Courtney T. Ball

Category - Humor

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...

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...

Dirk Teaches Me How to Act Like an Idiot

When I was a kid, I had this neighbor who, for the purposes of this story, I will call Dirk. Dirk was older than me, but he lived close by in my neighborhood, so we got to know each other pretty well. I looked up to him like an older brother, and he looked out for me. I’m still in contact with Dirk. I know about his life, and I know that these...

Dad’s Hoopy Hollow Vision Quest

(Tent Lit by a Lamp, Brad Mering, courtesy of FreeImages.com) Some of my readers may remember a sermon I posted a few months ago about vocation. If you listened to it you heard me refer to a vision quest I went on when I was nineteen years old. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “vision quest”, it refers to the...

The Strange and Lawless World of Danny’s Place

(True stories, but names changed so as not to soil anyone’s image.) When I was in high school, one of my best friends, Tim, started spending a lot of time with a kid named Danny who lived down the street from us. At first, my other friends and I couldn’t understand why. Danny was a weird dude. Then we realized that Danny had lots of toys and...

Pastor Bucky’s Secret Worship Thoughts

Mary, did you know… Sometimes when Pastor Bucky sits in worship his mind wanders. And in those wanderings he often dwells on ideas that might make the worship service more interesting. These meanderings have led to some truly inspired worship experiences. Other times, the ideas that come to him are more questionable. For example, every year...

The Eyes of a Young Artist

Once when I was a boy of six or seven years, I went through a period of drawing faces. I don’t remember what sparked it; maybe we were making self-portraits in school. In any case, it led me to conduct an experiment in which, for a time, my young life took on the embarrassing task of imitating art. Now, an adult who views portraits drawn by...

Cold Cheeks for Lolo Jones

So, in case you haven’t heard the news, Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.  There has been some hoopla over whether her popularity rather than performance is what helped her land a spot on the team, but I have a different ax to grind. Back in 2012, my father invited my brothers and I to attend the Drake relays with him in Des...