Ain’t Broke Yet!

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Papa had always been sort of set in his ways.  Some might even say he’d become much too old-fashioned, but he took pride in being thrifty with a dollar.

My brother, Nick, walked up to Papa one afternoon and explained his dilemma, “My old, worn-out phone needs to be replaced.  All of the guys at school own a way better one than mine.”

Looking up from his magazine, Papa firmly replied, “Ain’t broke yet!”

A few days later, Mama called out to her husband in a voice filled with distress.  Her washing machine was on the fritz . . . again.  Papa made a couple of quick fixes, and then told Mama, “Ain’t broke yet!”

Mama always told me, “Papa has always been a penny pincher, just like his dear ol’ Papa.” 

A couple of weeks later, the zipper on my outdated winter coat was stuck.  Running to Papa, I tried to convince him to buy me a new coat, “Papa, this old coat is just worn out.  Don’t you think it’s time to buy me a new one?”

Papa took my coat.  After fiddling with the zipper for a couple of minutes, he brought it back to me with a proud smile on his face, “Ain’t broke yet!”

The next morning, Papa was sitting at the breakfast table, and he was looking over the advertisements in the newspaper.  A dashing, new pick-up truck caught his eye, and he imagined himself driving it down the street for everyone to see.  With his usual humble confidence, he announced to the rest of us, “I am thinking of trading in the ol’ truck for a brand new one.  She has quite a few miles on her.”

In unison, we all shouted, “Ain’t broke yet!”

Safeguard Our Children (Elfchen Series #71)



God’s treasures

Heed His call

Care for each one


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Innocent lives

Nurtured with care

Making our world better


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Precious gifts

Share God’s love

Protect them from harm


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Cherished Treasures

From Mark 10:14:16:  “‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

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Our children and grandchildren

Grace fills their nurturing love

For generations to come

With God calling out with love


Young, innocent, and fragile

Our youth require constant love

Their welfare rests in our hands

With God sending lasting love


Our decisions beg wisdom

Cherished treasures need our love

Number “One” priority

With God shielding through His love


Unselfish, humble adults

Time to step forward with love

Our angry wrangling at rest

With God moving hearts with love


Common sense should always lead

Precious children seek our love

Misplaced actions now buried

With God dispatching His love


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From 1 Corinthians 13:11-13:  “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

As a community, we are called by God to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of our children and grandchildren.  There can be no greater calling when we are encouraged by the love and grace of our Heavenly Father.

Circle of Life

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Children and grandchildren

Each fills precious treasure

Hug this “Circle of Life”

Family time’s pleasure


Watching young daughters grow

Teaching lessons of love

Taking delight each day

Dad, where’s my softball glove?


Time moves much too quickly

Each day shares its rewards

Daughters become women

“Circle of Life” records


Transforming life’s landscape

Mastering how to crawl

Cherishing grandchildren

Grandpa, will you play ball?


Robust “Circle of Life”

Family roster grows

Memories made each day

Lifetime’s delightful rose


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Some of the best poems are written from from the heart.  Such is the case with this poem; created from just a thought about family and its blessings.  My wife and I have been blessed with five daughters between our Montana and Ohio families.  Our grandchildren now number ten.  Our own “Circle of Life’ has indeed been a blessed one.

Monday Memories: Sweetest Love

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Love springs eternal in many, beautiful forms

Helping to ease some of life’s angry storms


A mother focuses on her handsome new boy

Rocking him fast to sleep, she’s filled with joy


A teacher reaches out to his unsettled class today

Filling the room with learning, discovering a way


A nervous man asks a pretty woman for a date

Dreaming, could marriage be their future fate?


A son calls upon his ailing mother quite often

Bringing love that helps her illness to soften


A mature couple capturing romance from afar

Tying ribbons of love, reaching heaven’s stars


A young girl eagerly waits by the window all day

Jumping into her father’s lap with much to say


A caring wife prepares a meal by candlelight

Inspiring a time of love with her man tonight


A family cherishes togetherness for all

Adding gentle love that will never fall


A romantic husband brings flowers to his bride

Adding fragrance and beauty, their love amplified


A young couple ties marriage’s knot with “We do”

Cherishing their love, feeling deeply rich and true


God sends His Son, offering His greatest gift

Washing away our sins, lives no longer adrift


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This poem was written and published back in February, 2019.  In looking at its original form, I found an opportunity to improve a few flaws in its presentation.

Back From Hiatus

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Greetings Big Sky Buckeye readers, fellow bloggers, and visitors!  I have returned to writing and blogging after a three-week hiatus. 

My recent journeys took me from the Buckeye state of Ohio to my native state under Montana’s Big Sky.  After being marooned for about 15 months, my travels seemed different in many ways.  Perhaps some of these observations will wander into my writings from time to time.

My wife and I traveled by car, and we covered the distance from Ohio to Montana in four days.  Taking our time allows us to stay rested and looking forward to each day.  We journeyed through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Much of our time was spent with my mother who has been recovering from the loss of her husband (my stepfather) as well as two recent surgeries.  My other siblings have also been stepping up to help out as well. 

We also enjoyed time with the rest of our Montana family with the exception of our youngest daughter and her husband (more about their amazing adventures in a later post).  Seeing our two other daughters and their families as well as my father filled in what limited time we had. 

For the first time, we were able to meet in the flesh our 18-month old grandson for the first time.  The pandemic has kept us at home until now.  It was wonderful to see our four other Montana grandchildren, ranging in ages from 16 down to 3.

Being away and busy, I just didn’t have time to keep on very many posts by other bloggers.  I am eager to catch up, and I promise to reply to all comments as quickly as possible.

As a writer, it will feel good to be “back in the saddle” once again.  Blessings to each and every one of you. 

Monday Memories: Oh Brother!

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Oh, Brother!


Sometimes people look at me in a sort of puzzlin’ way

They just don’t appreciate my approach to each day


Through their eyes, I must be an utter red-neck

They fail to understand my life, not one lil’ speck


Some say I have an accent when speakin’

Darn if I know, I’m just talkin’ and seekin’


Before I digress too much further, let’s see

I live in America, lookin’ always to be free


My Daddy taught me the major differences in life

Between right and wrong, always love one’s wife


My Mommy shared her love of nature’s delights

Her bountiful garden, with colors always bright


Growin’ up in an awfully small, yet welcome place

Life remain’ balanced and gentle, a relaxin’ pace


Joinin’ the U.S. Navy at the earliest possible age

Livin’ on an aircraft carrier, like workin’ in a cage


Comin’ ashore to meet a lady for a date

Becomin’ my lovely wife and first mate


Receivin’ a degree with honors from Silage Tech

Not regrettin’ my time there, never wantin’ to fret


My best friends live and labor on farms and ranches

We hook-up on Saturday nights for fun-filled dances


Livin’ in the countryside, but drivin’ to my job in town

People say I’ve been too busy, never makin’ a sound


Can’t they see who’s followin’ me down the walk

Two lil’ youngins, brothers lovin’ to play and talk


My two boys, Pete and Re-Pete, makin’ me proud

Even when their horseplay gets a tiny bit too loud


Oh, Brother!

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What’s Your Rush?

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Driving fast down time’s hectic road

Passing new sign’s life-changing mode


Hey busy people, “What’s your rush?”

Best to paint life with brand new brush


Slow self down, before passing by

More to life than hello and bye


Coffee’s better with second cup

Take time to really size life up


Spend precious moments, call your friend

Each minute pays big dividends


Look around, lend others your hand

Playing music on life’s bandstand


Time spent with young children at play

Ageless, feeling younger each day


Neighborhood walk with man’s best friend

Rounding out life’s perfect weekend


Share love with your special someone

Lighting rainbows with rising sun


Cruisin’ along life’s peaceful street

No rush now, enjoying each treat


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