Green lights

June 14, 2011 There’s an old saying that says, go in the direction of the green lights. It means stop pushing against what you want that’s not working and just head in the direction of what’s more easily unfolding. Let go of insisting, try a contrary action and get on with things.That’s not how most of us work.

Women in the Civil War

June 13, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, as hundreds of Arkansas men make their way into the ranks of the Confederate Army, the ladies of Little Rock make preparations for the impending military campaigns in which the men would soon find themselves. Akin to the wonders women performed during World War II in manning the homefront, 1861 women of Arkansas likewise rose to the challenge in ways never before seen in America.

Ledge update

June 13, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — For the second time this year a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging how the state of Arkansas treats people with developmental disabilities.A legal challenge of policies at the Conway Human Development Center, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, was dismissed last week. A related suit filed by the U.S. Justice Department was dismissed in January. The lawsuits challenged treatment methods at Arkansas Human Development Centers.

Little boy’s fishy excitement

June 13, 2011 A little boy came into the office with his mom last week, excited over the tiniest thing: “baby fish.”As a member of our staff helped his mom, the little boy found himself drawn to our fish tank, not an uncommon occurrence for children visiting the Guard. “Look Mom, look at the baby fish,” he kept telling her, his voice sounding so bubbly.His utter excitement over the fish and his energy made me smile as I listened from my desk and hearing the way he spoke made me think what a friendlier world it would be if more adults sounded that joyful when speaking.

Daydream believer

June 13, 2011 This is a dream come true. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have made a scientific discovery that should thrill those who are overweight but spend much time picturing their next meal.The better you are at conjuring up images of yourself munching food, the less likely you are to actually overeat.Who knew?

Media gadflies reviled, revered

June 10, 2011 Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart is highly partisan, frequently newsworthy — and, likely depending on your political views, to be roundly admired or soundly criticized.But Breitbart is credited by all with first reporting the indiscreet tweets of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.  It’s the latest in a series of headline incidents involving the digital entrepreneur and his unique new-media mix of publishing, sensationalism and political advocacy.

Anthony Weiner, hypocrite

June 10, 2011 As many as 300,000 children are taken from their homes every year from neglect and abuse. In light of that, it is a blight on America even to think or to know that a member of the Congress of the United States has been sending email tweets to young women he doesn’t even know, taking advantage of them for his own apparent sexual pleasure.Anthony Weiner, you are a pervert and you should step down NOW!! Your blatant hypocrisy is never more evident than when your record as a self-proclaimed defender of youth is examined.

Rememebering legendary cattleman

June 9, 2011 It was so hot Monday that I thought of Alvis Bray.Mr. Bray — and I just cannot follow usual journalistic style and drop the “Mr.” on this one because we were always taught to call him Mr. Bray and it would seem disrespectful to do otherwise — always was so hot and tired when he came riding up to our house between Sandtown and Cushman once each summer after spending all day on horseback looking for lost cattle.To a small child like me, he was legendary — a real cowboy.

The curse of mindset

June 8, 2011 Do you ever feel unappreciated?You put in a long day, you complete all the tasks, you do the right thing by your family, yet people still complain.Why? Are they ungrateful and self-absorbed?Maybe.Or it could be the curse of mindset.Did you know that people respond more to your subconscious messages than your actual words?Scientific studies reveal that when you’re interacting with someone: 7 percent of what they respond to is your content, the words you say.

Needed — Washing machine that works

June 8, 2011 I need to buy a new washing machine. I guess I’m out of luck.I refer to a fascinating article written by Mark Thornton for Mises Daily, part of the Ludwig von Mises Institute website ( to the government, you see, washing machines aren’t what they used to be — and they’re getting worse.It wasn’t long ago — prior to World War II — that folks washed their clothes by hand or used clunky hand-cranked machines.During the postwar consumerization boom, labor-intensive clothes washing was made easy by automatic electric machines.