Power of Rock ’N’ Roll Hwy. 67

October 29, 2009 The creation of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 hopefully will boost tourism and spending in Northeast Arkansas, and it’s gotten off to a good start.The music and ribbon-cutting at the dedication of the highway drew a great crowd at Depot Days at Newport on Sept. 26 and great crowds also attended the two-day Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas at the northern end of the recently named road.

Fall decorating turns to veggies

October 28, 2009 Fall is a busy time for decorating, second only to Christmas, and the period when vegetables are valued more for their beauty than their flavor.Back when America was largely rural, bringing in the harvest was cause for celebration. Corn stalks were bundled into “fodder shocks” — stalks, ears, tassels and all — and stacked upright around light poles and near entries, and fed to livestock. Then came Halloween pumpkins, and Thanksgiving with its fresh fruit and colorful gourds gracing dining room tables.

Help wanted response

October 28, 2009 As the e-mail responses to my job posting came rolling in by the dozens, I searched in vain for just one that had a proper cover letter and resume. Instead, I found every manner of poorly written informal response along with the occasional generic cover letter full of nonsense words that in no way applied to the job I was attempting to fill.

Halloween is freedom

October 27, 2009 Halloween trends are telling.Just ask Robert Thompson, a pop-culture expert and the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.Here’s an interesting trend: Halloween has fast become the second-most-decorated holiday. Jack-o-lanterns and goblins and lighted trees are all over the place now.Halloween spending has risen to nearly $5 billion annually — not bad for a non-gift-giving, non-government-sanctioned holiday.And more adults than ever are dressing up.

Quality time with the family

October 27, 2009 Peter Pan and a dozen Tinkerbells, Rocky Balboa, Michael Jackson, Batgirl and Batman, Cleopatra, Transformers, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, Hannah Montana, football players and wrestlers, bumblebees, geisha girls, pirates, cowgirls, a Hershey bar and the usual assortment of vampires, grim reapers, devils, witches, mummies, glow-on-the-dark skeletons, etc.They were all out in full force this weekend at the Little Rock Zoo.

State has some cushion

October 26, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — When Gov. Mike Beebe announced last week that Arkansas had to cut $100 million from its budget, he sounded relieved that the cuts came early in the year.Compared to budgetary gloom in many other states, Arkansas’ early recognition of its financial woes is a silver lining.

Same taste in cars, music

October 26, 2009 Have you ever seen someone at a store or restaurant and thought you might have a lot in common with that person because of what he or she was wearing or doing.As a “people watcher,” I’ve thought this many times and, on occasion, have made friends because of this instinct.Currently, I think I might have a lot in common with the owner of a certain car. Last week was the second time I saw the black Dodge Stratus. The first occasion was about six months ago during a Main Street second Friday.Last week I parked next to it at El Acapulco.

‘Feelers not thinkers’

October 26, 2009 With much fanfare and ceremony, in May 2009, scientists and the media were celebrating the discovery of  what they described as the “Holy Grail of Human Evolution.” The so-called 47 million-year -old primate Darwinius masillae represented the long sought after missing link between humans and apes. During a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History lead scientist Jorn Horum said “This specimen is like finding the Lost Ark for archeologists... it will appear in all textbooks for the next 100 years.”