Rick’s big save

September 9, 2009 Where did the summer go? With Labor Day past, 22 weeks of the baseball season are in the books, and the big leagues enter the final four weeks of play.Other than the resurgence of the Detroit Tigers from last place to first, the division leaders are hardly surprising. The two most successful teams in major league history, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, both lead their divisions.

The real sacrifice

September 8, 2009 It’s easy to lapse into a feeling of knowing what true sacrifice is all about, especially for a soldier who deploys to the Middle East. After all, I’ve left my family and the comforts of being an American to spend a year in the harsh elements of Iraq, braving the hot summer temperatures, along with dust in my face and rainy, cold fall and winter weather, along with ankle-deep mud. Sacrifice, right?

Our autumn ‘staycation’

September 8, 2009 I don’t care what the calendar says: Fall has arrived. To me, autumn’s arrival is marked by the first cooler days, football games, Halloween candy in the grocery store aisles, no more white after Labor Day, the sequences of gunshots around our house heralding the opening of dove season and birthday shopping for the many fall birthdays in our family. Technically fall begins on Sept. 22, which is still two weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures outside or the retailers’ stock inside.

Senate field at saturation

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Maybe Arkansas Republicans are a bit too eager to challenge Blanche Lincoln next year.With six candidates already running for the GOP nomination to take on the Democratic senator, some in the party are starting to ask — how many candidates does one race need?

Senate field at saturation

September 7, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Maybe Arkansas Republicans are a bit too eager to challenge Blanche Lincoln next year.With six candidates already running for the GOP nomination to take on the Democratic senator, some in the party are starting to ask — how many candidates does one race need?

Not too shabby

September 7, 2009 Chandeliers, a media lounge with plasma TV and games, and a panoramic outdoors view worthy of any postcard. It’s a university common room, that’s anything but common for the Boston University students who live here.It’s being called one of the most posh dormitories that’s ever been and after reading a Boston Globe story about it, I would have to agree.  To quote Laurie Hanafin, who helped her daughter move in to the dorm this year:“Life is tough ... I’m going back to college. If there’s a martini bar, I’m staying,” she told the paper.

Cash for Clunkers: The Sequels

September 4, 2009 Got to give the president a big bowl of props for interrupting Obama-Rama on Martha’s Vineyard with his valiant effort to paint a big old smiling happy face on the side of the economy. Although in the future he might want to come up with something a bit more reassuring than, “We’re losing jobs at a much slower pace.” Hey everybody, did you catch that? The economy is doing less badly.

Something fishy with White River

September 4, 2009  The pictures my niece emailed of Lock & Dam 1 early this week at first seemed like some kind of Photoshop trickery, perpetrated perhaps by Clayton Cavaness — sitting before his computer screen in a dark office, stroking his chin, laughing under his breath. The dam was certainly recognizable in the photos, and there was the lock in the background, the big rocks below that middle spillway. I could even see Josie’s back there in one of them, so I know it was the right place. All that was missing was a little thing I like to call the White River.

Pushing buttons

September 3, 2009 “She’s just trying to push your buttons.”  “He’s such a manipulator.”  We often accuse people of being manipulative, but do you know how hard it actually is to manipulate others? It may seem like when, say for example, your mother (or your mother-in-law) repeats the same subtle jabs over and over that she’s doing it with the sole intent of making you nuts.  Caustic comments can feel like they are aimed directly at your heart.