Yes, she will be OK, as far as relating with people is concerned, but what if she had not wanted to?

Behind the White Coat

Sailboat in the Hudson Bay

“How much time are you spending on social media?”

“Well, I stopped completely until about a week ago. I’m easing back into it.”

“Really? You stopped it all? Completely?” I tried to keep the suspicion out of my voice.

“Yeah. For about six months.”


“I didn’t like how it made me feel.” There was real, actual eye contact, no phone in sight.

“Now that you are back at it, what do you think? Does it make you feel good?”


“So what do you think you are going to do?”

“We’ll see.” She shrugged. “Maybe I’ll pull the plug again.”

That, folks, is a kid who is going to be all right…

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A new generation will celebrate the new direction it has given to one of Clarendon’s oldest businesses when Saye’s holds its open house this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Katie and Josh Fetsch and Savannah Askew, with their kids in tow, are the latest members to operate the family store started by T.M. Little in 1910. The business, now branded as Saye’s Tack Store, carries all types of merchandise that a cowboy needs – ropes, grooming supplies, horse shoeing tools, cinches, blankets, pads, leather goods, and more.

“It’s pretty special,” said Katie, who represents the fifth generation to run the business. “I feel like our family is really close, and it’s nice to continue something that has been in the family and give it new life.”

The Askew family carrying on a tradition of service to Clarendon. Courtesy Photo / Jody Green

What began as Little Mercantile Co. has changed its offerings to adapt to changing times and the needs of each era. Mr. Little’s daughter Emma May introduced a beauty salon – possibly the first in Clarendon – to the business early in its history. She married Carl Saye; and during the Depression, the store moved from its original home, where the Cowboy Church is today, to its present location at 219 S. Kearney between the Burton Memorial Library and Henson’s. At that time, the name was changed to Saye’s Clothing Store, and the business became so varied and carried such a stock, that it operated in its current location as well as occupying the two buildings that make up the city library today.

Another generational change came when Emma and Carl’s son, Tommie Saye, added a photography studio to the business.

Katie’s father, Danny Askew, says the store made an impression on him the first time he came in as a college student in 1974.

“I remember well Tom and his momma following me around like a pair of hunting dogs,” Danny said. “It occupied all three buildings, and you weren’t leaving without buying something.”

After the death of his parents in the early 1970s, Tommie and his wife, Lucy, continued to operate the business but downsized by the end of that decade, selling the north two buildings to the city. The couple eventually shifted the merchandise more towards Western wear, a trend that was continued by their daughter Terry Askew, who took over the business in 1994.

“Each generation changed it a little to fit their time,” Lucy says.

Terry kept the store open regularly through 2010 before going to work full-time at the Best Western Red River Inn. It was still opened though for holidays and special occasions.

“If you consider that T.M.’s mother was with him when he started the store, then we’ve had seven generations walking those floors,” Terry said. “I just love it. I couldn’t be happier that this generation is making it their own.”

Lucy also said that it’s amazing to have this many generations keeping a business going, and she loves how Katie, Josh, and Savannah have repurposed Mr. Little’s original fixtures.

“It’s really great even though it’s completely different,” Lucy said. “The hangers that used to hold dresses now have belts and lariats. And it’s just part of the family history that your children grow up in that store.”

The tack idea for the business really came about last fall, Katie said. Now Flying A Tack is the family wholesale business that travels to Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma to service retailers and trade shows. Saye’s is the local storefront for that service.

“There are a lot of people who need these items,” Katie said. “Our local cowboys are awesome, and we love the cowboy community.”

The family invites everyone to Saye’s open house. Activities will include a roping dummy completion, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be providing concessions. For information, see their ad in this week’s issue.



Are we of one mind in the Lord or just a CLIQUE?

Not many years ago, I listened to a recording of a lectureship forum from FHU where a famous leader in the church said it was neither possible nor even necessary for Christians to agree on every point of doctrine. Then he proceeded to list what he deemed to be cardinal doctrines of the church on which we all should agree.

Below, I have listed several scriptures where the subject of unity is addressed.  Are these inspired words of God simply good suggestions or are they commands we must obey?  Did our Master give us any impossible commands?

  • John 17:21—That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Was Jesus prayer useless?  Stop for a moment to analyze this verse phrase by phrase to see the necessity for unity.
  • Acts 4:32—And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10—Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  • Ephesians 4:3—Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • Ephesians 4:13—Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  • Philippians 2:1-3—If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Granted there may be some in the church who are bonded by blood, ethnicity or even educational background and so stick together to the exclusion of all others, but genuine Christians should never judge by the flesh!  Now, here is a question for all of us to consider seriously: When/if people in a congregation of the church agree on points of doctrine taught by Jesus (i.e. speak the same thing), should we refer to them as cliques?  The only way for Christians to have true unity is that all speak the same things.  Can we have true unity without the same mind and judgment in Christ?  If someone feels like an outsider, maybe the problem is that he/she is separated by doctrines or practices not yet studied or understood.

Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 1): Why Do Doctors Assume I’m Going to Answer a Mental Health Screener for Strangers?

Like gun ownership, what has all this got to do with a UTI or Lymphatic Filariasis? The whole system is quick to label us all these days. Maybe I own a gun because coyotes prey on my chickens! Maybe I don’t have enough natural Vitamin D and feel tired but not really depressed.

Lavender and Levity

Medical professionals have started asking me questions as they take my vitals like, “How often do you feel bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?” This whole blog isabout how often I feel like a failure, and how I’d like to feel like that less often. The answer is, more likely than not, “more than half the days” in the past two weeks. These screeners still generate anxiety, even though I expect them now. I was at my GP the first time, about a potential sinus infection, and it was shocking and scary to be asked deeply personal mental health questions by a disinterested nurse, whose name I never learned. After the visit, I looked up the questions. Doctors are being encouraged to give community mental health screens during all routine medical appointments. Apparently, they received the…

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How many do you know today who fit the description in 2 Timothy 3:1-9?

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil (Ecc. 8:11).

The Lord has called us to a time when this world is determined to destroy the Lord and his work, and are in the process of casting (or trying to cast) away God’s cords (Psa. 2:1-4). We pray he will soon have them in derision and vex them in his sore displeasure soon (Psa. 2:5)! He gave the world to many evil rulers in times past, but then his purpose not only includes forming the heart of Christ in his children (Luke 6:40; Matt. 10:24-25) but also in putting his enemies under his feet (1 Cor. 15:24-26). We are thankful for his great wisdom and righteousness, as well as working all things together for good for those he calls to his purpose.

However, it is not encouraging to see how many are his enemies today, and often distressing to see who his real enemies are! As Solomon warned those who seek God’s wisdom, it means increased sorrow (Eccl. 1:18). We pray those of us who love him will fulfill all of his good pleasure, obey all of his commands (Matt. 28:20), and overcome in the fight against sin and Satan (Rev. 2:26-27).