I love resurrection Sunday. I love the excitement. I love the breakfast that our church usually has, and I just love the atmosphere that resurrection Sunday brings. This year, during our Easter Celebration, I sensed so much joy in our church, but do we have that joy the rest of the year?

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Long Camp Saturday Market is the first local outdoor market to open every spring: last Saturday in April. This year that is April 24. According to Chris, market manager, many vendors have reserved a space for the season. Drop-in vendors are always welcome. Arrive by 8 a.m. and Chris will tak…

Cedar chips are affordable and have multiple uses in the garden. However, they are also controversial, and cost more than free, like many mulches such as grass clippings or pine needles. We like to use them between our garden beds to keep the paths clean and weed free. And we love the smell …

The 1.9 trillion economic relief package, recently signed into law, stands to land some significant stimulus money into many of our bank accounts. This pastor wonders how many of us will give some portion of it away? In 2 Corinthians 8:7, the apostle Paul refers to giving as an act of grace …

Shape Shift for Cash Fitness Challenge last day will be April 15. The 10-week challenge winners will be judged on amount of fat loss and increase of muscle. Prizes awarded will be: $500+ to grand prize winner; 2nd place for female - FeetUp Trainer for yoga (includes 2-week premium membership…

We are fortunate here in the Clearwater Valley area to live near three University of Idaho Extension Offices. The services they offer are open to you and me, no matter which county we reside in. You may feel free to obtain information by dropping in, phoning or over the Internet. If you eith…

I first heard of Ray West the winter after we moved here. Three feet of snow, but no matter how early we got up, Glenwood Road was always plowed. I didn’t realize how unusual this was until I talked to neighbors, who said that most areas around here didn’t have this luxury. Sometimes getting…

The people of Israel had been set free from slavery and endless brickmaking in Egypt by the mighty hand of God. Now they were on their way to the land of their inheritance. The land before them was exceedingly good and would allow them to flourish and live in abundance. They were on the brin…

When I first heard about goji berries (alias wolf berries), it was from a friend recovering from fibromyalgia. She was put on a very limiting diet, but goji berries were at the top of the allowable snack list. She bought them dried and carried them with her everywhere. They sounded exotic. E…

I heard a gentleman say that out-of-staters are moving to Idaho, then trying to change their communities into what they left behind. I contacted a few of my neighbors who aren’t among the ‘old-timers’ to get their take on this.

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Early humans had little needs, most of which were equally available to all in the same locale. But as people began forming groups, they would travel and hunt together. They soon realized that other tribes had something worth trading for. When farming replaced nomadic life, they had enough fo…

Some people are surprised when they learn that God says of Himself, “I AM the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26) “I AM” is the name God gave to Moses when he asked God for a name to give the Israelite people when God sent Moses to deliver them from slavery in Egypt. “I AM” is tied to severa…

Hat’s off to the Nimiipuu who will be seeking seats to the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Primary Election. Good luck to the following candidates:

My brother, David Montgomery, is one of the most interesting people I know. Raised in the mountains of Arizona, he has always loved all things western. When he was a child, Dave loved to dress up as a cowboy. He later had a horse — which he rode bareback, learned from his grandmother to shoo…

Dear Christian, I was reading through Psalm 121 recently, and was caught by vs 1-2. The Psalmist says “I lift up my eyes unto the hills from where my help comes, My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” This is one of the very great and precious promises that Jehovah make…

Recently, my wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As anyone facing cancer or any high-risk illness can likely relate, the tension is up more than someone with, say, even a small bout of the flu. The unpredictability, life-or-death statistics, propensity to spread, and fact that it tak…

The first four presidents were passionate botanists whose country seats became laboratories for their grander vision of an independent agrarian republic in the New World.” – Andrea Wulf, in Founding Gardeners.

Some kinds of vegetable seeds (spinach, mustard, radish) can sprout in chilly soils, though slowly, usually taking two weeks to emerge, where in warm earth they would be up and growing in four or five days. Others (melons, cucumbers, okra) need warm soils to germinate at all and either sprou…

The Solanaceae plant family, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes, is the most popular plant family for home gardeners. They all prefer slightly acidic soil. Their nutritional requirements vary, but don’t require high nitrogen because you want the plant to focus more on produci…

Ready or not...! Are you ready? Got all your beans and bullets? Everything tucked away? Do you have your plans in place, and have you practiced them? Maybe yes, maybe no.

In the cold, short days of winter, warm and filling comfort foods can sound good. Some older folks used to cooking for a family may have a harder time shifting to just cooking for one or two people.

If you have been wanting to learn more about herbs, especially medicinal uses, in a local setting, you are in luck. Geneve Bean-Allen (Eve), holistic nutritionist and naturopath, is offering another extended session beginning Mar. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at a Kooskia location. The focus will be…

I had the privilege of interviewing 99-year-old Marjorie Elizabeth Liedke Altmiller, born July 1921, in Caribel. Her father, Earnest Liedke, ran a portable sawmill, and Marj (as she likes to be called) was the middle of nine children - all born in Caribel. They attended the one-room school i…

Our home and our life are not supposed to be full of tension and strife. How do we silence all the anger and chaotic noise? How can we get a little peace and quiet?

For the most part our ways of thinking slow down after age 25. For those of us well past that age, we can counter that and challenge our brains to create new neural pathways. What is a neural pathway and why do they matter? “They are the basis of your habits of thinking, feeling and acting. …

My timina’ (heart) is sick with sadness as families lay their loved ones to rest. Deepest condolences to the families of Bessie (Greene) Scott. Bessie left this world to begin her peaceful journey to join our ancestors, Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the family home in Lapwai, surrounded by her family.…

There are many beliefs and studies on using coffee grounds in the compost or as a mulch in garden beds. Many gardeners believe they are acidic enough to use directly around their blueberry plants. However, studies show that the acid is in the coffee, but no longer in the grounds. Many expert…

My January “Happy New Year” greetings have lacked some enthusiasm. 2021 feels much the same to me so far! Where are we to find restfulness in such turbulent times? Consider Psalm 131. Here are three truths for contentment independent of circumstances. One, learn humility. “My heart is not li…

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The symbolism and renewed energy of the new year is, in and of itself, enough to fire us up and encourage us to keep going, to push a little harder, to dream a little bigger and to never give up no matter how tough the going gets.” – from anna@thehouseandhomestead.com

It was early 1960s — rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz — David Trathen played them all on his guitar. And he was good. While he was in college in Florida, he formed a band and found it to be more enjoyable and more lucrative than going to school. Besides, playing gigs till early mo…

My husband’s family liked to eat lutefisk and lefsa, pickled herring, Swedish meatballs with allspice, and potatiskorv (a ground spicy potato sausage), then you could cover most of the above with white sauce. I was an eager adherent to these new foods. This was followed by an array of desser…

Anyone who ever needed to find their way in the dark knows how hard it is. We fumble around and try to take steps, all while trying to avoid bumping our head or knocking something over.

Christmas traditions have always centered around plants, so to narrow the discussion to just 12 is not easy. Many of those we honor in America came from all parts of the world. And some we may know nothing about.

Heartfelt condolences to the families of Cassandra (Allen) Kipp, of Lapwai. Cass journeyed to the spirit world Friday, Dec. 18, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Prayers of comfort for her loving husband, Robert Kipp, her children, Gregory Crowe, Andre Picard, Angela Picard and Earl Kip…

Have you heard any lies lately? Whether it’s little fibs or big whoppers, lies tear at the fabric of our lives; whatever is held together with lies comes apart easily.

My apologies to the George and Martha Meisner family for omitting their youngest son, Andy, from my last article. Also, to clarify, the home that George and Martha built on Glenwood Road is now owned by their grandson, Clayne, and his family.