July 21, 2009
During a quick trip home to Batesville over the weekend, finding it necessary to make the 300 mile drive from Westside to over near Newark, where the entire city has apparently decided to relocate, me ‘n Mama took our customary vehicular stroll down Main Street on the way back — just to get a look. Imagine our surprise when we saw the gutted remains of the Landers Theater, and a sign there proclaiming it to be the location of a new church.
July 20, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, (AP) — Public outrage over the high pay given to the Arkansas lottery’s top officials is no longer just a problem for the games’ director and its commission. It’s now turned into a liability for the governor and lawmakers.Months after signing a bill that gave the lottery commission authority to set up and run the games, Gov. Mike Beebe has started to criticize the panel for using the power that he and legislators gave it.
July 20, 2009
The best actors and actresses are the ones who don’t appear to be acting at all.Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock are two of those actresses. Their popularity and earning power proves that. Each has a way of making a moviegoer believe that what they’re doing is real. Many times it’s not what they say, it’s how they say it and what they do while they’re saying it.
July 17, 2009
Education. Batesville has a lot to be proud of in this realm. Though it still needs to grow, its Advanced Placement (AP) program is becoming one of many bright spots.I believe strongly in the AP program. Run by the Educational Testing Service, it has established teacher-developed national standards for excellence in many high school subjects.
July 16, 2009
The latest wrangle over religion and schools is in New York City, where the City Council recently voted to add two Muslim holy days to the schools’ holiday calendar.It may not happen, because Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gets the last word, opposes the idea. “If you close the schools for every single holiday,” the mayor told The New York Times, “there won’t be any school.”
July 16, 2009
Pupils of one-room and other small schools in this area (two-room, three-room, etc.) played town-ball rather than regular baseball, by their choice, according to an article by the late A.C. “Clyde” McGinnis in the July 1968 edition of the Independence County Chronicle.The differences between the two games are many, and various schools probably had variations of the rules for town-ball.One big difference is that the team doing the batting in town-ball also furnishes the pitcher.
July 14, 2009
I may be a pasty-faced white woman with working-class German and American roots, but I think my soul is Greek.I love this country. I’m writing from Greece, where I have discovered an entire country of people who share my values: eating and talking.I have hit the mother lode. The food is soaked in olive oil, everything is topped with crumbling feta and the people are the most enthusiastic, exuberant talkers I’ve ever met in my life.
July 14, 2009
Norman Rapp’s dad saved my life that day.Maybe I better explain.An article on MSNBC.com discussed how kids raised in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s are survivors. We survived chain-smoking adults, meat-and-potato diets and rough-and-tumble fearlessness of every kind.It was the Evel Knievel era, after all. Knievel became famous doing wheelies and jumping his motorcycle over cars and buses. Every kid with a bicycle sought to emulate him.
July 13, 2009
I had hoped to find a renewed sense of inspiration during a recent vacation. I just wasn’t expecting it to come from a petite, dark-haired woman who was born in 1900 and shared my last name.A bit superstitious, she would rub the lion’s head on a staircase wooden banister, hoping it would bring her good luck on her writing. “Feel free to do the same as we step inside the apartment,” said the tour guide as we entered the home that “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell shared with her second husband John Marsh.