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Friday, Sep. 4, 2015
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Don't throw Granny away just yet
I saw part of a poem a few days ago that kind of resonated with me. It started out something like this: "Just because my hair is gray, give me time, don't throw me away." It goes on to say how much knowledge and wisdom the old have to share if they are just given the time and the opportunity to do so...
Good things happening in Blytheville!
Words do indeed have power. I remember hearing former County Judge Steve McGuire say many times, "It's a great day to be in Mississippi County." His words were equally powerful. The Bible tells us that the power of life and death are in the tongue. I also know that "you can't see it until you believe it", "misery loves company" and "birds of a feather flock together."...
Let's leap some tall buildings
Truth-telling isn't always easy. Sometimes it goes against the grain that runs deep in all of us, the one that says we have to present only our best selves to the world, and never let them see our hurt or scars or flaws or general ugliness. I'm not sure if that grain is one that just grows naturally in us humans, or if it's the result of generations and generations of cultural training and shaming, but no matter. It's there, and it's strong, baby...
When pigs fly, squeal, and run away
I am not calling the hogs, I am calling the hogs out for continuing to peddle former Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles' "Kool-aide" of squealing, crying and running away from an annual game with the Arkansas State Red Wolves Football team. Its loudest argument has been that Arkansas is too small to support two successful big time programs and therefore all support and resources should be directed to "Hog Heaven" in Fayetteville. Not true...
To tax or not to tax, that is the question!
With such a buzz going around town regarding the City Council sending a new 1 cent Sales and Use Tax to voters Tuesday evening, I feel it impossible to not weigh in. It needs to be said that I honestly like every member of the Council as well as the Mayor, personally. While I have absolutely nothing to gain from taking a position regarding the tax, as a member of the fourth estate I believe it is my responsibility to protect the citizens and explain (when I can) their leaders...
Better go and get your armor...
When I was a junior in high school, my friends and I walked into the main hallway from lunch one day and found the place covered in blood. No, seriously. It was everywhere, splattered on the doors, the rugs, pooled up in huge puddles on the floor. While we'd been in the cafeteria, one of our classmates had stabbed one of our other classmates...
Education is about relationships
Where do you begin and who is responsible for teaching children about human relationships? Everyone. Every person a child comes into contact with, whether they are young or old, male or female, loving or cruel, is a relationship teacher. Children learn about relationships from us (yes, you and me). ...
Blynd Justus and the vacuum
Greek philosopher Aristotle taught that "Nature abhors a vacuum". That is not only true in the physical world, but it is particularly true when it comes to power, trade and communities. Imagine, for example, what happens at your place of employment when the manager gets fired. ...
Cutting the garden down to size
Well, I finally did it this year. I bit off more than I could chew, planted too much garden for this crusty old body to keep up with. Even so, it has been a great growing year. So far, I have harvested two gallons of green beans; a quart of garden peas; a quart of pinto beans; about a pint of black beans; 25 garlic bulbs; at least that many large onions, and that many again to still come out of the ground, even though I have been pulling them salad sized pretty regularly as well; a gallon of carrots; 15 cucumbers (I pulled the vines after I was finished with my pickle canning); and about a dozen squash.. ...
Blytheville trends for wrong reason
Monday morning, Blytheville was trending. Unfortunately, the attention came via another tragic, senseless incident that seems to be becoming a trend itself-- resolving differences by firing bullets into another human being. Alongside Curiosity Rover, Megyn Kelly and Frank Gifford, Facebook listed Blytheville, Arkansas as trending for the weekend domestic-related shooting that left 19-year-old Adeline King dead and 11 others injured...
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