February 3, 2010
I’ve always heard that one’s past can come back to haunt them.Mine has.And it’s a woman.She’s blonde and blue-eyed and apparently can recall certain things from the late ’60s and early ’70s with clarity and, for her, a lot of humor.The fun started for her after I accepted her as a friend on Facebook. After we caught each other up on jobs, relationships, kids and grandchildren we got around to other topics.Enter my Tammy Wynette days.“Remember when you stood on Grandma Rand’s front porch and would sing ‘Stand By Your Man?’” she wrote.
February 2, 2010
I think I have a drinking problem.Well, a drinking glass problem, anyway. It all started one daywhen my pal Mary Jo Shivey came into the Guard and spotted a Tervis Tumbler on my desk. “Wow! How neat! They’ve been around for years,” she said. “It’s an expensive glass.”Ooooh-Kaaaaaay, I thought. What’s the big whoop?She ranted and raved over it enough that it piqued my interest. I had to Google it.
February 2, 2010
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Want a preview of Arkansas’ top election year fights in 2010? Step into the state Capitol.The House speaker is running for a congressional seat that’s being eyed by at least three other lawmakers. The Senate president has been flirting with a run for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s seat. Several northwest Arkansas Republicans are considering running for a seat now held by Rep. John Boozman, who also will enter the U.S. Senate race. A handful of east Arkansas lawmakers are considering runs for Rep. Marion Berry’s post.
February 1, 2010
LITTLE ROCK — The number of college students who need remedial classes rose significantly this year, from 51.3 percent to 54.6 percent.One factor in the increase has been a sharp rise in the number of non-traditional students over the age of 25 who are going to college. In the current slow economy, many adults are trying to improve their job skills and marketability by getting a college degree. However, they’re finding that they are not prepared for college level course work so they must first take remedial classes in math, reading and English.
February 1, 2010
The award season is upon us. A few weeks ago it started with the People’s Choice Awards and on Sunday the 52nd Annual Grammys aired on CBS while the Oscars take the stage in March. I’ve always been a fan of award shows, the celebrities and the clothes. In fact, the clothes are just as fun to watch as the acceptance speeches and it’s just as fun to imagine what it would be like to be a part of it.
January 29, 2010
Fights over the Good Book in public schools have a long and ignoble history in the United States – from 19th century Bible Wars (when riots broke out over whose version of the Bible would be read in the morning) to current conflicts over Bible electives.Now three-in-one-month legal developments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee add fuel to the fiery rhetoric from all sides about when the Bible should come through the schoolhouse door.
January 28, 2010
During the recent near-zero weather and its followup, the still dang cold weather, my mind turned to gardening. Not that I want to plant a garden — I just want to think about planting a garden by selecting the varieties of vegetables and other plants that I would like to grow.It’s a way of going back to my childhood, for I did the same thing then. Back then, I wasn’t the boss of the household, but I could dream, couldn’t I? And I could at least ask mom and dad if it was possible to try a new variety of cucumber, or something.