Happy 74th, Elvis!

January 5, 2009 On his 11th birthday in 1946, he got a guitar. Some stories claim he wanted a bike, but something like that was too expensive for the son of a sharecropper from Tupelo, Miss. Besides, Elvis Presley, the bicyclist?

Higher power needed

January 5, 2009 Why do we always wait until things get awful before we ask for help? We wait until our marriage is in a ditch before we go to a counselor. We wait until our kid is failing before we hire a tutor.

A London Christmas

January 2, 2009 Diane, Nell, and I just had a different Christmas. We spent it in the merry old city of London, England, leaving home on the 20th and returning on the 29th. We'd been to England five times before, two of those times in London. We found this trip different in some ways, similar in others.

History repeats itself

January 1, 2009 During my years as a newspaperman, I've turned into a real news junkie. Often, when I'm up at 2 a.m. for one reason or another, I turn on the computer to look at Yahoo News for a few minutes. A news item a couple of mornings ago shocked me because it was so tragic and it so mirrored what happened in the winter of 1886 to little Johnny Lee in Izard County.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

December 31, 2008 Pay attention drivers Dear editor: There seems to be a constant problem at the stop light at St. Louis and College St. Although there have been countless accidents there, people still don't get who has the right of way. Maybe some who have moved here from another country should be required to take a drivers ed course before a license is issued. (Although some Americans are just as guilty.)

Tackling elephants

December 31, 2008 While the rest of the world is making resolutions to quit smoking, lose weight, get financially secure, organized or put more emphasis on their spiritual, mental and physical life, my resolution for 2009 is to tackle the elephant.

Time of transformation

December 26, 2008 Welcome to 2009 - and to the era of First Amendment 3.0. First Amendment 1.0 was the time of origination, when the Founders debated, discussed and eventually created in 1791 a statement - the first 45 words in the Bill of Rights - that both declared and protected freedom of religion, speech and press, and the rights of assembly and petition.

Another ancient mystery

December 24, 2008 The Phaistos Disc was discovered in 1908 in the Minoan palace of Phaistos about 20 inches above the floor in a basement room that could be entered only from above. The room also contained black earth, ashes and some burnt cattle bones.

Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2008 A united effort I wanted to publicly express my appreciation for some people that have worked hard to make this Christmas like no other in our community and whose work goes greatly unappreciated. These people, who work out of the kindness of their hearts and at the expense of their families, have made the spirit of Christmas evident in our community this year.

Packing on the pounds

December 23, 2008 Oprah's fat again, and - ahem - not to mention any names - but a few of the rest of us have porked up right along with her. America's favorite yo-yo dieter has fallen off the wagon again. But instead of wrapping herself in a mu-mu and ignoring it (which she could certainly do because - let's be honest here - who's going to call Oprah out?) she's gone public herself and is inviting us to join her as she works to reclaim her health.