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HOLLENBECK: Some things are better left alone — like Mamma’s recipes

June 13, 2011

Through the years a number of local people have asked for my mother’s spaghetti recipe.
That’s almost like trying to find the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Mamma didn’t have real recipes, though she had cookbooks holding all kinds of scribblings on sheets she had stuck inside them.
This past week I made an attempt at detailing how to make her wonderful spaghetti. My effort was included in the Grits & Grace page that featured Courier employees’ recipes.

Lynda Hollenbeck: Reunion stirs up memories of another time and place

June 10, 2011

Talk about your deja vu moments.
I was eating the banquet meal at the recent Cotton Plant High School Get-Together that combines classes from way back when till they just don't want to come anymore. That's a weird way to describe the event, but that's the way it is. It's open to anyone who attended Cotton Plant High School from the beginning days and is open-ended. No one ever shows up from classes after the early 1970s, but they're welcome all the same.
I digress. Back to the meal and the incident that mentally jarred me back to an earlier day.

ENTERTAINMENT: ‘Panda 2’ packing even more punch

June 9, 2011

Who says animated movies are just for the adolescent crowd? Dreamworks’ newest sequel released May 26, once again has proven that movie lovers of all ages can relate to a Kung Fu-fighting, dumpling-loving panda bear.
Yes, I love action, adventure, romance and comedy with live actors and actresses, but I have found that an amazing animation can inspire the viewer just as much, and even bring a tear to the eye. And that is exactly what Kung Fu Panda 2 brings to the screen: emotion, action, adventure, and a surprising deep plot and sophisticated characters.

DAVIS: So far, so good

June 6, 2011

Two weeks into my new role here at the paper and one thing is crystal clear – I am grateful for the opportunity and it is even better than I expected. Granted, some may say that the honeymoon phase hasn’t worn off just yet. They may be correct, but as far as I can see, the honeymoon will become the everyday without noticing the change.

HAHN: Quest for a bottle tree

June 6, 2011

A couple of years back, I wrote a column about bottle trees. I wanted one, but at our age Bill and I have no business tramping around in the woods looking for small dead cedar trees to make one. Well, I recently found a metal bottle tree at a reasonable price in a catalog — one of the many unsolicited ones that I get every week in my mailbox.
Because it is made of metal, you just stick it in the ground. It only holds 15 bottles, but I like it. The rains we have had recently keep the ground so soft that it leans a bit. Hopefully, that will change with the coming heat of summer.

HOLLENBECK: Reunion stirs up memories of another time and place

June 4, 2011

Talk about your deja vu moments.
I was eating the banquet meal at the recent Cotton Plant High School Get-Together that combines classes from way back when till they just don’t want to come anymore. That’s a weird way to describe the event, but that’s the way it is. It’s open to anyone who attended Cotton Plant High School from the beginning days and is open-ended. No one ever shows up from classes after the early 1970s, but they’re welcome all the same.
I digress. Back to the meal and the incident that mentally jarred me back to an earlier day.

HAHN: No one has got it right yet

June 2, 2011

I guess you have all heard by now that the Rapture scheduled for this last week has been rescheduled. Harold Camping, the man who first informed the public of God’s plan, now says he was mistaken. The date he should have given is October 21. Well, after all, anybody can make a mistake.
Throughout the history of civilization, people have been predicting the end of the world. Nostradamus is probably the best known, but there have been others. And they haven’t always been human.

DAVIS: Another generation is launched

June 2, 2011

It’s all over. The 2010-2011 school year is in the books for the senior class students in our county. It is a time of reflection for the fine young adults. All the ball games. All the classes. All the teachers. But most of all, the friends they have made and might possibly never see again. It is a time of transition from teenager to “the real world” so often described to us by our parents. They have been launched into the future and hopefully we have prepared them well. Only time will tell.

HOLLENBECK: Internet a great tool for research, but also can perpetuate inaccurate accounts

June 2, 2011

The Internet is both wonderful and wacky. It’s great to have instant access to information that previously had to be searched out from various sources in a time-consuming — and often frustrating, sometimes unsuccessful — manner.
That’s the wonderful part.
Then there’s the wacky.

HOLLENBECK: Donkey that inspired compassion now tends wounded warriors

May 23, 2011

Sometimes the lowliest of creatures can bring out the best in humans.
Case in point: A donkey from a foreign land.
The one that caught my attention recently started out life in Iraq, but recently has become a resident of this county.
I read the Associated Press account with not just a few tears.
This was a touching story of Smoke, a donkey, who became a friend and mascot to a group of U.S. Marines living in a province in Iraq nearly three years ago.
Unfortunately, because of bureaucratic red tape, the donkey had to be left behind.

 

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