Civil War battle was fought at Lunenburg

March 4, 2010 The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society has applied for matching funds from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial to be used to erect a historical plaque telling about Lunenburg’s involvement in the Civil War.About that involvement — thereby hangs a tale. And not only a tale, for an unfortunate man was also hanged, although the folks who put the rope around his neck were only trying to scare him into confessing for a misdeed. No one knows whether the man was guilty or not.But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Freedom and faux populism

March 4, 2010 The trick to great rhetoric is to pick a word or phrase everyone likes and no one can possibly be against. Then take that expression and be completely for it daring anyone to challenge you.

Taking ‘ick’ out of sales

March 3, 2010 Bring up the topic of sales, and you’ll likely get eye rolls from people who believe that “selling” is all about high-pressure tactics, telemarketing calls at dinner, pushy, plaid-jacketed liars and smooth-talking, slick-haired hucksters peddling snake oil out their trunks.In a Gallup annual honesty and ethics poll, sales people consistently rank below Congressmen and lawyers.   Only lobbyists scored lower.Ouch.

Some accounts of history are biased

March 3, 2010 “Why don’t they just teach what happened?” my friend asked. At our weekly meeting with the guys, I told about attending a workshop for secondary history teachers in northeast Mississippi.During the morning session, specialists from “Teaching for Change” — a politically progressive, D.C.-based resource for kindergarten through 12th grade — regaled participants with a host of activities and methodologies (pedagogy, for those academically inclined) proven to increase students’ interest in history.

Ready for spring to get here

March 3, 2010 The first clear, dry, almost-warm weekend and I’m out in the yard, soaking up the sun. Everybody I talk to seems to be in accordance — we’re ready for warm weather to get there. It’s almost as bad as a kid waiting for Christmas.

‘Sick by Vanilla’ ice cream

March 2, 2010 Late at night, right around the witching hour, and I’m  lying on the couch, watching “My Name is Earl” re-runs, eating something called “Death by Chocolate” directly out of the box. That’s only because I’m a courteous guy and don’t see the need to dirty up an ice cream bowl that would have to be washed. That’s how I roll.

Cuts could be in future

March 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —  The first fiscal session in Arkansas history lasted three weeks and went very smoothly.There  were some disagreements between the governor and legislators over a few budget issues, but the amount of money in dispute was a small fraction of less than one percent of total state spending. As always happens during legislative sessions, the disagreements were ironed out after both sides compromised.