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Tales of Jake Strider

May, 2014

  • 14 May

    Family

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Family – it’s an integral part of nature. It is the unerring cohesiveness that nurtures development and, without question, promotes survival. But for human beings, with our heightened sense of intellect and levels of emotion, it is something deeper and more profound. I have read that happiness is only genuine when shared, and while I’m probably ...

  • 1 May

    The Price of Doing Business

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Bonnie and I were coming back from Hot Springs the other day, and as we drove through one of the small towns on the way we decided to stop at a little “Dairy Queen” type of restaurant. Long story short, we had a hot dog, a hamburger, and a chocolate shake (which we split). The bill ...

April, 2014

  • 21 April

    My Favorite Country Sayings…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – One of the first things I noticed about moving to Arkansas, years ago (aside from how everyone actually waved at you while going down the road), were the expressions country folk used. There’s just something about country humor that strikes the marrow of funny. I think it’s because, in most cases, it’s derived from real situations. ...

  • 17 April

    Driving and Thinking

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – As much as I love this community, sequestered away in these lovely mountains, with a remarkably accommodating population, it does, like most places, have its quirks. It could be something in the water, maybe it’s hereditary, but Polk County has the strangest drivers I’ve ever encountered. I’ve lived (and driven) in a lot of places and ...

  • 7 April

    There, But For The Grace Of God, Go I

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – The English reformer and martyr John Bradford is first credited with using this expression. The phrase “There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford,” was used by him while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, each time he saw criminals being led toward their execution on the scaffold. Bradford was eventually burned at the stake in July ...

  • 4 April

    If It’s Too Good To Be True…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – In today’s world we are often presented with situations that seem too good to be true, and they usually are… How many times have you received an email from the secretary to the executive governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, regarding funds that were deposited into an account for which you are actually the rightful ...

  • 2 April

    Banana Monkeys

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Do you know how they catch monkeys in India? They find a bottle that has a neck just large enough for a monkey’s hand to fit through. Then they tie the bottle to a tree and put a small banana inside it. Pretty soon a monkey comes along, sees the banana, puts his hand into the ...

March, 2014

  • 24 March

    Schooner

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I lost a friend today, a companion of over ten years. His name was Schooner and he was my favorite cat. It all came as a brutal surprise – he wasn’t feeling well so I took him in to the vet’s office, and found that he had an inoperable lung tumor. The diagnosis was more pain ...

  • 12 March

    Rumors and Gossip

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Rumor is actually a form of social disease – it’s not a great deal different than herpes. You pass on something you have inadvertently received from someone, generally while trying to make a good impression. Rumor generally travels faster than truth, but it hasn’t got half the shelf-life, and it often predates suspicion, beginning with the ...

  • 8 March

    Wanting and Needing…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – We live in a society that has made it difficult for the average person to be happy. We’re constantly being told that we should have more – every TV advertisement stresses it, our politicians promise it, and we’re constantly inundated by the lifestyles of the rich and famous, making just being content, a challenge. But you ...