Columns/Opinions

Tue
07
Oct

Let us ‘toot our own horn’ for a while

“He who doth not tooteth his own horn doth not get his own horn tooteth,” says the old proverb. So, pardon us while we do a little tooting. This week – October 5-11 – is National Newspaper Week. It has been around since 1940 and is an annual opportunity for newspaper people throughout the country to remind readers of the importance newspapers have in their communities
 
Tue
07
Oct

What’s behind the obsession with coffee??

A dark brown drink made from boiling water and roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a tropical shrub. That’s the definition of coffee all right. And this beloved drink even has its own official day in our nation. National Coffee Day
was celebrated last week with most coffee shops giving big discounts and even free cups of “joe” to their patrons 
 
Tue
30
Sep

Are we losing the art of conversation?

Have you noticed lately that people don’t talk to each other like they use to. I am afraid with so much modern technology in use, that we are losing the art of conversation . . . especially among our young  people
 
Tue
30
Sep

Success or Failure?

Those people who say that President Obama has no clear vision and no clear strategy for dealing with the ISIS terrorists in the Middle East may be mistaken. It seems to me that he has a very clear and very consistent strategy. And a vision behind that strategy.
 
Tue
23
Sep

“Cooter grappling”, frog gigging, “motasickling”

Everyone enjoys different things in life. Folks find things they enjoy doing and get after it. For me, it is working in my yard and gardening. Both activities are relaxing and fulfilling. I have four sons. All enjoy different activities. One enjoys hunting and has since he was very small
 
Tue
23
Sep

Bucket list for a baby planned by parents

In a world of 3D and 4D Ultrasounds and a variety of other prenatal tests, which can reveal not only a child’s gender or if there are multiple babies but also if the baby has your nose or other facial features and most of the time
even detect abnormalities. It is this last detection that creates a bit of anxiety for the parents
 
Tue
16
Sep

All of a sudden, it’s winter for you

A dear reader sent me an email the other day titled, “And then it was winter!” As I am now in my winter years, the writing really touched  home. So, I wanted to share it with my readers – both those who are in those winter years…and everyone else who is on the way. Here is the column: “You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
 
Tue
16
Sep

Would you honor a marriage pact?

Okay, so this writer needs to first explain what a marriage pact in this sense actually is supposed to mean. It has nothing to do with the actual honoring of marriage vows but the beforehand honoring of an agreement that “if we’re not married in such and such years from now we’ll get married.” Yes, this really does happen in real life.
 
Tue
09
Sep

Best ways to get and keep motivated

No matter what you do for a living, the key to success is motivating yourself, each and every day, according to Geoffrey James, a veteran business journalist who now writes a daily column for Inc. com. “Most people don’t realize
that motivation mostly emerges from minor changes in your own behavior,” says James.
 
Tue
09
Sep

2014’s Most Endangered Jobs

With the economy how it is these days and with the whole concept of “shrinking departments and consolidating jobs,” there are many work professions that are limiting their fields in leaps and bounds. I happen to currently work on one of them and I previously worked in the travel industry as a parttime travel agent  
 

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