Gardening questions

June 8, 2010 It’s the second week of June, and I still don’t have any squash or zucchini ready to pick, not to mention peppers. Is this normal?I’m still learning the ropes when it comes to this gardening stuff. This is my first year to have any kind of bed whatsoever — something besides a few pots on my back deck. I chose squash and zucchini because it seems like every gardener I know ends up with too much, so I figured they couldn’t be that hard to grow, right?

Better off dreaming

June 7, 2010 I sat on my tuffet, I ate my curds and whey and one would have thought that spider was real.It was the perfect Oscar-worthy moment during that little church production of “Little Miss Muffet” in El Dorado, if I do say so myself, but that’s about as far as “Lacy Mitchell the actress” ever went in public.Still, the dreams of bright lights, big stages and movie cameras have never subsided and it will always be one thing I wish I would have pursued even if only on the small stage.

The bright side of the BP oil spill

June 7, 2010 To say the news coming out of the Gulf is not what you call encouraging, and it’s making people crazy. No. Really. Crazy. Louisiana native and Democratic strategist James Carville went off on the Ppresident like a string of overstuffed firecrackers in a pot-bellied stove. And for Carville to savage the leader of his own party either means he’s mad as hell and can’t take it anymore or his wife Mary Matalin’s naggingly oppressive monotonic brain-washing has achieved full saturation. I would hazard a bit of both.

Look north this summer for vacation plans

June 4, 2010 Has the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico caused you to rethink your summer vacation plans? Cancel your Gulf fishing trip? Here’s a thought: Look north.I know a place with unique fishing, islands that rival the Caribbean, plenty of things to keep the family occupied, good eating, and best of all you don’t need a passport and everyone speaks English. Curious yet? It’s time to check out Lake Erie.Lake Erie, the 13th largest lake in the world, is one of the Great Lakes that spans the border between Canada and the United States, but it is so much more.

Road woes

June 4, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —  In recent years tax revenue from traditional sources for maintaining Arkansas state highways has been flat or in actual decline. At the same time the cost of fixing highways and bridges has gone up.Raising taxes is always politically difficult, and in an economic slowdown it becomes extremely so. However, when highway maintenance is postponed it quickly becomes more expensive.

Recession now or depression later?

June 4, 2010 Date nights are great nights! My wife and I enjoyed an awesome film during one of these over Memorial Day weekend.Typical for a Russell Crowe film, “Robin Hood” was brutal! Yet it was just the film to fit my flavor for “history” flicks. I would have called it, “Robin Hood: When Governments Go Broke” as this name is a better fit for the story.


June 3, 2010 If only more Americans had bought fixer-uppers.Maybe I better explain.My first house was in need of major renovations. Boy, did my father and I suffer when we improved the bathroom.The project started well enough. We tore down the old wall tile and put up wallpaper and a tub surround. We repainted, then put down a new floor. All we had to do to was reinstall the commode.The bolts that had secured the toilet to the floor had both broken. The hardware-store guy sold me a kit to reattach them.

Blowup over a mosque

June 3, 2010 Houston talk-show host Michael Perry couldn’t contain himself. When a listener named Tony called in May 26 to defend a plan to build an Islamic center near New York City’s 9/11 ground zero, Perry exploded.“No, no, Tony, you can’t build a mosque at the site of 9/11 ... And I’ll tell you this — if you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up ... I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.”

Double trouble

June 2, 2010 We got the call at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24.  I had just gotten back from the grocery store, after suffering a case of late night munchies and picking up an apple pie and, since I was there anyway, a turtle cake.  Seems the girls had decided they didn’t want to wait until their scheduled arrival on Thursday.  And they didn’t want grampa to be clogging any more arteries for a while.Maci Paige was the first out, at a little after midnight on Tuesday, followed closely by her little sister, Kennedy Alexis. 

Only suntan oil in Destin

June 2, 2010 Gary and I can tell you there’s no oil in Destin, Fla., at least none last week while we were there.It had been six years since we’ve taken a beach vacation, so last week we were Destin or Bust.