Patch - a Scottish Collie

Written by James Collins

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He has plenty ofrepparttar legendary energy and intelligence ofrepparttar 118136 finest sheepdog inrepparttar 118137 world. I usually take a tennis racquet and ball on our walks inrepparttar 118138 woods to try, in my optimistic way, to tire him out. We live in a hilly, and fairly wild part ofrepparttar 118139 Highlands, and I only have to say to him, "Patch, that way", or even just point, and he'll be there, waiting forrepparttar 118140 ball, whether it's uprepparttar 118141 brae or across a burn. And yet, for all his intelligence and boldness, he is sensitive and easily frightened. Atrepparttar 118142 first hint of a raised or angry voice (it wouldn't be mine, you understand), he goes to pieces and hides... Yes, our boy is difficult at times, but always fascinating, and I don't have to tell you that we love him to bits.

He was a gash and faithful tyke As ever lap a sheugh or dyke; His honest, sonsie, baws'nt face Aye gat him friends in ilka place.

His breast was white, his towsie back Weel clad wi' coat o' glossy black, His gaucie tail wi' upward curl Hung o'er his hurdies wi' a swirl. The Twa Dogs Robert Burns Gash = wise sheugh = ditch sonsie = cute bawsn't = striped like a badger towsie = shaggy gaucie = large hurdies = hips Six months ago my Patch died, and I have to learn to get along without him. I now have a Border Collie pup crossed with Something Else. He has none ofrepparttar 118143 nervousness of Patch. He is a friend to allrepparttar 118144 world. And yet...and yet...If he doesn't want to do something... We do not forget, but we move on.

James Collins

James Collins is an artist, musician and writer working in the Scottish highlands. These days he specialises in portraits of pets and other animals, but he still finds time to paint and draw the beautiful scenery of Scotland. He lives near the coast, overlooking the moray Firth, with his wife, daughter and three dogs.

Pastors and politicians; It's my party, I'll cry if I want to

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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The truth ofrepparttar matter is, we present our tithes and offerings torepparttar 118135 Lord, not for a blessing but because we have been blessed already. Any other take on this subject does not carry biblical authority. The tithe belongs to God.

Behindrepparttar 118136 political platform,repparttar 118137 politician talks about taxes. One wants to raise my taxes.

Another wants to cut my taxes. The lips may say, "No new taxes," butrepparttar 118138 heart of every politician says, "expandrepparttar 118139 old taxes." It all depends on what your definition of "is," is.

It has taken me years but I have finally figured out my income tax.

First, list as dependents your wife, two children, car and three goldfish. Now multiply your age by six and seven-eights and subtract your telephone number. Add those figures, divide by your social security number and multiply byrepparttar 118140 number of electric lights in your house.

Now you have your gross income, which, after dividing by your chest measurement and subtracting your blood pressure you finally getrepparttar 118141 amount owed torepparttar 118142 government.

Don't tell me I don't listen to those political speeches.

This brings me to my dilemma with Gary Hemsely. He was running for a political office and wanted my support. What I do in that voting booth is between me and nobody else.

I smiled at Gary and said, "Gary, I'll support you as best I can," which I thought would berepparttar 118143 end of it. Gary took me more seriously than I thought.

"Pastor," he said to me, "would you mind if I gave my campaign speech in church this coming Sunday morning?"

There are those rare times when a preacher must evolve into a politician and this certainly qualified. I saw two problems to this.

First, Sunday morning worship is no place for a political speech. People might confuse their tithing with taxes, which would be taxing onrepparttar 118144 collection plate.

More important, Gary could say less in one hour than most people could say in three minutes, but it usually took him two hours to say it. He wonrepparttar 118145 National Stuttering Championship four years in a row, more than anyone to date. There was no way that I could allow this, but I did not want to hurt Gary's feelings.

I finally looked him inrepparttar 118146 eye and said, "I'm sorry Gary but we just can't do that. It is a matter of separation of church and state, and you don't want to be accused of violating that. It wouldn't be good for your political career."

Gary sawrepparttar 118147 rationale of my argument andrepparttar 118148 matter was settled.

Some critics of Jesus once tried to stump Him onrepparttar 118149 matter of taxes. He replied, "And Jesus answering said unto them, ‘Render to Caesarrepparttar 118150 things that are Caesar's, and to Godrepparttar 118151 things that are God's.' And they marveled at him." (Mark 12:17 KJV.)

A good citizen, no matter what political party affiliation, knowsrepparttar 118152 difference and does both.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road in Silver Springs Shores. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores and can be contacted at 687-4240. Rev. Snyder's new book, Romance Around A Parsonage Fireplace, is now available. His e-mail address is The church web site is

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