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Extraordinary People are all around us in Saline County

September 28, 2012

By Brent Davis

The world around us is full of chaos, violence and destruction. The situation in the Middle East should have every American concerned about the clear and present danger that could ignite at any moment.
While it is a prudent measure to keep a watchful eye on that particular region, let us not forget to turn an appreciative gaze upon what often times is overlooked right here in our own backyard.

Enter the Net: Not so fast — Benton wins!

September 26, 2012

By David Hughes

One thing to which so-called “social media” excels is allowing the initial opinion of one person to take fire and influence hundreds or thousands of others in a relatively short period of time. It’s the rough equivalent of the personal newspaper column of just a few years ago.

Brace yourself; it's election season, and it's not going to be pretty

September 25, 2012

Often-times it isn’t what a person says but how he says it that makes a difference. As fallible humans, we often see the messenger more than we hear the message. There may not be much we can do about this vital flaw but we all can work on lessening the effects and outcomes it produces.
The political landscape is full of examples.
There are those who will never believe or support President Obama simply because they do not like him. The same is true for Mitt Romney.

Sense and Nonsense: Looking far and wide, then high above, to find lost feline

September 25, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Something happened recently to make me think of the day we lost a cat named Murphy.
The cat had been strictly an indoor animal for some time, though he was a rescue and previously had roamed freely — near the Courier office.
That was, in fact, what caused him to come to our house in the first place. He had had an unfortunate encounter with a vehicle and his injuries and subsequent surgery meant he could no longer be free and easy.

Preparing for 'the moment'

September 17, 2012

By Brent Davis

Someone once told me that whenever a significant event presents itself, be sure to say "I'm going to remember this moment." This simple directive is a way to bookmark a memory in your mind. It constructs an off-ramp for the future when a drive down the nostalgia highway is taken.
Last Saturday was one of the special moments for the crowd of people who gathered to witness the marriage of my oldest son, Scott, to the absolute love of his life, Amanda.

Sense and Nonsense: Cat's quirky eating habits lead to intense rivalry

September 17, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Most kids go through a stage in which they refuse food. That's when parents/grandparents turn creative.
"Here comes the motorboat," sputters the feeder, holding a spoon laden with something designed to tempt the defiant one.
Of course this is done with appropriate boat sounds. And the one doing the feeding hopes like everything the kid won't spit the whole spoonful back at said feeder.
Then there's the airplane zooming over with another delivery of nutrition, again accompanied by original parental sound track.

An imagination is a terrible thing to waste

September 10, 2012

by Brent Davis

We have all heard the tagline on an advertisement that goes like this: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste. It can be taken another step by saying an Imagination is a terrible thing to waste. I guess it could be argued that without a mind to waste, imagination falls the wayside by default. Perhaps this is true.

Reading is great, but never forget the fun found at the movies

September 10, 2012

by Lynda Hollenbeck

There's a bit of irony to this week's segment of Sense & Nonsense. On the same day that we are introducing a reading column, based on what area people are reading — and which I'm putting together — I'm basing this week's regular effort on memories of the place where I saw my first movies.
Not that movies and books would be viewed as opposite entities anyway — at least not exactly — since many of our most revered films originated in book form before finding their way to the Silver Screen.

Enter the net: Facebook genie conjures up pal from past life

September 6, 2012

by David Hughes

Sometimes I think a genie lives in Facebook (grin), and my weird hypothesis was recently vindicated …
Have you ever thought about a really old friend that you have not thought about for decades? Well, I got to thinking recently about friends who helped channel my life’s interests and for some reason the name Roger Dunn popped into my mind. He was a little older than me, and in some ways we were simpatico and he had all kinds of cool things in his workroom at home.

Sense and nonsense: An Apple here, a Fork there, and how about a Fox or River?

September 6, 2012

by Lynda Hollenbeck

The famous bard raised the question "What's in a name?"
Shakespeare's response to his own query in "Romeo and Juliet" was "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
But would it really?
When you give a child a name, you're stuck with it for life unless you go through a court proceeding or decide to change it on your own without the benefit of the legal system and that could get you into trouble on occasion.
Names tend to be cyclical, as my own would indicate.

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