Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors columnist 

Thinking of Mom this Mother's Day


My mother didn’t hunt or fish, but she encouraged me in my outdoor pursuits nonetheless.

When I bought a canoe with money from my paper route she helped me put a roof rack on our Chevy Nova so we could get it home. She also helped me buy my first pistol, a Ruger .22-caliber semiautomatic, when I was still too young to make the transaction on my own.

Before I was old enough to drive, she would shuttle me and my friends out to a little lake in the country, drop us off, and we’d camp and carouse unsupervised for a couple of days.

A former schoolteacher, Mom always stressed school first. Co...

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