The unknown child

March 8, 2011 The story of how we first became foster parents has its roots much earlier than our first foster child. It all started with an unknown child who lived almost next door. We had lived in the neighborhood for two years before our daughter started kindergarten. When she did, she would tell us about a boy who got off at the bus stop with her every day.“There is no boy that gets off at our stop,” I told her.“But Dad, there is.”“Where does he live?”

A non-romantic view of war

March 8, 2011 Of all the time periods in history I would like to go back and visit, I hate to say the Civil War is not one of them. Sure, Rhett was wooing Scarlett, soldiers were dashing off letters home in their flowery prose, and Jasper Hale was busy being made a vampire.

FIRST step toward the future

March 8, 2011 It’s a compelling event —something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive.I speak of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions, which will be taking place at various cities across America through April.Teams of high school kids spend months designing and building computerized robots. They raise money and manage budgets.Then their robots go head-to-head in a rollicking contest.

Charlie Sheen, Obama, Republicans and addiction

March 7, 2011 Watching Charlie Sheen’s outbursts is a great entertainment for Americans. Here is a guy who has it all, fame, fortune, a great career and it is all crashing in on him because of addiction.We all know that Charlie Sheen is one 911 call from the morgue. He has made the ambulance trip before, and he doesn’t see it coming. Denial is a classic symptom of drug addiction.

Lights out, Easy-Bake

March 7, 2011 I never got to try my hand at baking cupcakes or brownies using a 100-watt incandescent light bulb and now it looks like I may never get that chance, despite the fact I’m now old enough to use a real oven.Hasbro Inc. announced in February that it’s doing away with the light bulbs inside Easy-Bake Ovens and the manufacture of such bulbs, which serve as the heating element for the ovens, will be outlawed next year.

CHAOS AHEAD; Wisconsin only the start

March 4, 2011 I’m going to bankrupt this country by any means necessary, and if you try to stop me or slow me down, I’ll shut the government down and blame it on you. If you try to stop me, you can kiss your political careers good-bye. Isn’t this essentially what Barack Obama and his allies in the US Senate are saying to the Republican leaders in Congress?

The enemy within ‘us’

March 4, 2011 Having held Private First Class Bradley Manning prisoner for nine months, under conditions tantamount to torture and beyond doubt intended to break his will, the U.S. Army recombobulated its allegations against him on Wednesday, adding 22 counts to an already lengthy charge sheet.

March Madness not a slam dunk?

March 3, 2011 I know the Bleacher Report website calls March Madness “four 15-minute quarters of stop ‘n’ go action or 67 games of heart-wrenching, plot-twisting, good ol’ fashioned euphoria.” I’ve seen the cartoons of office productivity grinding to a standstill as co-workers scrutinize brackets and make wagers on the games that lead to the naming of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Champion.

Evidence surfaces for injection wells-earthquakes tie-in

March 3, 2011 The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission will meet Friday in emergency session to consider shutting down two deep injection wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area that have been linked to earthquakes in the Guy and Greenbrier areas, the Associated Press reported late Wednesday.If shut down, the two wells — one owned by Chesapeake Operating Inc. outside Guy and the other near Greenbrier and owned by Clarita Operating LLC — would at first be on a temporary basis until the commission’s regular meeting on March 29 when a final determination is expected.

Still thankful

March 2, 2011 Moving into the second month I once again looked at things to be thankful for. February hit us with winter weather and I now have a room(s) filled with just about everything baby for our soon-to-be-family member. I am going to be a great-aunt.Literally.February went something like this:1. Right now the only bright spot is the rain is better than the snow and sleet so I will be grateful when Old Man Winter goes.2. Hap... Hap... Happiest girl in the whole USA after the winter storm missed us.