Insight by John Schlageck

Insight by John Schlageck



The art of second thought


When writing, choose the best word to say what you want to convey. Never settle for meaningless exclamation points, bold-faced or underlined words.

A winning proposition


Local farmer' markets allow access to fresh food and the joy of connecting with a farmer or rancher is something that is resonating with more and more people. Key here is the opportunity for consumers to talk to the people producing the food.

Protect youself from the sun


If you can’t wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing, apply at least a Number 30 sun protective lotion. Today’s farmers and ranchers would be well-advised to take a page out of their family albums – to return to those days of floppy, wide-brimmed straw hats and long-sleeved, baggie cotton shirts.

Where we live


Seguin was a community where families were raised and values – good and sometimes bad – were instilled. Looking back, those fortunate enough to grow up there – like I did in the ‘50s and ‘60s – were surrounded by people with core values that helped guide us throughout our lives.



While I didn’t really think of it back then, I just remember I loved listening to them visit and liked how my Grandpa talked to my Grandma. Today, I understand what I was listening to were conversations between a woman and a man who had truly become one.

The road runs both ways


When driving, practice courtesy. Give farmers and ranchers a break. Give yourself a break. And in doing so, they’ll give you a break as well.

Tumbling along


In truth, the tumbleweed is a blasted nuisance. Even its Latin name (Salsola pestifer) identifies it as a menace.

Moderaton and variety


Beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork and poultry can be roasted, baked, broiled, grilled or simmered. No matter how you cut it – scientific research indicates all lean meats are high in nutritional quality.

Critical thinking


Another element of critical thinking is reliance on fact rather than opinion. So often in our society, the “squeaky wheel gets the grease.” The loudest or most controversial opinion receives the most attention. Need I say more about our society today?

Prairie fire


As the hypnotic orange flames raced toward our school, we all wondered about how close the fire might come, would it burn our school down and where would we go then?