October 10, 2007 Dear editor: To all the thoughtful and kind people who were so generous with their time, love and help on Thursday night, Sept. 27, when Fred Gray died in Batesville:

My dad, Darth Vader

October 9, 2007 Sometimes I wonder if I am too attached to my cell phone. I mean, I went for most of my life without one — what, 21, 22 years or so?

Boycotting the sponge

October 8, 2007 I don’t think I’m going to allow SpongeBob in my house anymore.

Melting out the dross

October 4, 2007 My first memory of the word “dross” came from reading about the smelting of silver. But how many young people today know what “dross” means?

Meth is a challenge

October 2, 2007 If I live to be a hundred, I guess I will never truly understand the hold methamphetamine can have over a person.

Strange, ‘healthy’ foods

October 1, 2007 Did you know that bull testicles are low in fat? Or that Tripe (a Mexican soup made from the lining of a cow’s stomach) supposedly cures hangovers?

First televangelist dies

September 27, 2007 The world’s first televangelist, Rex Humbard, died Friday of natural causes at his Lantana, Fla., home. He was 88.