Respect for flag

September 7, 2010  I remember talking to some students in a grade school about the respect that should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. I asked a student why we should show respect for the flag? His answer, “There have been many soldiers die fighting for our country.”

Bugged by OCD

September 7, 2010 Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I did indeed grow up on a farm. Take my aversion to the common housefly. I can’t stand for one to be inside my house, landing on our countertops, furniture, walls, etc. I make myself crazy waiting for it to land so I can swat it. And after Gary or I have killed it, I have to get out the Lysol anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down every available surface the fly might have touched (even if I didn’t see it). If there are dishes left to dry in the sink, I’ve been known to rewash them, too.

Labor Day for real Americans

September 6, 2010 Poor Labor Day. Gets no respect. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of celebrations. The runt of the holiday litter. Just hearing the name conjures up depressing images of a last plastic souvenir sports bottle of lemonade poured on the dying charcoal briquettes of summer. It’s the end of the bright light and the beginning of the darkness. Vacation is over and the fun has expired.

Labor reflections

September 6, 2010 This writing gig is an absolute joy, and it’s often hard to keep from feeling guilty taking money for it. For that reason, I can’t really write about this trade in reference to the Labor Day holiday. It just doesn’t apply. But, I’ve had some jobs in my life, and on this beautiful weekend here in northwest Arkansas, some of them come to mind.The first job I had, in the seventh grade, was a subcontracting partnership between me and Chris and Rosco King, down at the Dairy Queen on Harrison Street. We picked up trash on the parking lot, way early in the morning, before school.

Learning by doing

September 6, 2010 In black and white it’s hard for me to picture Clark Gable and Doris Day as a couple. Who am I kidding? Even in color it would be hard for me to picture Gable and Day as a couple on the big screen, and that’s probably what kept me from watching the movie “Teacher’s Pet,” despite having owned the DVD for nearly two years.That was until a few weekends ago.

Legislators change vote

September 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — In a rare move, a legislative subcommittee working on adequate funding of public schools last week reversed a vote it had taken a week earlier.The Joint Adequacy Evaluation Oversight Subcommittee initially had recommended spending an additional 2.5 percent on public schools next fiscal year.After the governor and some legislators expressed concerns about the funding recommendation, the subcommittee agreed to backtrack on its prior vote. Some legislators also expressed doubts about how quickly the recommendation was made.

More on ‘Three for a Dime’

September 3, 2010 Those who enjoyed the “Three for a Dime” feature in Thursday’s edition of the Guard may be interested in reading more about the Massengill family, who traveled around the state from 1937-41 in “photo trailers,” taking photos and selling them three for a dime.Jim and Mancy Massengill of the Almond community started the business after Mancy examined the lens of a photo booth in the Ben Franklin store in Batesville. She got the name and address of the lens manufacturer, then sold chickens to raise money to send to Chicago for the lens.

Koran burning planned for 9/11

September 2, 2010 In case you missed some of the lowlights of the 20th century, one charismatic pastor from Florida is trying to bring them back. Yes, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville is planning a Koran burning for the ninth anniversary of 9/11. His church, the ironically named Dove World Outreach Center, plans to show its contempt for the Islamic holy book, a tome the pastor admits he’s never read, by using it as fuel for a bonfire.

100-year gap in education

September 2, 2010 Award-winning author Tony Horwitz seeks to fill in a 100-year gap in his public education in his 2008, 445-page book “A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.”In elementary school, he writes, he was taught about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock in 1620.And of course, he was taught about Christopher Columbus in 1492.But what, he wondered, happened during the 100-plus years between those two dates? Did nothing happen in North and South America during that span of time?