Support systems in place

August 12, 2009 Do you have people in your life that you can count on to support you, no matter what?Sometimes it all depends on how you interpret the word “support.”We all need people who will be there for us in our darkest hours. People who will drop everything to come hold our hand in the hospital as we await news about a sick parent, spouse or child.And who doesn’t want to have people who will stick up for you if someone else tries to take you down?

Phone, text or post

August 12, 2009 I have no idea how I raised four children without having to phone, text or post something on Facebook to get their attention.I’m having quite a bit of fun with my 20-year-old live-in niece and since some of her friends have also let me into their social world there is no escaping the knowledge one can acquire.Those young people who thought they were exempt from having their parents/guardians pry into their lives made a grave mistake when they pushed the confirm button and accepted us as friends on Facebook.

More vacations in ‘Cheeseland’

August 11, 2009 Some months ago, I wrote about my childhood vacations, in particular those taken in “Cheeseland,” also known as Wisconsin, the Dairy State. At the end of that column, I promised more stories. With the multitude of requests I’ve received for those stories (thanks Barb), the last full week of summer vacation seems like the perfect time.

Less smoke

August 10, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Since Arkansas voters in 2000 approved a plan for spending revenue from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, the state has received about $446 million.A subcommittee of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee recently began a series of hearings to make sure the tobacco revenue is still being spent according to the wishes of voters. Auditors will measure administrative and personnel costs in each of the programs funded by the tobacco settlement. The subcommittee will have about 10 meetings.

College: The best time of my life

August 10, 2009 I cannot believe it’s been seven years. Seven years since I graduated from River Valley High School in Strawberry. Seven years since I packed up both my and my mom’s car with all the things I would need for the big world of college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.Has it really been seven years?

Online raises issues

August 7, 2009 When the poetic line “Oh what a tangled web we weave …” was penned a few centuries ago, Sir Walter Scott had no idea what irony those words might have when applied to the 21st century’s world of blogs, tweets, Web sites and free expression.Over just a few days in the last two weeks, these tangled issues were making news: