About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Humor from Home

The Easy Life

Meals, treats, naps, and love

Man’s best friend, enjoying life—

Master of the house

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Out of Luck

Teenage lad climbs tree

Scanning for a new girlfriend—

Neighborhood wasteland

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Making Room 

Delicious dinner

Loosening up this tight belt—

Now room for dessert

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From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

With God’s truth leading us, our faith strengthens to fuel our hope in what life can really be.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated August 14)

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner


Writer's Notebook

Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

Featured Posts

Welcome to another TGIF (Thank God in Faithfulness) edition of Big Sky Buckeye’s writing journey.  I appreciate you have stopped in for a quick visit, and today’s post shares some humor about life (we need an extra serving today) with three short poems in “Humor from Home (Haiku Series #91).”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on August 14 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on August 14 from the words of American pastor and Christian teacher Charles Stanley.  His message reminds us to never be reluctant to serve our Lord.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  A tranquil, summer morning scene is captured at a central Ohio pond.  Check out the new photograph added on August 4 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems and writings can be found in the archives.  Enjoy!

Old Man Trouble

From the words of British pastor and theologian, Charles Spurgeon:  “The closer we are to the Shepherd, the safer we are from the wolves.”

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Encountering another of life’s setbacks

Visitor from the darkness shouts, “I am back”


Old Man Trouble comes knocking at my front door

Relentless, he desires to even the score


How will I choose to deal with adversity?

His darkness masks the sky over this city


Tackle straight forward what Old Man Trouble brings

Or . . . wait timidly for his continued sting


God’s Word teaches us and brings us hope:


We all live preciously in God’s perfect sight

He gathers us in His loving, Holy might


Past—present—future . . . from the Great I Am

Making it through turbulent seas for each lamb


Through desolate wilderness, God shares a way

Bringing rivers of hope to this life’s gateway

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Looking Old Man Trouble in his doom-filled eyes

With faithful courage, my hope begins to rise


Life waits to see . . . who will finally blink first?

With God’s living water, quenching my parched thirst


Listening, following God’s steadfast handbook

His love will save me with a whole new outlook


Bringing Godly fortitude, when needed most

Old Man Trouble defeated, nothing to boast

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From Isaiah 43:2-3:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

photo of a woman lifting a barbell

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When we are suffering, only Christ’s perspective can replace our resentment with rejoicing.  Our whole perspective changes when we catch a glimpse of the purpose of Christ in it all.

From Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Sunrise to Sunset

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Summer sunrise lights up the vast Montana prairie

Fields of grain smelling like sweetest confectionery


Farmers and ranchers always start up their days early

Full and hearty breakfast, making any man feel burly


This morning’s itinerary calls for baling hay

Alfalfa windrows cannot wait around all day


With tractor pulling an old baler, creating perfect bales

Gentle morning breeze fills out the air like a ship’s sails


Midday arrives, there’s time for a quick, tasty bite

Wife packs dinner with her usual special delights


Afternoon heat and wind suspend all baling for now

Starting up the swather, cutting hay as time allows


Thinking about next week, wheat looking to ripen by then

Combine stands ready and dependable, just like Big Ben


About an hour before sundown, pick-up truck returns home

Just enough daylight to check a few cows where they roam


Supper bell will be ringing soon, so need to finish now

Washing up, sitting down with wife, enjoy hearty chow


Praying together, evening transcends with the setting sun

Thankful for the Lord’s help with another day’s work done

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Horace Mann Quote

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Habit is a cable, we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.

From James 3:13:  “Who is wise and understanding among you?  Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.”

Life Laughs Back (Haiku Series #90)

Not for Me

Obedience school

Violates my canine rights—

Dog walks away free

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Try, Try Again

Car attempts to park

Seven times without success—

Miffed student driver

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Cold Reception

Social media post

Only three likes arrive from—

Me, myself, and I

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