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Sense and Nonsense: Keep green bean casserole on the holiday table

December 3, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Thanksgiving has come and gone and just about everyone I know enjoyed food, fun and fellowship, as dear Thelma Crotts would describe an occasion.
Fort those who don't know Mrs. Crotts, I'll explain. She was the principal at Angie Grant Elementary School for many years. My son Allen was one of her pets, and he naturally adored her.
I never heard her describe any social occasion without including the word "fellowship." It probably resulted from her many years as a preacher's wife. We church folks do a lot of "fellowshipping."

Bake perfect Christmas cookies

December 3, 2012

By Kris Elliot

Even though my kids are teenagers, they still look forward to baking and decorating cookies for the Christmas season. It is a family tradition, one I hope they will pass down to their children. We are developing memories that will last a lifetime.

Benton Senior Center offers activities five days a week

December 3, 2012

By David Ufford

Almost every time you turn on the TV, you see news of some medicine being recalled or having caused physical distress.
However, there is good news — a no-cost, no-risk way to improve your health: It's called laughter.
Humor and laughter have been proven to activate the immune system, and it increases the killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumors. One report says laughter seems to tell the immune system to “turn it up a notch."

With power comes responsibility

December 3, 2012

By Jennifer Joyner

The other day I was shopping with my 2-year-old son, and as we often do, we ended up in the toy section. Dylan and I walked the aisles, and he picked up toy after toy. Each of which flashed a series of colorful lights and spoke, made sound effects or played music when you pushed a button.
He particularly enjoyed a rocket ship that counted down, lit up, and then made noises like it was blasting off.
Another favorite was a mechanical Mickey Mouse that played music as the figure hit his hands on a drum and danced.

Out of the Box: Appreciating the chaos

December 3, 2012

By Camille Nesler

So many times in life we tend to take the good things for granted. Our
family, children, friends, home…the list goes on and on. Certain
people become so much a part of us that we think they’ll always be
there when we need them. We don’t ever stop to think, “What would
happen if I lost all of this?”
We only think of what we had when it’s gone…and then it’s too late.
The truth is, we should never take anything for granted. Not a single
person and not a single day. Yes, everyone knows this. But sometimes,
we’re reminded in ways we’d rather not be.

DAVIS: Why the chicken crossed the road is solved, maybe.

December 1, 2012

My wife saw two deer, one on each side of the road. Without knowing it, she solved one of the world’s age-old mysteries.
It was one of those moments when a scene plays out, but later the full depth of the incident weaves its way into our brain and that single moment becomes something much different that it appeared to be on the surface.

HOLLENBECK: Even turkeys have something to be grateful for at Thanksgiving

November 26, 2012

For several years the Courier has included in its Thanksgiving edition comments from local residents telling what they are most thankful for in this season in which we emphasize our blessings.
This year the focus was on school children, who certainly shared some interesting thoughts. You expect them to say, "I'm thankful for my my mamma, my daddy, my dog, my cat, my grandma, my grandpa, my house ... "
On and on and so forth.
Kids can surprise you, though. One little boy's answer was a real zinger. He said he was thankful "for calendars."

Enter the Net: How ‘bout a new football rivalry close to home?

November 21, 2012

By David Hughes

Since this is a holiday I think perhaps I’ll let technology rest a week or so and use this space to talk about what makes Thanksgiving great ….. SPORTS!
Well … that may be cheating just a bit (grin). Many years ago when I was a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro the Indians were a football power in their league. The Indians has Bill Bergey as quarterback and he helped put quite a few points on the scoreboard and made the Tribe one of the most respected teams in the Southland Conference.

Sense and Nonsense: Forget turkey tartare; cook that bird till it's piping hot through and through

November 21, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Holidays and catastrophes seem to walk hand in hand. When else does everything go as far awry as it does when you're in a hurry, behind with the meal and guests are about to stare you in the eye?
The other day we were sharing accounts of our Thanksgiving horror moments and I, of course, could not resist reviewing the crisis that occurred at our house a number of Thanksgivings ago.
The incident has appeared in this space before, but it just is hard to top, so here it goes one more time. (And maybe another later on. After all, it is my column.)

Without spoons, Thanksgiving would be a mess

November 21, 2012

By Alma Joyce Hahn

It is funny how simple things we take for granted can have a rather interesting history if we just knew it. For example, the other day I was thinking of all the tasks our family used to do in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. My job was usually to polish the silver. To relieve the drudgery, I used to wonder about who thought up the designs for the pieces of tableware. Not long ago I finally got around to looking it up. It is kind of interesting.

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