Editor Joshua Smith should change the name of his column to Joe Engle Reconsidered.
My grandfather was a whittler. I don’t hear much about whittling these days People carve, turn, cut, burn, and work with wood in so many creative ways; but I don’t see many whittlers sitting on the porch with a piece of wood and a trusty pocket knife. Grandpa carved many pieces and a few still remain in family homes. Momma had a man with moveable joint connections. Sometime over the years he lost a foot so grandpa carved him a crutch. Granny dressed the man in homemade jeans and button-front shirt. That man was very cool but paled alongside my favorite piece which was a chain with a caged ball on the end.
Joe Minick and the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad are an enormous success with the Hoffman Grist Mill and adjacent retail shops. What Happens Next?
Inspiration for writing comes from many places and I believe many writers understand their own best sources. I write mostly about issues of faith, hope, and relationship. My inspiration often is a combination of pondering scripture, pushing my own growing edges, and observing the world and the people around me. These days of lock down have short-circuited my ability to observe much more than my own little corner of the world. As a result, I have expended much of my writing time sitting in front of a blank page.
In my younger years, I lived at the foot of Cheyanne Mountain just south of Colorado Springs where I made some fabulous memories.