• We live in a fast forward society.

    We want our information now, our coffee in an instant and our packages expressed.

    This leaves me wondering- what’s the hurry?

    I question this pace even more when it comes to our children, especially our girl children.

    It seems that not only are they in a hurry to grow up, they have begun to take matters into their own hands physically forcing the hands of time forward.

    Little girls no longer look little. Older girls look even older.

  • I am in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina, as I write this. Buenos Aires is the capital of the world’s best steaks and the one and only Tango.

  • In recent months city newspapers have been tanking left and right.

    It seems like the biggest publications are barely hanging on in these times of economic uncertainty, and some of them are just plain going broke.

    In fact, I have read several stories from some of the larger news organizations about the dismal hope of future monetary gains for newsprint even after the current recession is over.

    On any given day I can see thousands of students on The University of Tennessee campus 'plugged in' to headphones and iPods and cell phones.

  • Picture this:  You wake up one morning and everything seems perfect. Your paycheck is more than you thought it would be, your car runs right for a change, and you enter your favorite store to buy that thing you always wanted.

    You walk through the front door and then, without warning, it happens. You see “them.” You know who “them” is. “Them” is that he or she that did something so catastrophic, and made life horrible for you. What’s worse is they see you in return.

    So, what do you do?

  • Change is not easy.  

    I’ll be the first to admit it.  If you want to know how well I have handled it historically, just ask my parents how I responded to the news that we were moving cross country just weeks after my high school graduation.  

    I can assure you it was not pretty.

    With that little confession out of the way, I will now readily admit over the years I have learned that change is a necessary evil.  Without it there is no moving forward or even backward for that matter.

  • Denver breaks 104 year old cold temperature record as Arctic chill sets in.  

    Coldest ever first half of October in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

    Chicago: Chilliest October in 133 years.  

    Earliest snow of record in Pennsylvania.  

    Coldest early October ever in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

    Record lows in Central Florida.  

    Record snowfall in Pocatello, Idaho.

  • Christmas has got to be mine and my family’s favorite time of the year. The second, of course, is Halloween.

    When my sisters and I were little, our mom always made sure that holidays were special even if we didn’t go “all out.” Now that we’re adults, we lavish ourselves in haunted corn mazes, pumpkin spiced coffees and simply coming together as a family.

  • Last week, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • To hear television and radio talk masters tell it—or, more often than not, yell it—America is divided neatly into two warring factions; that on either side of the ideological frontier Liberals or Conservatives lurk stealthily for the opportune moment to destroy our country and end forever the “American Way of Life.”  

  • Culinary icon and “Chocolate Madame” Elaine Sherman once said, “Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!”

    For the past two weeks, I’ve felt like I’ve been on the warpath.

    You know those weeks; the ones where all hell breaks loose and anything you don’t want to have happen… well, happens.

    The past two weeks were those weeks for me.

    They’ve been trying.

  • A busybody.

    Webster defines a “busybody” as a person who mixes into other people’s affairs through meddling and gossip. I just consider the whole concept as nothing but a waste of time; time should be spent uplifting a neighbor rather than telling everyone how imperfect he or she is.     

    Why do we make other people’s business our business? Why should it matter what other people do? It’s not like we’re going to have to answer for the things others do.

  • The next scheduled election for Campbell County officials is August 2010; that’s less than a year away.

    But it is time already that we as citizens begin thinking about the votes we will cast in that upcoming election.

    When we go into the voting booth and close the curtain behind us, what thoughts will be running through our head as we cast our votes?

    Will we be focused on the job that the person running for election did? Will we be thinking about the future of our county?

  • Being the proud mother of a 7-year-old son and nearly three-year-old daughter, I thought that I had seen the last of the four hour feedings.

    But this weekend I found myself being thrown back into the four hour feedings schedule. However this time the work was four times as hard. This time I have quadruplets to attend to.

    Luckily my son finds the process fun so he helps out with one of the four who he named Izak the second, after himself.

  • This week’s story is spun from something that has been brought to my attention.

     Keep in mind this week’s story is solely for the purpose of the child involved in all this. Trust me, you will either love it or hate it. Again trust me, there’s no “in-between” with  this one.

    This past week, I received a knock on my door. I looked through the peephole and saw a small child standing with a pamphlet in hand. Without hesitation, I opened the door and asked what they needed.

  • Our Republic is being stolen. It is being done systematically in the cover of darkness – bills that give more power to Washington and special interests and less to “we the people.”

    It is being done with radicals in Congress and the White House setting up a shadow government using czars to usurp the authority of Cabinet members and Congress.  Even Hillary has complained.