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HOLLENBECK: Kitchenoli - a dish that was born and died on the same day

March 26, 2012

Not too long ago, I wrote a column in which I noted that I didn't recall eating blueberries in my earlier years, yet they're something we particularly enjoy nowadays.
We ate every other kind of berry I can think of, just not blueberries. Call me weird, but in Eastern Arkansas, I just didn't see the blue ones.

CARLTON: Barack, Hillary and the U.N.: United to take away your guns

March 22, 2012

Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They want pretty much all of your freedoms.
If, however, we let them take away our Second Amendment rights, we will have no means with which to keep them from taking away everything else from us.
There is a famous quote attributed to Isoroku Yamamoto about Japan not attacking the United States mainland because there would be a “rifle behind every blade of grass.” Though the quote has had some doubt cast on its substantiation, think about it what it says.

HOLLENBECK: 'Please read that story to me again and don't leave anything out'

March 19, 2012

Lucas, age 3, can “read.”
I know this is so because he read “Go Dog Go” to me the other night.
Of course I was already aware that this precocious grandchild was gifted in many ways, so his “reading” came as no surprise.
Truth be told — and I will if I must — Lucas has memorized this story, which is one of his favorites.
He reminded me of his cousin, Molly, now a high school sophomore, who frequently “read” “Brown Bear” to us as a 3-year-old.
“Bwown behr, bwown behr, what do you see? I see a wed burd looking at me,” and so on to the end of the delightful story.

DAVIS: Here's to you, Mr. Robinson

March 19, 2012

For my generation of adults, nothing says spring louder and with more fanfare than the beginning of baseball season. In the 1960s, baseball was “the national pasttime” long before the Super Bowl became super and the NBA gained traction. For pure nostalgia, you can’t beat baseball.

DAVIS: The perils and perks of Captain Obvious

March 12, 2012

A great many words have been used to describe people who have various traits. Smart people are described as nerds, geeks or brainiacs. People with various levels of cleanliness skills are called anything from slobs to bums to clean freaks. No matter how we label others, sometimes those very labels come back to bite us in a spot known as the rear, tush or fanny. No matter what you call it, the pain is the same.

HOLLENBECK: Don't count the skinnies out; there are some that are 'magnificent'

March 12, 2012

When I referred to them as a group, it was by the moniker "The Magnificent Seven."
This wasn't a band of American gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding Mexican bandits. Indeed they bore no resemblance to Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz, who portrayed the mighty seven in the movie that was actually a western-style remake based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese film "Seven Samurai."
Nope. This was the feline version, but they were indeed magnificent.

REP. TIM GRIFFIN: Job creators need a break from President Obama's aggressive regulatory agenda

March 12, 2012

When President Obama’s $825 billion stimulus bill was signed into law, he promised it would save or create 3.5 million jobs and keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Three years later, with 12.7 million Americans looking for work and unemployment above 8 percent for 37 straight months and counting, the economic recovery President Obama promised us still hasn’t happened. By any standard, the stimulus has failed and only served to dig our country deeper into debt.

DAVIS: It's time to let our old friend go

March 7, 2012

The Benton School Board took a bold step this week. Not only did it take measures to complete the sports complex but it also helped chart a course, along with others in the city, to set a footprint downtown that could dramatically change the complexion of Benton.

DAVIS: Unfettered time taught lesson of use

March 5, 2012

Recently, I had the good fortune of unfettered free time. A full day or two of nothing specifically planned to do. No agenda. No deadlines. No particular place to go. And that’s exactly where I went. Nowhere in particular...at least that was the plan. Unbeknownst to me, circumstances and surroundings had been charted for me.
I spent time exploring our fine county of Saline. The only goal I had was to find places to photograph interesting scenes, objects or people.
The scenes and people were interesting, but it was the objects that caught my imagination.

HOLLENBECK: Academy Awards time: Hooray for Hollywood and all its glory

March 5, 2012

Watching the Academy Awards has been a ritual for most of my life.
My enthusiasm for the broadcast has waned in recent years since I don't go to the movies the way I did in earlier years.
In previous decades, I watched every movie, I knew facts about all the actors and I could spout out personal and professional information about most of them.

 

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