Finally, a Kool mom

September 7, 2011 Oh yeah.Sometimes you just have to give in.For years my grown children have moaned and groaned about how deprived they were as kids because their mom would not let them have Kool-Aid.I know, it was a staple in most homes, but after a couple of Kool red stains that could easily be Rit Dye refused to come out of clothing, carpet and furniture, the popular children’s drink was outlawed in our home.And the kids have never forgotten it.

Remembering grandparents

September 7, 2011 (Editor’s Note: National Grandparents Day, celebrated in the United States since 1978, always falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that falls on the 10th anniversary of a tragic date — the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including Batesville’s Sara Low.So while this year’s Sept. 11 is a time of sorrow and remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks, it is also a time for remembering and honoring our grandparents and the precious memories associated with them.)

Where’d all the heroes go?

September 6, 2011 In celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in the history of the United States one cannot help but reflect back on the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have gone the right way.My wife and I were thinking about this the other night and she startled me with a question. Most of the time she just startles me, but this time she had substance in the form of a question.“I wonder,” she said rather thoughtfully, “where all the heroes are today?”

Are anti-bullying measures creating bullies?

September 6, 2011 Anti-bullying measures are getting pretty tough.According to The New York Times, New Jersey has implemented the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law.It “demands that all public schools adopt comprehensive antibullying policies (there are 18 pages of ‘required components’), increase staff training and adhere to tight deadlines for reporting episodes.”

9/11: My night on the border

September 6, 2011 On 9/11 at about 3 a.m., I ended my all-night tour of the Arizona-Mexico border. With a retired border patrol agent, I had spent the previous evening driving from Sierra Vista along the San Pedro River to the Naco Border Patrol Station.

Getting motivated

September 5, 2011 With hardly a parking spot to be found this side of the Arkansas River and by the show of people continuing to file into the auditorium, one would have thought Jesus had made his comeback. I could only wonder if others in the crowd of more than 18,000 were really there to find answers or if it was the cheap or free ticket and a day out of the office that brought them out. The self-help, “answers to life” industry must be worth trillions — people looking for inspiration, those needing motivation.

Ruling means press would pay to stream high school games

September 5, 2011 When the nation’s founders protected press freedom, they had never heard of public high school football games. If they had, they probably would have understood the desire of a free press to cover them. But the press has run into a little trouble with that of late.As school officials facing ever-rising costs search for new ways to finance their teams, amid a digital-age drive to “own” every possible image or activity, we are seeing a conflict between freedoms ratified in 1791 and today’s realities.

Purpose vs. perfection: Why one makes you happy, and the other miserable

September 2, 2011 Human beings have two fundamental emotional needs:1. We want to be connected to other people. 2. We want to know that what we’re doing with our time matters.We want to know that we make a difference.We want close personal relationships while we’re on this planet and we want to make a contribution that outlasts our stay on it.  The problem is that we often confuse purpose with perfection.

Foot won’t stay out of mouth

September 2, 2011 I have been on the job for a couple of months now and am still asked, “How’s the new job going?” It’s going great. I get to talk to a lot of interesting people and write about it — as I have said before, it’s my dream job. A lot of the other employees are starting to talk to me more. I hope my new co-workers don’t perceive my being quiet as being unfriendly. I just got here — I can’t very well spill my guts about all my personal business yet. But wait, it’s coming and most likely right here in this column.