Busy time of year

December 18, 2009 It was a busy weekend for our family, to say the least, with a wedding (and rehearsal dinner), family coming in from out of state, and the annual Compassionate Friends’ candlelighting service. But still, my stepmom caved in (as I like to think of it) and got a gingerbread house for my 7-year-old niece to do this past weekend. The gingerbread house has become an annual tradition, and while it sounds like fun in theory, in reality it is WORK.

Letters to the editor

December 17, 2009 City looks great Dear editor:I wish to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to the city of Batesville and to Johnny Abbott for the Christmas light displays at Riverside Park and downtown Batesville. Obviously there have been many hours spent on the planning as well as the installation of the lights.I have the privilege of driving through the park each evening as I go home from work, and it is such a pleasurable experience.Gerrie WebbBatesville

‘Broadway of America’

December 17, 2009 They say you learn something new every day (whoever “they” are), and maybe that’s right. I sure learned something new from a book loaned to me by Phyllis Holmes of Newport.Sure, I admit to writing a lot, but that’s because I read so much — newspapers, wire stories and other stuff on the computer, books, even advertisements. But this book is different — you don’t have to be much of a reader to enjoy it because it is chock full of pictures.

Road trip

December 16, 2009 The chillerins dropped word on us, several weeks back, to hold open the dates of Dec. 17 through Dec. 21… as if we ever have anything planned. Naturally, we assumed, given the broad window, that they were concocting some kind of trip. Being the anti-social type that I am, my first hope was that it would be to some remote corner of the country where there were very few people and maybe a lot of sand, cigars and adult beverages. Maybe some place we could drive to in order to minimize my admittedly irrational hatred of air travel. But that was not how it turned out.

Musician laid to rest

December 16, 2009 Out of all the Ward children, Lynn was the only one I didn’t know. Probably because he was older, and only a few years in age makes a big difference when you are a child.I did know brothers Danny, Jackie, Randy and David, along with sister Janice.The person in the Ward family I remember most was their mother Lorene. I can still recall her walking to and from work through extremely cold and hot weather in order to raise her children, back when raising a house full of children was hard.And she did a really good job.

Holiday spirit

December 15, 2009 The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we’d arrived.It was Christmas Eve 1976. We were 20 miles from home, visiting my mother’s sister at her home in the country.Earlier that evening, my mother, father, grandmother and sisters had piled into the station wagon to begin our trek.I was 14 then. My sisters and I were getting older — growing up. Only our youngest sister still believed in Santa Claus.Teenagers don’t much enjoy being stuck in a car together and the annoyance was clear.

The Great American Comeback

December 15, 2009 In an effort to boost my finances and exposure in these troubled economic times, I am hereby officially linking myself romantically to Tiger Woods. Never mind that I am a 57-year-old male cartoonist who has never played real golf and is clobbered by his own children at mini-golf. But that’s my day job. By night I am transformed, via blonde wig, stilettos, a model-thin physique, creamy skin and luscious eyes, into a siren of the 19th hole!So, I’m waiting, TMZ! And here’s your headline: COUGAR MAULS TIGER.