A white-crowned sparrow perches on a tree branch. Note the white and black crown, along with the orange beak. The similar in appearance white-throated sparrow has a grayish-colored beak. I took this photo in early spring, so this bird was foraging on freshly sprouted leaves.

This week, I’m back to writing about sparrows. And I’ll write about sparrows next week, too. The reason being is that this week’s sparrow, the white-crowned, is very similar to next week’s — the white-throated. Seeing a white-crowned sparrow is always a joy when they visit a bird feeder.

A newborn sleeps in his carseat without a care.

As an incredibly anxious and overly excited new parent, the first thing on my mind was making memories with my little pod. The first item on my list: Christmas. I became a mom on Dec. 2, and I was determined to make that first Christmas picture-perfect.

PPP deductibility must be fixed now

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses.

The heavens de- clare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

Most middle-class Americans work or attend school indoors, watch TV indoors and sleep indoors. Except for walking to and from our cars, some people can go days without stepping outside. To make things worse, cold weather is coming, and it can get frightfully chilly past November.

A Clark’s grebe floats along on Lake Hefner Oct. 7 in Oklahoma City. Note the white plumage along the neck and face, and how the red eye is surrounded by white. On a western grebe, the black col- oring of the cap extends down below the eye. Also, Clark’s grebes have more whitish coloring on the sides of the body than do western grebes.

As Look, in the sky! It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s Clark Kent, er, a Clark’s grebe!

Teach your children to be thankful.

Being thankful does not always come easily. We tend to forget what God has done for us in the past and forge on, demanding more. It is the American way, right? Sometimes this drive can be beneficial, but it also has the potential to destroy our joy.

Cheyenne Belew, Staff Writer

Alright, it’s confession time. Long, long ago, before I had children, I... uh... may have had a few misguided thoughts, which I now regret.

A mom cuddles up close to steal a kiss from her toddler.

Juggling too much is a pitfall of mine. As a Chris- tian mom, my priorities are God, family, and others. In that order. Balancing them well can be tricky. When they get out of whack, it affects my well-being. And most importantly, it affects my kids.