Giant of rock

August 6, 2009 An overlooked giant of rock ’n’ roll died Sunday in Jonesboro at 75.Billy Lee Riley, part of the legendary Sun Studio package between 1955 and 1960, was among the pioneers — the shapers — of rock ’n’ roll, and as he told a reporter once, it WAS rock ’n’ roll and not “rockabilly,” as the early music came to be known later.


August 6, 2009 Dear editor:Here is my two cents worth on the proposed government health insurance plan. The President has switched the rhetoric he spouts from “government health care plan” to “insurance reform” to try and get public support, yet I have not heard him or the Democratic leaders once mention the greatest drag on our health care system. They don’t mention it because they are more concerned with gaining future voters than they are in helping the citizens.

Awesome adventure

August 4, 2009 Ever see the 1980s movie “Space Camp”? Well, my version of Space Camp was nothing like the movie with Lea Thompson and a very young Joaquin (aka Leaf) Phoenix.

Deen’s buffet hits jackpot

August 3, 2009 When something tasted good to my dad, it wasn’t uncommon for him to compliment it by saying, “It’s so good it’ll make ya’ wanna slap your mama.” Last week, following  a stop at chef Paula Deen’s restaurant in Tunica, Miss., I would have to agree. Deen, who is one of a handful of chefs like Rachel Ray or Emeril Lagasse to become popular with TV audiences in recent years, currently has her own restaurant in the casino capital of the South, and boy is it good.

Weighing in for jobs

July 31, 2009 There’s been some debate in the media about whether or not Surgeon General nominee Regina Benjamin is too overweight for the position.   On behalf of chubby, middle-aged, smart women, I feel obligated to take up this cause. I’d like to know, which jobs do you need to be skinny for?  And when is it OK to bring a little extra girth into the office? Personally, I think Dr Benjamin looks fine.  Sure, she’s no Kate Moss, but C. Everett Koop was no Slim Jim either.

Words of wisdom

July 31, 2009 A couple of weeks ago, a Lyon alumna brought up the topics of intelligence and wisdom. She asked, first, if they were the same or different; second, if they were gifts or could be acquired; and, third, if a person could be wise if he separates himself from God. Meaty questions, no? Let’s think about them.Are intelligence and wisdom the same or different?

Sailing to new lands

July 30, 2009 In “Prince Madoc: Founder of Clark County, Indiana,” author Dana Olson lays out a chain of evidence that Madoc, of Wales, colonized a portion of the interior of what is now the United States starting about 1170 A.D.Now, that’s being a late-comer compared to some evidence around the country that dates much older and to expeditions/colonization from other civilizations. But this book is significant.