Bucket list lacking

July 29, 2009 I’m worried that I don’t have a bucket list.And let me tell you, life hasn’t been so exciting and fulfilling for this middle-aged, overweight white woman that I don’t need one.The only off the wall plans I have for the future is to hop on a plane, fly to Bangor, Maine, and come home.I know, you think that’s the most exciting and creative idea anyone has come up with, but I’ve been thinking about doing that since the ’70s and have no clear-cut reason why.

Rewriting History

July 29, 2009 What do you take with you (speaking metaphorically) on your journey through this life? Most people, I think, don’t want the additional baggage of the bad memories, so they use the available storage space for the good ones. And generally, there’s only room for the best of those. I tend to be a packrat — never throwing anything out unless there is just absolutely no place to put it. If you don’t believe that, please take a look in my garage. Tools, for example are scattered all over the place.

Snapshots in time

July 28, 2009 Some things are indelibly imprinted on our minds. I call them snapshots in time. Snapshot… November 1963 Music was always a fun subject in school, especially as the holidays approached. “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go…The horse knows the way….”

Fight gives Ross new clout

July 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s headache in trying to steer his health care legislation through Congress is turning into a political windfall for Mike Ross.The Democratic congressman from Arkansas’ 4th District has moved from a low-profile member of the state’s congressional delegation to its most well-known face over the past two weeks.Leading a group of fiscally conservative Democrats voicing concerns about Obama’s health care proposals, Ross is enjoying his time in the spotlight.

Old buildings, new name

July 27, 2009 It’s true. The only thing constant in life is change. While I try to be mindful and accepting of this fact in my personal life, I can’t help but be bothered when groups want to do away with something historical because it’s too old, doesn’t draw attention like it used to, or because room needs to be made for a parking lot or something more aesthetically pleasing. In this case, I am referring to Chicago’s Sears Tower. Excuse me, I mean Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Reflection: America’s freedom

July 24, 2009 OK, so Memorial Day and July 4th have gone by, it’s about six weeks until Constitution Day, the anniversary of the Bill of Rights doesn’t arrive until Dec. 15 ... and it’s the middle of summer.None of those annual calendar prompts are conveniently available to cause us to celebrate America’s basic freedoms … and it’s the middle of summer, for gosh sakes.

A bumper crop for Barack

July 24, 2009 Sentiment toward President Obama surely is shifting if bumper stickers have anything to do with it:How’s that hopey, changey thing working out for you?Bankrupt America? Yes, we can!I hope I have some change left in four years.Those are some of the top sellers at CafePress.com, an on-demand printer that allows people to customize and sell their own bumper stickers, T-shirts, mugs and other items. More than 200 million items are available at the site.

Down on the farm

July 23, 2009 What would children of today do without all their electronic gizmos? Well, here’s a few things country kids did for entertainment before television, cell phones, compact discs etc. came along; and in some cases, although not in my case, before electric service came to rural homes.