Dreaming of Springtime

January 28, 2010 During the recent near-zero weather and its followup, the still dang cold weather, my mind turned to gardening. Not that I want to plant a garden — I just want to think about planting a garden by selecting the varieties of vegetables and other plants that I would like to grow.It’s a way of going back to my childhood, for I did the same thing then. Back then, I wasn’t the boss of the household, but I could dream, couldn’t I? And I could at least ask mom and dad if it was possible to try a new variety of cucumber, or something.

Less order in the court

January 27, 2010 I had no doubt that if Jill and the Lord were going to “buddy up,” then the cancer would know it had met some tough opposition. 

Best and worst cooks

January 26, 2010 I’ve found yet another reality show I most definitely don’t want to be on (besides “Hoarders”): “Worst Cooks in America” on the Food Network.If you’ve not seen it, 12 people who were nominated by friends and family have divided up into two teams, and each week they are instructed, bootcamp-style, by two chefs whom I’ve never heard of. The winner will get $25,000 and, I suppose, the satisfaction of knowing they are not the worst cooks in America. That title may go to the first two people who were sent home.

Money matters at legislature

January 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — State legislators will not receive any raises in salary next fiscal year, under spending recommendations approved by the Joint Budget Committee.The committee wrapped up budget hearings in preparation for the fiscal session that begins February 8. One of its final decisions was to recommend holding salaries of all elected officials at their current levels. Senators and members of the House of Representatives are paid $15,869 a year. The Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate are paid $17,771 a year.

Elvis Presley ate here

January 25, 2010 It sure didn’t look like much from the outside.And even on the inside it looked like something out of an Italian mob movie set in the 1970s. In fact, some areas, like the front register looked as if that was the last time it had ever been straightened up.I was a little apprehensive to venture into this establishment in Memphis. The door was tinted and the brick building looked rundown and not a place to be at in the middle of the day on South Parkway in Memphis.

Poll: Lincoln in trouble; Beebe soars

January 22, 2010 Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s upset victory over Democrat Martha Coakley Tuesday night altered the national political landscape in the health care debate and could have profound repercussions for the Democratic majority in Congress, including Arkansas’ closely-watched U.S. Senate race.Brown’s win handed the GOP a 41st seat in the U.S. Senate, a milestone that whittles away a filibuster-proof majority for Democrats.  His victory will also call into question the national strategy for holding incumbent Democratic seats amidst a toxic political environment.

‘Gold at Sulphur Rock!’

January 21, 2010 It’s a pity that local schools throughout the United States don’t teach the history of their own areas. For instance, how many students in this area know about the once famous Chart Rock near Evening Shade? Or that Sulphur Rock once had a gold strike, or at least a gold rush of sorts?