dangerous doctrine being taught by many churches.

Below, I’m sharing a portion of a short, sobering talk I heard recently called “Why You Probably ARE NOT a Christian”:

“If you think that being part of a denomination makes you a Christian, then you are probably not a Christian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
04
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

Chainsaw Emasculator

I have a complicated relationship with my new Sthil chainsaw. I bought it right towards the end of winter at the first of this year. I still had a lot of downfall to cut up and burn and two medium sized trees in my yard that didn’t make it through the freezing weather. That’s when my old Poulan chainsaw decided to give up the ghost. She had been a good companion and although requiring constant chain adjustment when in use and being a little oily cut pretty darn good and usually started right off. She’d now completely frozen up.

Wed
28
Jul

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

A well-meaning Christian friend once gave me a copy of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily devotional that has sold more than 30 million copies.

I tried to read it, but very soon into my reading I became uncomfortable.

I just could not get past how Sarah Young speaks as if she herself is Jesus.

I’m not saying God does not or cannot speak to people or through people, but Young specifically puts words in God’s mouth.

 

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Wed
28
Jul

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

My favorite Bricklayer was Blake McCullough, a longtime friend and neighbor back in the day. While I was “toiling away” down at LSU Blake was living it up with a crew of young men like us learning how to be bricklayers … AND having a hell of a good time, too!

He did end up a bricklayer with his own equipment and was a pretty skillful craftsman. One summer back in the 80’s, to make a little money, I volunteered to help him do some brick mantles and brick mailboxes. Of course, the bricklayer’s helper (me) did all the wheelbarrow work – whew. He once let me start a mailbox column which I thought looked pretty good but he tore it down because the mortar joints were uneven … same with the hearth I tried to start. I soon realized that laying brick was a craft, a talent so I didn’t ask to try again. AND I quickly moved on to another “easier” part-time job – reroofing houses. Dang it!

 

Wed
21
Jul

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

I sometimes listen to the late Bible teacher, David Pawson.

Recently in a YouTube talk, I heard Bro. Pawson say that someone had once asked him if their baby who had passed away would be in Heaven.

In his gentle British accent, Bro. Pawson replied that, while there are no specific Bible verses stating directly that babies will be in Heaven, he believed that God’s character provides evidence that they will be.

I started thinking, what are some specific attributes of God’s character that we can lean on when we don’t know the exact answers to some of our questions.

I can’t list them all in the space of a column, but here are some of God’s character qualities that we can be sure of, as revealed in the Word of God:

 

 

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Wed
21
Jul

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mansfield reached its pinnacle of high society at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The editor of the DeSoto Democrat Newspaper on April 26, 1895 made the statement that Mansfield should have a first class opera house. This statement evidently put the proverbial “Bee” under Mansfield’s “Bonnet” for with two years the Belle Taylor Opera House formally opened.

Miss Belle Taylor contracted B.F. Jenkins to build a two story “Business House” on her lot where the post office stood in September 1896 at the southwest corner of Polk and Jefferson Streets. The new two story building would house the post office and a store on the lower floor and the public hall or opera house on the second floor. The proposed 75 foot by 30 foot structure would be of red brick. By mid-December 1896 Johnson Brothers had moved into the lower floor and finished final touches for the post office and upper floor opera house.

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