I like cemeteries. There it is. I've said it. There are days when I take a visit to one of the local cemeteries to walk around, clear my mind and think. When one opens their mind, it is amazing what one will learn.
During a recent walk through New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton, I came across a headstone with a touching epitaph. Messages found on the older markers were put there to remind of us the person buried nearby or as a means to express the sorrow and grief of those who are left behind on this mortal earth.
It is my studied opinion that no decade had better music than the 70s. The exception would be that timeless carryover from the 60s - the Beatles, a group that actually belongs to every generation since.
As a product of the South â€” and a lifelong resident â€” I can attest to the fact that thereâ€™s a Southern expression for practically everything.
I canâ€™t explain why we Southern folk turn our talk in a different manner. I just know that we do.
Recently, I became aware of this anew in a conversation with co-worker Maribeth Bueche, a native of Colorado. The language acquired in her midwestern upbringing didnâ€™t encompass a lot of words and phrases that are common to those us who have never lived above the Mason-Dixon Line.
It is a privilege to serve as publisher of your local paper. The Courier has a long and rich tradition of excellence, and my goal is to maintain and add to the newspaperâ€™s 137-year thread of reporting local news to the residents of Saline County.
Iâ€™m looking forward to getting to know people in the community and welcome any input you have. We have a solid staff with a good attitude and there is much to be done moving forward.
Not too long ago, I took my 2-year-old son, Dylan, to the zoo. I had been looking forward to this event for months because I just knew he would be absolutely mesmerized by seeing the animals.
Since he was six months old, his favorite books and toys all featured wildlife. He has always loved to play with his stuffed animals and often gets on all fours and roars like a lion.
Every time there is a dog or cat in our vicinity, his eyes light up. I thought the first trip to the zoo was going to be an incredible experience for him.
Itâ€™s that dreaded time of year again and all parents know what Iâ€™m
talking about: itâ€™s science fair project time at all the schools. Any
day now my kids will be bringing home a note announcing this dreaded
annual event. They will also inform me that I â€śhave toâ€ť to help them.
Great. I think Iâ€™d rather stick nails under my fingernails than come
up with one more idea for a science project.
Back when I was in school, we didnâ€™t do projects for science fairs
until we were in the 9th grade. That seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Whatâ€™s new, shiny and found all over?
No, itâ€™s not the new iPhone. Whatâ€™s found everywhere is -- everything! I see the â€śblandingâ€ť of America every day. You do, too, but may not even realize it. Blanding is the homogenization of our society and what it looks like. I am not making reference to race or skin color. Let me explain.
One of the things I value when dealing with a company is customer support services and do they listen when you call with a problem. Sprint has been my wireless phone carrier of choice for nigh onto 15 years â€“ despite some of their delivery problems.
I felt through the years their pricing police were fair (as can be expected from this type company) and the fact they still offer unlimited data for a flat rate.
It's widely known that crisis situations tend to bring out the best in people.
Even the cranks and complainers often come forward to offer help when they see that the chips are down for others who truly need help.
This has certainly been true in many instances in recent days in this community and, I'm certain, throughout the state. Saline County was hit hard in the recent ice storm that caused extensive property damage.