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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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I'm not a big fan of Mickey Mouse, either...
I've always considered myself a student, whether I'm actually attending school or not. Life has things to teach us, and let me just tell you my friends, there is nothing like motherhood to teach you a thing or two. Mainly how to avoid catastrophe at all times of the day and night, but other things too...
You have to stand for something or you'll fall for anything
Getting ready for work this morning I was confronted by the words of the great American country music philosopher Aaron Tippin: "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything". His words challenge us to consider the virtue of taking a stand for what is right, even at a cost. Missing the big picture holds true for individuals, companies, communities and nations as well...
I support a single courthouse, but...
I found the write up of the Tuesday Quorum Court meeting very interesting and not a little disturbing. As with everything, there is a right and a wrong way to go about this courthouse consolidation thing, and from that article alone it appears the Quorum Court is going about it exactly the wrong way...
Take time to reflect
So a week ago in an unfortunate accident I broke three fingers. While I'm fine for the most part, everything that happens to us everyday is always a cause for reflection. Reflection on our regrets, accomplishments and memories. Breaking my fingers was not a life or death sort of event even though it still served as a reminder how precious our time is. ...
Support for Sportsplex must continue
The Blytheville Baseball Softball Boosters Cal Ripken and youth softball seasons are coming to a close but action at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex will continue throughout the Summer months. American Legion baseball will continue through July and in just a couple of weeks, the Sportsplex will have the attention of a large chunk of the nation as Blytheville will be the home of the Cal Ripken 12U Regional Tournament...
Violence in Blytheville must end
Two murders, one day. Four other shootings -- in a five-day period -- that led to victims being rushed to the hospital. There have been six homicides this year, including four since the middle of May: 21-year-old Raymond Smith on May 12; 17-year-old Dewaun Miller on May 18; and 22-year-old Vincent Stone and 20-year-old Kennon Daniels both on Monday. Rodney Lutes, 54, was shot to death in March, and Lawless Kennedy, 49, was killed in April...

Community members must take action to stop violence
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With a sad heart, troubled mind, shaken soul and humble spirit I'm dealing with the death of a friend's son and another young gun-shot victim from our community, who is currently recuperating...
The Great American Melting Pot and the right to offend
Current political climate and public behavior teaches that he/she who shouts loudest will eventually win. The art of compromise and community is an antiquated concept, only found in high-brow fiction and fairy tales of days gone by. We as a society have become so polarized that there seems to be no middle ground. But it really is alright to disagree and to challenge each other in the marketplace of ideas...
I still have the unicorn
At every single birthday since I was big enough to read, there would be a card from my dad, with all the schmoozy parts underlined and circled and decorated with exclamation points, and in it he would always write that he knew I would do great things in life, and he would always be in the crowd cheering me on. Every year...
Little flashers in the summer night
As a kid, we would rush outside on a late spring or early summer night armed with pickle jars from the kitchen trash can in anticipation of catching fireflies. This always turned into a group activity. I grew up in the late fifties and sixties, when parents still allowed their kids to run the neighborhood together way past dark on warm summer nights, because they knew every parent on the block was watching out for all of us. ...
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