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COMMODITY INSITE

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal posted a solid piece entitled, “Trade Fears Threaten Best Year in Commodities Since 2002.” The first sentence reads as follows, “Commodity markets, reveling in their best year since 2002, tumbled Friday as new tariffs announced by the U.S.

Hollowtop Smoke Signals

From across the room, the circular opening looked suspiciously like a miniature submarine’s torpedo tube. My stomach tightened at the sight of it. That’s not to suggest I’m not brave to a fault. However, when suddenly confronted with unsettling situations, my fertile mind sometimes tends to imagine the worst possible outcomes.

Cowboy Poetry

I’ve always had to stretch my legs when climbing to the saddle.  And now my age is telling me, “Each time you’ll have a battle.”

You see I stand at five feet three, a product of my source.  So, tell me why I always seem to ride a danged tall horse.

COMMODITY INSITE

The June USDA grain report released earlier in the week was bullish and following the release of the data producers across the nation  heaved a sigh of relief. It was feared by many that the report would be bearish and send grain prices lower.

This, Our Valley

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

Will Rogers

 

In the Bible, we are called to be truthful.  I have always found it interesting that the commandment addressing honesty is couched in the negative: “Thou shalt not bear false witness”.

Homer

The first time I saw Homer, he was standing in the corral.  His owner hadn’t rode him much, as far as I could tell. 

That three-year-old, he looked at me with eyes that seemed to say.  Just try and get me out of here.  This corral’s my place to stay.   

This, Our Valley

“I waited patiently upon the LORD; he stooped to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay ... he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40)

 

I sometimes lose things.

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