View from the Hill
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 21 September 2010 17:45Character building, for better or worse, is all about making choices. These choices ultimately lead us down a path in life that reveals who we really are.
Experiences with other people also affect our perception of reality. We may make choices based on these experiences, perhaps without serious thought about the outcome. In time, we may regret those irrational choices and hopefully make changes for the better.
The good news is, it is better to have recognized the error of a choice made and make a change for the better than to remain as we are.
In this life, God gives us the grace to begin again, to make things right if only we will make the effort to believe in God’s unfailing love and mercy and ask for his help and wisdom in making...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:12The minds of young children are like a blank slate. As they interact with parents, relatives, peers and siblings, their minds are like sponges soaking up everything that comes along and repeating what they hear in the most awkward of moments.
While working for a company producing tutorial software, daughter Jessica came across a phrase that could be interpreted more than one way. One interpretation of a sentence translated into English is, “Children talk when chickens urinate.”
Who knows, perhaps that was the original meaning, especially since children and animals are part of the equation.
It’s not difficult to imagine. A child observes an unusual event and instantly reacts to what he or she sees. A simpler description might...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 27 July 2010 15:41Mid-term election campaign rhetoric is at a fevered pitch these days, even when compared to past campaigns. Mud-slinging via negative ads on television run without interruption and will not let up until the last poll closes on election day.
Congressional candidate Wink Hartman, even though he declares in an ad that he has signed a pledge to stop running negative ads against his opponent, promptly launches into a diatribe denouncing Michael Pompeo’s business activity and moral character.
Apparently, Hartman’s pledge wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
Closer to home, it doesn’t get any better. Consider the latest rhetoric from a candidate for Congress. Without naming names or party affiliation, I don’t doubt readers...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:02Wheat harvest in central Kansas is coming to an end while in far western Kansas, they are going strong.
For producers in our area, yields have ranged from disappointing to surprising, from 25 bushels per acre to more than 50. In short, this year is nothing spectacular, nothing special. As for the price of wheat, one would have to say the same thing as well.
Personally, this year was one of firsts, however. Son Ben was unable to make the annual trek to our farm, thanks in part to the anticipated, yet early arrival of twin girls. As I write this, daughter-in-law Anna is still awaiting the day when she can carry one or both in her arms.
Lacking a combine driver with necessary skills to match, someone was needed to fill the gap. As luck...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 25 May 2010 19:16On the lighter side of finger pointing.... While making my weekly appointment at a meeting of the Lehigh Double Circle Day Care, a charter member expressed concern over Cooperative Grain & Supply’s policy of closing on Saturdays.
“It’s costing me extra to go to Hillsboro to get my coffee one day a week,” he says, grinning. “I’m thinking of sending CG&S a bill for the extra cost. It’s up to about 63¢ for the coffee, not counting mileage. If only Lehigh stayed open, I could get it for free.”
Amid the ensuing laughter, a new round of lighthearted finger pointing began. Another member of the group told a story that involved a Kansas Department of Transportation vehicle safety inspector, a semi hauling heifers and a...
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