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Sense and nonsense: Search for ideal purse is no small challenge

September 6, 2012

by Lynda Hollenbeck

Finding the perfect purse is no easy task.
It's a project the faint of heart should avoid at all costs because the quest is fraught with frustration and aggravation.
Whenever I find one I really like, it's a foregone conclusion it will wear out almost by the time I get all my stuff inside.
If it's really tacky, it will last till the proverbial cows come home.
I've found that most purses are either too big, too little, too plain, too fancy, too something.

DAVIS: Change is like everything else, it's never expected.

August 6, 2012

The world is full of cliches that neatly sum up a solution or explanation for nearly every situation. "Easy come, easy go" and "No good deed goes unpunished" are among some of the more widely known.
Another is "The only constant is change." This jewel is attributed to Heraclitus, a greek philosopher who died in 475 BC. Actually, his original statement was "Nothing endures but change." A comparison of the two statements proves his point.
The problem is that neither life nor anything else is not as simple as a few words strung together.

Sense and Nonsense: Numbers — and lots of them — often tell the story

August 6, 2012

There are all sorts of quizzes going around that start out "you know you're getting older if ... "
A laundry list of "old stuff" follows.
A few years back, I came up with another one, all on my own, and I think it bears noting again.
Here it is: You know you're getting older if you don't use the whole keyboard on your computer.

Sense & Nonsense: Take that paintbrush and keep it — away from me, please

July 26, 2012

Long ago it was established that I can't draw.
This has been officially noted at the high school, college and later-in-life levels.
Even before reaching these plateaus, I essentially failed cut-paste-and-color at the elementary level, but it was a kinder, gentler school system then and no one went on record with the crushing evaluation.
Years later I thought of this as I watched Gayla McCoy doodling in a meeting and was nothing short of amazed. She was drawing a pair of fish that could have been straight out of a Disney film strip. They actually looked like talking fish.

Sense & Nonsense: Bauxite Museum: Storehouse of special memorabilia, including the 'silver dress'

July 26, 2012

The Bauxite Museum is a delightful place to visit.
Anyone who hasn't take the time to do so is engaging in self-deprivation. The exhibits — and there are many — tell stories that evoke memories of another time that many of us remember fondly.
On one of my visits there several years ago, I heard the story about "Bottle" Wilmoth's famous bowl he took for a Mulligan stew that was to be served to workers at Reynolds mining operations.
According to Melba Shepard's account, each employee was informed he could have one bowl only of the stew. That was enough to inspire Mr. Wilmoth's humor.

DAVIS: What lies beneath?

July 22, 2012

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don’t know we don’t know.” — Donald Rumsfeld

All three of the scenarios so confusingly described by former Secretary of State Rumsfeld were in play before my eyes July 12.
The place — the court of Judge Gary Arnold.
The reason — a motion to quash, or set aside, a requirement to provide information regarding anonymous bloggers.

Andy Griffith: An American idol whose show exemplified what's right in the world

July 17, 2012

The passing of American icon Andy Griffith has caused a major shift in attention to Mayberry, the mythical town where Sheriff Andy Taylor rarely had to do any sheriffing, but dispensed lots of homespun wisdom that served a higher calling.
Everybody would have liked to live in Mayberry.
That's not surprising because it was a place where although everybody knew everybody else's business — not always desirable — more importantly, it was a place where people took care of each other. And love was the common denominator that held them together.

Sense and Nonsense: Watching an appliance in distress is reason to wail and gnash teeth

July 17, 2012

If there's anything I hate to spend money on, it's an appliance.
Just think about it. This is not an unreasonable position to take.
Once an appliance gets to your house, no one but family members and pets will ever see it again, save for an occasional perusal from a repairman in the event of a malfunction.
I mean, it's not like you might have company for dinner and you would take time to fancy up the washing machine in case the guests should peek into the utility room.
An appliance is just there.
You can't drive it.
You can't wear it.
You can't eat it.
You can't drink it.

DAVIS: The quiet impact of a subtle message has lasting power

July 7, 2012

Subtlety is an art form that, when placed in the hands of the skilled, can deliver a message so seemingly insignificant that it is absorbed without conscious resistance. A well-worded sermon plants a seed that provides strength for the future when comfort is needed. A word of praise from a teacher will silently build confidence for that moment when everything may change for the student.

HOLLENBECK: Remembering the flamboyant glory days of a 'real wrassler'

July 3, 2012

I've never been to a live wrestling match, but I have seen the sport demonstrated on TV.
Pardon me. I'm told by male members of the Courier staff that I mispronounced/misspelled the event. Real fans, they tell me, call the sport "wrassling."
A thousand pardons.
The attention to wrestling/wrassling came into newsroom discussion because of a planned event next week in Benton. A number of wrestling/wrassling stars will be performing here in conjunction with Benton's first Freedom Fest.

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