Courtney T. Ball

Archive - June 2014

My Latest Shot at Being a Cowboy

Bucky and Buckmaster: Friends or Foes? Last week I wrote about my childhood attempts to be a cowboy in Adventures on Old Gray. I got a chance to renew my cowboy dreams last night at the Linn County Fair Celebrity Donkey Races. This came about due to my sister-in-law’s urging. It seemed like a funny thing to do when my brother Clint and I signed...

Crazy Dead Dog and Other Good Stories

Mosey’s “crazy dead dog” move. The Ball family is not a stoic people. When a loved one dies, there are plenty of tears. But there is usually quite a bit of laughter mixed in too. Funerals tend to be big affairs with lots of food, time for play, and story-telling. After Moses died last night, there was no large gathering or celebration of...

Saying Goodbye to Moses

Next Monday evening my family will say goodbye to our dog, Moses. It’s a strange and troubling responsibility to decide when the life of your pet will end. This is the first time I have ever had to do it. And even though I know it’s right, it’s hard. Over the years, most of my neighbors have seen me walking Moses regularly, and have also...

Adventures on Old Gray

When my sister Jamie and I were young children visiting our grandparents in Davis County, Iowa, occasionally they would bring out Tony the Pony and let the two of us ride around the front yard. Tony was a fat, cranky pony who didn’t really like to have kids on his back. For some reason, he was also particularly fond of bucking Jamie off, which...

Mike Rowe on a Tandem Bike

My brother Clint Twedt-Ball, Mike Rowe, and I downtown Cedar Rapids Yesterday, my brother Clint and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Mike Rowe and part of the crew from his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, which will begin airing on CNN this fall. They decided they wanted to do a bike tour (maybe inspired by this...

Further Reflections on Church and Worship

Last week, I wrote a piece in which I shared my views on faith, the Bible, church, Jesus, and community. It generated more web traffic and discussion (online and in person) than anything else I’ve written so far. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth doing before you continue with this post. Some of the best conversation I had related to...