The Sunday Message

Random thoughts about October…

Here we are – starting October. Fall is in the air. There’s football and playoff baseball. People are getting ready for hunting season. There are beautiful leaves on trees. Farmers are harvesting their crops. People are cutting wood for the winter.

It’s a good time of year.

October is kind of a mellow month. October is the calm before the storm. It’s a break before the hustle and bustle of November and December take over our lives.

I remember as a kid getting prepared for hunting season. Whether it was building a duck blind or scouting out places to hunt deer, the first part of October was the time to get ready.

I think our lives mirror the seasons – when we are born and to about age twenty we’re in the season of spring. The twenties and thirties and maybe early forties are summer. The fifties and sixties are fall. Age seventy and above are the winter time of our lives.

You can’t miss the smell of pumpkin spice lattes coming from the coffee shops. We’ll have the “big sales” on the Halloween candy. I don’t think there’s ever been a bag of Halloween candy last from the first of October until Halloween night at my house if I know it’s around!

One negative thing about October is the shorter days.

I hope that Mother Nature lets us enjoy October (and autumn) a little before the wrath of winter hits us hard. I’m not ready to scoop snow again.

Have a great October – make sure you get out and enjoy it.

Thanks for reading!

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TWW Afternoon Extra: Sticking it to the Man

Some Monday afternoon thoughts from your favorite independent blog…

Returning Ballots:

Some people in Montana have been giving their completed ballots to strangers to turn in for them. That reminded me of the Winston Churchill quote about voting:

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

Tribune’s Cartoon:

I wrote about the Great Falls Tribune printing a cartoon about Donald Trump that contained his quote with the word that begins with a “P.”

The Tribune apologized “to those who were offended.” Ironically the apology was in “The Edge” column…

Bumper Sticker

I saw this bumper sticker on the door of a gas station in a small town in western Montana or northern Idaho where I stopped for fuel this weekend (I was too busy texting and driving to realize where I was) (just kiddin):

“For safety sake remove ski mask and unload all weapons before entering”

Hunting:

Since hunting season is open in Montana, I can’t wait to see new hunting photos from candidates and elected officials…

Jury Questionnaire 1:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors to “Please Print or Type” when filling out the jury questionnaire form.

What is this, 1980? I don’t have an IBM Selectric typewriter anymore…

Jury Questionnaire 2:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors on their jury questionnaire, “Please fill out and return the following within seven (7) days…”

I waited 10-12 days – just to stick it to the man…

Campaign Promise:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath told Great Falls-area attorneys that more help may be on the way. McGrath said the 2017 Legislature will be asked to fund another judge in Great Falls 8th Judicial District Court to help with the growing workload.

McGrath’s promise reminds me of the campaign promise from Herbert Hoover, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

I think the judges in Montana are the best money can buy…

Billings Gazette Endorses:

The Billings Gazette devoted about 600 words just to tell readers why they endorse candidates. I could have done it in just three words:

It sells papers.

 

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The Sunday Message

Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. – Genesis 27:3

For many reasons I haven’t hunted in years, but this time of year I remember some great times my dad and I had when we went hunting. It’s funny, but I live in Montana which is one the greatest states for hunting, but I don’t remember going once since I have lived here.

When I was a kid my dad and I would go hunting a lot. I grew up in a small town, so hunting and fishing were a big part of my life. September and October were the time to prepare for duck hunting season. We would spend a weekend or two before the season to work on our duck blind.

One of the funnier things I remember is back then we owned a 33 rpm record of duck calls that I listened to and used to practice and improve my skills. The scratchy old record came in handy to learn how to use the duck call.

It was always exciting to head to the duck blind on the first weekend after the season opened. We would walk through a corn field that had been recently harvested to a spot on this lake where we prepared our duck blind. We normally did well. Besides being the hunter, I was also the gatherer who would walk into the lake to grab the ducks we had shot (we did not have a bird dog). My dad bought me some chest waders so I would not get wet (he was a good guy) when I walked into the lake to harvest our ducks.

I do thank God that my dad taught me how to hunt. He taught me everything from gun safety to respect of the landowners to caring for the animals I was hunting.

Happy hunting!

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