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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.

HAHN: Conway lake monster: believable or not believable?

May 23, 2011

Almost everyone has heard about the Loch Ness monster, but did you know that Arkansas has a lake monster too? More than one, in fact.
Work was started in the late 1940s and by the time Lake Conway was stocked with fish and boaters were beginning to spend time on its waters, rumors of the “Lake Conway monster” began to circulate through the town.

DAVIS: It’s time to let the patient go

May 23, 2011

It seems like we just got out of an election season. In fact, some campaign signs may still be found along roadways. Last fall was a particularly divisive stretch with accusations and allegations flying around like flies at a picnic. It’s a time of year when some residents begin to feel renewed and rejuvenated. The batteries of the political machine are charged and the only thing left to do is to find a driver. Depending on how you look at it, candidate selection is oftentimes done way before filing periods and campaigns even begin.

DAVIS: Are reputations earned?

May 16, 2011

Reputations are curious things. Everyone has one, even if they don’t want one. So, if you don’t think you have a reputation, how do you go about getting one? Good question. The problem with reputations is that they are earned in more than one way. Some ways are good but some are bad.

HAHN: Felines: smarter than humans think

May 16, 2011

Most of you have probably heard of Oscar the cat, who is a full-time resident in a Providence, R.I. nursing home. Oscar has attracted nation-wide attention because he seems to know when one of the nursing home residents is about to die.
Oscar is just an ordinary black and white, short-haired cat who was rescued and allowed to live on the third floor of Steere House, a nursing facility, since he arrived there in 2005.

HOLLENBECK: Coming full circle with the show that gave us ‘champagne music’

May 16, 2011

There are people who become part of your life, yet you never meet them.
Such was the case with Norma Zimmer, the “champagne lady” of the Lawrence Welk show, and others who appeared in that musical cavalcade televised every week for many years.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Welk show in its early days, but my mother was a diehard from Day 1. If you were at her house on Saturday night, whenever the Welk show started, you were seated on the couch to watch all the Welk performers would offer.

DAVIS: What they don’t know won’t hurt them

May 13, 2011

Ignorance is bliss. Plain and simple. Being blissfully ignorant in certain situations is what separates a truly innocent misunderstanding from one of “too much information.” Technology often plays a pivotal role in such scenarios. Allow me to illustrate.

HAHN: Important find brings back pirate adventures

May 10, 2011

When I was a kid, I loved to play pirate. And like all my favorite games, I had to have all the accouterments for it — a costume, props and whatever I could round up for a set.
For our neighborhood pirate game I had a wooden sword my father made for me, a red kerchief to tie around my head, a long polka dot sash to stick it in when I wasn’t involved in hand-to-hand combat, and a pair of old rubber boots (too big of course). My most prized piece was the black eye patch my mother made me from real black leather and an elastic band.

HOLLENBECK: Life lessons from one of God’s gentlest creatures

May 9, 2011

While a lot of attention today will be given to celebrating mothers — and rightfully so since this is, after all, Mother’s Day — another celebration that takes place every year is coming to a close. It, too, deserves special notice.
This is the annual Be Kind to Animals Week, which, in my opinion, should be an ongoing, everyday thing that everyone practices, though I know that’s not reality. Still, it’s nice to set aside a special time to focus on those in our midst that can’t speak for themselves but must depend on human compassion to have any sort of life at all.

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