The Sunday Message

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov

I was beginning to think that spring was just around the corner, but then this latest cold front moved in and dumped about 7-9 inches of snow on my property. Temperatures dipped below zero. Now spring seems a long way away.

And so goes another year in Big Sky Country Montana!

I actually thought about needing a snow blower the other day. It was 5:30 a.m. and the temperature was well-below zero. The snow I was scooping was deep.

I kind of think snow blowers are for wimps, but as I grow older one might come in handy. Maybe when I hit 70 I’ll ask Santa for one.


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January Makes Me Shiver…

Back in January 2011 I wrote a column about my feelings toward the month of January. These are not good feelings because I actually hate January.

I thought about the old column as I was scooping about a gazillion inches of snow this week in the single-digit temperatures, wondering if, after several years, I would actually see a city snowplow on my street.

This was about the same time when I broke another snow shovel, which will go into the snow shovel graveyard in the corner of my garage.

Since the holiday break is over and we’re well into this terrible month, I thought today would be a great day to re-post the column with some additional thoughts.



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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Powerball, unemployment, potholes, Obamacare, Barbie, storm coverage, Ray Nagin, Corvettes, Derek Jeter, John Elway, John Walsh, and much more!


The Sunday Message

“The storm comes from the south, and the cold from the north.” – Job 37:9 (NLV)

This past week in Great Falls, Montana, I have experienced some of the coldest temperatures in my life. This morning I checked the temperature and it was minus 31. That was not counting wind chill. Things are looking up; we should be above zero on Sunday and be a balmy 38 degrees on Thursday.

With the weather being so cold, it helps remind me to thank God for the little things: A warm home, a working furnace, pipes not freezing, and vehicles that will start.

Maybe winter bothers me more because I am older and wiser. When I was younger, I did not care about the snow or the cold – it would not stop me from living! One time a friend and I decided to go bust some snow drifts in his car. It was fun until we found ourselves stuck in a snow drift and had to walk two miles. I had on tennis shoes and a light jacket. My feet were never the same again, but I learned a valuable lesson.

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” -Victor Hugo

Have a great week – and stay warm!

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