Our Blog

We are currently in the process of composing a full length book about our first 5 years.  The following blog entries will give you a good idea of what to expect between its covers:  humor, philosophy, theology, narrative, memoir and more.  It’s truly genre-bending.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll buy several copies and send them to your family and friends!

Rubs and Scrapes

We like to go on long walks at Whetstone Boys Ranch.  Long walks are good for the soul.  In addition to pondering the meaning of life and the mysteries of nature, we enjoy looking for signs of deer.  More specifically, we like looking for signs of “the big buck.” He’s... read more

Good Fences

Good fences makes good men. Because good men don’t let their horses run into the road. Because good men take time to build something that lasts. Because it takes manly strength (and a good sense of humor) to clear and tighten a barbed wire fence without the fancy... read more

When Life Gives You Walnuts…

Twelve giant walnut trees stand guard at Whetstone Boys Ranch, their huge arms framing almost any view from the house.  In addition to providing shade and shelter, they are beginning to take on the added responsibility of therapy for our boys…or for the time being,... read more

The Book of Firsts

On the Whetstone Boys Ranch kitchen counter, there sits a notebook which we have dubbed the “The Book of Firsts.”   Since this last week was our first week, we made a lot of entries. Below, I have copied one of the first journal entries from our first... read more

It’s Official!

It’s official!  Today, Whetstone began “sharpening” its first boy.  In our first ceremony, during which he symbolically branded his own pair of leather work gloves, we began the process of refining through holy fire. For privacy reasons, I won’t share much about him... read more

Toilet Paper

Some little things are big things.  Like toilet paper.  Toilet paper is a little thing, but without it, you’re in big trouble. One week ago, we were about to be in some big trouble.  We had been so preoccupied with issues like insurance and intake, that we had run... read more

Pool Tables

Recently, during one of our weekend work extravaganzas, we had to move a pool table.  Ever been involved in moving one of these beasts?  If not, count your lucky stars.  It’s nothing I want to do again, any time soon. The first thing you need is about 6 guys.  No... read more

Chimpanzee off the Square

There is a chimpanzee off the main square in downtown West Plains.  You heard right.  A chimpanzee.  Actually, there are two.  There are two chimpanzees that reside in a giant outdoor cage attached to a Victorian painted lady.  It’s quite a spectacle. You should hear... read more

Please and Thank You

Quite possibly, we have reached the end of the beginning. Our list of lists has stabilized, and we are now crossing out more things than we are adding. (Don’t you love that feeling of running a black marker across an item on your agenda!) We have now consolidated our... read more
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