Beauty can be found anywhere

June 3, 2009 I am fascinated with things of beauty. Many people don’t know this about me, but I enjoy art. Paintings, drawings, etc. I also enjoy a decent ballet. The poetry of human motion has always captivated my attention — admittedly, mostly on football fields and basketball courts — and what more could ballet possibly represent?

Not par for the course

June 3, 2009 A two-holer.That’s what the Walnut Ridge Country Club will have in 30 days after a court ruling said it has to move seven of the nine holes they now have.The decision handed down by Circuit Judge Harold Erwin of Newport stated the six holes and part of a seventh are in violation of the Federal Aviation Administration because the course is in too close proximity to the airport.

How I spent my summer vacation

June 2, 2009 I remember several grade school years when the first English assignment in September was to write, specifically, “How I spent my summer vacation.” Uh…wasted, mostly, was my usual answer to that. But oh, Lord, some of those summers were so much fun.

Hollywood needs a remake

June 2, 2009 I thought it was pretty bad when I heard that Hollywood was doing a remake of “Footloose.” True, I used to think Kevin Bacon was hot stuff (I am an ’80s girl, after all) and sang loudly and off-key whenever anything from the soundtrack came on the radio, but that does not mean I think the movie is overdue for a remake.

Watchdog for school reforms

June 1, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Ken James spent more than five years as Arkansas’ education commissioner, fighting battles he didn’t pick.He wasn’t behind the law requiring tiny school districts to consolidate or many of the other reforms the state took up in response to the long-running Lake View school funding case.

Can you sign this?

June 1, 2009 You know that feeling you get when you slip your hand inside a coat pocket and find money you didn’t know you had?I had the same feeling last week after getting the mail and finding a self-addressed stamped envelope containing an autographed picture from actress Debra Paget.It had been nine months or more since I had sent her a letter, in which I  requested an autograph while also telling her how much I enjoyed her acting and movies, most notably, “Love Me Tender” with Elvis Presley.

Good deal for the press?

May 29, 2009 When a North Carolina weekly newspaper asked for and was given a $50,000 business loan by town aldermen in mid-May, no quotation from free-press defenders and the nation’s founders like Madison and Jefferson immediately came to mind.Rather, it was a thought sometimes expressed by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, often a critic of the press: “With the shekels come the shackles.”

Let the shopping begin

May 29, 2009 I bought my first Christmas gift.That’s right, for Christmas 2009.Every year I think to myself that I’ll start early, and how early is this? It’s not even June.The minute I saw it in the store I knew it was a perfect gift. It brought back so many good memories and I knew the recipient would get a kick out of it.