There is a fine art to casual loafing

October 18, 2011 Storm clouds were brewing like fresh morning coffee in the normally placid parsonage this past week. I will not say that things got out of hand, which is not to say they did not. I just will not say.I sensed a growing controversy between my wife and myself. Its genesis came about because of some silly mix-up, I assure you. Usually, mix-ups come about because of some misunderstanding and boy, do I sure miss my understanding. I have misplaced mine for so long I honestly cannot remember when I had it last.

Conversations with Mom

October 17, 2011 Over the past year, I’ve been having weekly conversations by phone with my mother, Tina Carr, who’s now 85 and living the good life in Florida. Before that we spoke about four or five times a year on birthdays and major holidays. That was it.My part of the tale is that I was waiting for my mother to call me more often and I took what I saw as her lack of effort as proof of something deeper. I had an entire backstory why it was OK that I wasn’t dialing the phone either.

Black ‘Steel Magnolias’

October 17, 2011 The 1989 movie “Steel Magnolias” is one probably every woman from the South has seen. Then again it’s probably one seen by every woman, Southern or not.  Like the film “Fried Green Tomatoes” I get the feeling that hundreds of men around the country cringe at the thought of the female in their lives watching this movie more than once. (It just seems more of a chick flick than a movie a man would willingly want to see. Then again I’ve been known to be wrong.)

Mammoth, Davidsonville, Powhatan parks celebrate history

October 14, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series about museums in the Ozark Gateway Region.Many of the Arkansas State Parks include museums that chronicle and celebrate the rich and varied history of the region. Five of those museums are located in the Ozark Gateway Region at Mammoth Spring, Davidsonville, Powhatan Courthouse, Jacksonport, and the Ozark Folk Center state parks. Each captures the spirit of the region with exhibits, activities and entertainment for the entire family, and annual events and celebrations. Mammoth Spring State Park

How to moderate the power of lobbyists

October 14, 2011 There is a fundamental question raised by lobbying of the Congress. It is this: Can we temper its excesses without destroying its usefulness as a valued component of the system?

Prepare for Doomsday

October 14, 2011 I love the show “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura” and when I found out they were in Mountain View last week and our reporter Larry Stroud had the opportunity to interview one of the cast members — I was so jealous.

Behind the scenes … every woman has a story

October 13, 2011 Extra, extra!Our 2011 Women in Business magazine is here and will be part of Thursday’s Batesville Daily Guard and we can’t wait for our readers to see the finished product. This year, we wanted our readers to really get to know these individuals on a more personal level and there are plenty of interesting women to read about.Here is a sneak peak.

The Christian — Mormon dispute: Are we barking up wrong tree?

October 13, 2011 As expected, the debate over whether Mormonism is a branch of Christianity has resurfaced in this the prelude to another presidential election year. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is once again the target of zealous Christians, bent on discrediting him for his out-of-the-mainstream faith as a member of the LDS Church.Perhaps a more pertinent discussion than the one over what constitutes Mormon ideology/theology is the one concerning what qualifies a person to lead the free world as president of the United States.

Media’s willfull deafness for protest

October 13, 2011 I’m told the best thing about having a hearing aid is being able to turn it off around boring or annoying people. When someone wants to ask you for money. When you’d just like some quiet. There’s a switch. You have the power to tune voices out.Which is exactly what the media have been doing to the Occupy Wall Street protesters.The demonstrators have said they want economic justice.And inevitably a talking head will wonder: “What do they want?”The demonstrators will say they want economic justice.