Hammers, nails and tears

April 29, 2009 Remember when you were in grade school and at the first of each year you had to write an essay on how you spent your summer vacation? Well, here’s how I spent my first week of vacation.Monday started out bad and went downhill from there. I had so many things on my to-do list that I dumped lotion on my toothbrush instead of toothpaste. Ugh!!!

Dealing with disaster

April 28, 2009 It’s been three months since last winter’s ice storm, and many of us are still dealing with debris. This weekend, Gary and I went to his mom’s in Jonesboro, where some neighborhoods had such destruction that they looked like war zones, and that’s not an exaggeration, unfortunately. My mother-in-law has a sizeable driveway with pine trees lining both sides. Immediately after the ice storm, some of those trees were uprooted while others just had some major limbs snapped off or barely hanging on.

Wait’ll next year, part 3

April 28, 2009 It’s 2009. What rational human being can possibly believe in the power of curses in this modern age? Well…While my ego says “don’t be stupid, there’s no such thing as a curse,” my id disagrees.

California and the crown

April 27, 2009 I guess Perez Hilton, who’s gained fame for gossiping about celebrities though his online blog www.perezhilton.com, was expecting to get a politically correct answer as a judge during last week’s Miss USA pageant.Boy, was he mistaken when Miss California, 21-year-old Carrie Prejean, opened her mouth.During the pageant’s question and answer segment, Prejean was asked her opinion about same-sex marriage. Now, others think it’s what cost her the crown that Miss North Carolina ultimately won.

GOP politics divided

April 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Republicans say a contested primary for the U.S. Senate would give their party a chance to reinvigorate itself, but it may end up becoming another showcase for the factions that have long divided the state GOP.More than a year before the 2010 primary, the names of candidates and potential candidates can already be neatly placed into the categories that have divided the state’s GOP politics: northwest Arkansas versus central Arkansas. Fiscal conservative versus social conservative. Hutchinson versus Huckabee.

How to combat small biting critters

April 24, 2009 Ahhhhh, spring! The sun shines longer and warmer, and Pandora’s box of critters that try to make life miserable, begin to flourish.We’re talking mainly about ticks, chiggers and fleas, here.The blood sucking critters can pretty well be controlled around the home with either granules or sprays especially formulated to kill them.

Finding one’s calling

April 24, 2009 This is an open letter to next month’s graduating seniors.Dear Seniors,If you want to succeed in life but aren’t quite certain how to, that’s because life offers you different options. In fact, life’s a lot like “Let’s Make a Deal.” You’re about to have to choose Door 1, Door 2, or Door 3.

Wait’ll next year, part 2

April 24, 2009  So here we go again. It’s 2009 and the Chicago Cubs look like they might very well be the best team in the National League.Good hitting has long been a Cubs’ hallmark. Alfonzo Soriano homered in the eighth inning last Friday to beat the traditional rival Cardinals. Aramis Ramirez one-upped him Saturday, hitting his two-run homer in the 11th for the walk-off win. The Cubs have plenty of hitting.

Politically correct terms

April 23, 2009 Political correctness is a term everybody loves to hate. Where in the world did it come from, and can we ever return to just plain old common speech?The answer to the first part of the question is inconclusive at best. One source traced the term back to Mao’s “Little Red Book.” Some trace it even further to roots of Marxism. Regardless of the etymology, politicians, pundits and posers of all stripes have used the term for decades.