A toast to the feast

December 9, 2008 Friday night, I was transported across an ocean and time both to Merrie Olde England at the Arkansas State University Madrigal Feaste. Although I am an ASU alum and Gary was born and raised in Jonesboro, this was the first time he and I had ever attended the Madrigal Feaste. I loved it so much that I am ready to go back. We had a great time.

Trouble at Sunset Acres

December 9, 2008 "Let me get this straight. You moved into a gated retirement community and you're only 45?" "That's right. The wife and I paid 40 grand for a unit that was worth 120 grand two years ago! It's the best decision we ever made."

Gay marriage fight

December 8, 2008 Last time out, I addressed the fallout from the passage of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that bans same-sex marriage in California. Both sides, I argued, need to rethink their strategy of harsh attacks before the clash escalates out of control.

One year older

December 8, 2008 Is 25 the year? The year of feeling old but young? The year when older folks laugh because they think 25 is young; the year when younger folks believe 25 is ancient? Seeing that I don't feel too old, but I certainly don't feel too young, does that mean 25 is the year of feeling in limbo?

Remember Pearl Harbor

December 5, 2008 Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, began as a serene morning at the U.S. Navy base on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The warships of America's Pacific Fleet rested at anchor. Many sailors were preparing for church or relaxing, and all was quiet at Pearl Harbor.

On the silver screen

December 5, 2008 It's official. Batesville has hit the silver screen. Do you remember when I wrote after last Thanksgiving that my daughter Nell had done some shopping for Hollywood when home for Thanksgiving? She'd moved to Los Angeles the previous June after graduating from Lyon, hoping to start a career in television and film production.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 4, 2008 Writer: Tax will unite county Dear editor: I am writing this letter to encourage all the citizens of Independence County to vote for the one-quarter cent tax for economic development. Early voting has already begun at the courthouse in Batesville. December 9 is the date of the election.

Seeds of forecasting

December 4, 2008 Judging by several conversations recently, folks have been cutting lots of persimmon seeds open to see whether the embryonic matter inside is shaped like a spoon, a fork or a knife. According to folklore, the winter's weather is forecast by the shape found inside the persimmon seeds.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 3, 2008 Tax will make difference Dear Editor: Most of us would agree that being a resident of Independence County provides us with a hometown that we can be proud of. Why? It's simple really - our citizens. We are a diverse community filled with civic minded, hard working individuals. In many ways we have the best of both worlds -we live in an area with a low crime rate, affordable real estate tax base and good schools filled with dedicated educators helping to shape the minds of our future. Yet we are just an hour or two away from major shopping, specialized medical care, fine dining and recreational venues. With all the positives offered to County residents, we cannot overlook some powerful negatives.

Totin’ Tour de France

December 2, 2008 I swear we tried to cull our stuff. I even told the kids that they should turn their underwear inside out for the second week of our trip. But there we were, lurching through the streets of Paris, six huge bags in tow - my husband dragging the two largest -as we tried to flag down a taxi.