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.

The marrying town

July 30, 2009 When we were asked to choose a place to travel to and highlight as a tourist destination, I have to be frank when I say Piggott (front page article) was not what came to mind. It was not even a blip on my radar. I mean, what could there possibly be in a town called Piggott?Well, after spending a day seeing what Piggott has to offer I changed  my tune. Why did I stay only one day? I had a great time. Sure, there are tourist attractions, which are talked about in my front page article, but there is so much more.

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….”