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.

Strike up the bland

March 2, 2011 It says here that Mitt Romney will be the Republican presidential nominee next year.It also says here that if it’s not the former Massachusetts governor, then it will be a fairly dark horse — someone currently trotting way below the radar. Although a Romney candidacy comes with plenty of overweight political baggage, the rest of the GOP’s potential candidates would be even less likely to defeat President Obama in 2012.

Just preaching or telling the truth?

March 1, 2011 My daughter Kailey has always been picky about restaurants. When she was little she figured they should either serve milk, have a jukebox, or at least sport some sort of live fish. The Chinese buffet had made strides in her estimation with the addition of their new shark tank, but the Waffle House generally always topped her list. I recall one early morning visit there in particular when she was 5.

Garden show, a good day

March 1, 2011 Last Friday I got a much-needed “girls’ day out” at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock. I went with my gardening enthusiast pal, Mary Jo Shivey, who along with my mom is trying to turn my brown thumb green.After seeing all the wonderful offerings by the nurseries, yard art makers and landscaping businesses, I am more than ready for warm weather to get here so I can plant all the goodies I brought home. Each year, I seem to be adding more flower beds, while adding shrubs and flowers to the existing ones, but my yard is still very much a work in progress.

Suit you

March 1, 2011 Doesn’t matter which side of the budget battleground you stick your rhetorical bayonet in, one thing we can all agree on is our government is broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Broke. Stone broke.

Congress’ ill-timed recess

March 1, 2011  I sure hope the members of Congress who are returning to work this week enjoyed themselves while they were out of town. Because out in the rest of the country, their weeklong Presidents’ Day recess certainly left a lot of people feeling jittery.

Ledge update

February 28, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — In regular sessions of the Legislature the most important and the most difficult issues usually are considered in the second half. The 2011 session is no exception.Major issues left to be addressed include sentencing reform, highway financing and congressional redistricting. Also, final approval of the overall budget for state government is always one of the last things completed in a regular session.

2 thumbs up for Oscar 2011

February 28, 2011 The dresses, the jewels, this year’s hosts, 94-year-old Kirk Douglas — I give Oscar 2011, aka, my Super Bowl Sunday, two thumbs up and four stars compared to previous years.I get so excited the weeks leading up to “Hollywood’s biggest night.” It doesn’t matter that I don’t know who half the nominees are, I just enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of the evening — the red carpet, who’s wearing what, who will win best actor, actress and film  — all while wishing I was there.