Ex-Perts wanted for new book

November 9, 2011 With all my wit and wisdom it’s time.Time to add all my dos and don’ts to formulate what could be a best seller.With my Ex-Pert knowledge, along with other Ex-Perts, we can churn out “The Secret Lives of Ex Wives.”Think about how much fun it will be.The headline alone implies that we are specialists with knowledge worthy of sharing.

Veterans Day: Is it enough?

November 8, 2011 “What have you done for us lately?”I don’t think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he did.Veterans Day can be like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day — an occasion to heap praise upon individuals whom we spend the rest of the year ignoring, tolerating or circumventing. A week’s worth of bumper stickers, newspaper interviews, special discounts and grade school essays soon give way to the daily grind.

National emergency alert planned; Ark. torte reform law challenged

November 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.  The test will be transmitted over radio and television stations, satellite TV and satellite radio networks, cable TV and wireline video services. For years state and local emergency management agencies have tested similar alert systems on a monthly basis, which warn the public of threatening weather and other emergencies. 

Reading, a common bond

November 8, 2011 As a teenager, I decorated my room with posters from various magazines like Bop and Tiger Beat. Unfortunately, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford weren’t usually in these magazines (and Star Wars magazines were hard to find in my teenage scope of the world at the time), so I had to make do with posters of Michael J. Fox, River Phoenix, Jon Bon Jovi and yes, I’ll admit it, New Kids on the Block. Of course, I outgrew the magazines after a few years and when I went to college, it was time to take the posters down.

Well-intended comments can suck the life out of people

November 8, 2011 Are you sabotaging people without realizing it?We want the people around us to do their best, but sometimes, in our efforts to “help,” we wind up making them feel worse.I’ve watched well-intended bosses, parents and spouses unknowingly crush the very people they want to build up. Sometimes a single ill-timed comment is all it takes to send your confidence crashing to the floor.Here are four of the most common soul-sucking things well-intended people say when they’re trying to help:1. There’s a typo on page 3.

Some of these may sound familiar

November 7, 2011 Dear editor:The German people were said to be carefree and happy in the ’20s, enjoying the freedom of a republican form of government and a booming economy. The Golden Twenties, it was called. Then came the pain of the Great Depression, and with it, Hitler’s opportunity. What followed was the nightmare of Hitler’s National Socialist Movement, or Nazism. Here is a list of some of its characteristics and policies. Some may sound disturbingly familiar.• Heavy regulation on private business• Demonization of wealthy business owners

Hank takes ‘last ride’ in Arkansas

November 7, 2011 Rarely have I went to the theater two weekends in a row to see the same movie.No. 1, it’s expensive.No. 2, Little Rock isn’t the same as a trip to Batesville, distance-wise.

Evening entertainment in the Ozark Gateway

November 4, 2011 Although the Ozark Gateway is best known as a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, and biking, it also offers a variety of family-friendly evening activities including comedy, theater, and music. The Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater, located at 201 E. Main St. in Batesville’s historic downtown, showcases country, bluegrass and gospel music as part of the regular 2nd Friday Downtown community event.

Sixth-grader wins round for student religious expression

November 4, 2011 If you wonder why many Christian parents view public schools as hostile to their faith, talk to Michael Ayers, father of a sixth-grader in the Pocono Mountain School District in northeastern Pennsylvania.Last December, his little girl wanted to hand out invitations to schoolmates inviting them to a church Christmas party. Because kids were routinely allowed to distribute fliers inviting students to birthday parties, dances and other activities, K.A. (as she is described in court filings) assumed she could pass hers out, too.

Oprah — How I miss you

November 4, 2011 I was sick last week and had to miss work. I had to drag myself out, however, to take my daughter to school that morning. I drove in my pajamas and didn’t even bother to brush my hair. Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? I rarely get sick, but I caught a cold that felt like the flu. The only bright spot in an otherwise miserable day would have been the opportunity to watch the Oprah Winfrey show that I rarely get to watch due to my working hours.