Words from a soldier

July 2, 2009 “I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.”Every soldier learns those words in basic combat training, but I wonder how many pause to think of those words as they say them. The mere implication of giving one’s life in defense of something should not be taken lightly, nor should the words be said without grave consideration of their true meaning.

On the Oregon Trail

July 2, 2009 On April 10, 1846, the Josephus A. Cornwall family left its home one mile north of Jamestown, south of Batesville, for Oregon.Two pair of yoked oxen were hitched to each of their two covered wagons, and Cornwall and his wife, Nancy Hardin Cornwall, rode in a carriage pulled by two mules, Jude and Jim.

Becoming Mr. Mom

July 1, 2009 I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole concept of “fatherhood” the past week or so. As I described in my last column, my father was very much a prototypical, 1960s- type dad. I’m a daddy, too. Three times a daddy, in fact. But I’m nothing at all like he was. And I’ve been through three different types of fatherhood, so to speak, so far.

The new normal

July 1, 2009 Your 401(k) has tanked, your job is hanging by a thread, and purchases you once considered routine are now major life decisions. Many have suggested the current economic challenges are causing us to rethink our values. That may be true, but I’m also still hearing people talk about when we get over “this” and things get back to “normal.”

Action vs. chick flick

June 30, 2009 I watched “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see that I was not the only female in the audience. In fact, there were quite a few, and I wasn’t the only person over 30, either.I am a movie junkie, but my case is particularly mild compared to some. I don’t blog about movies or listen to podcasts, but as you can see here I do sometimes write about what I’ve seen.

Prison chief has political clout

June 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Apologizing to lawmakers in 1995 for being slow to explain allegations of corruption, contraband and bribery, Correction Director Larry Norris said “a penitentiary system is a problem business.”By that standard, business is booming for Arkansas’ prisons.

This generation’s Elvis?

June 29, 2009 Those who are old enough will never forget where they were the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when man first walked on the moon. And just like the millions who will never forget where they were Aug. 16, 1977 when Elvis Presley died, neither will I forget where I was June 25, 2009 when hearing that Michael Jackson had died.

Letter to Mr. Gorbachev

June 26, 2009 In conjunction with my Reagan Legacy Foundation, I recently marked the 22nd anniversary of my father’s famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin by publicly announcing an agreement with the Mauer Museum to permanently house a wing dedicated to Ronald Reagan and his leading role in ending the Cold War and reuniting the German people.

Responsibility of the press

June 26, 2009 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Our Founding Fathers inextricably linked freedom of the press with freedoms of exercising religion, speaking publically, assembling peaceably and petitioning the government “for a redress of grievances.” In a sense, all these freedoms are sacred rights.