From The Editor

A ramble through Dog Days

Is anybody hot? That’s a phrase used by my brother-in-law whether it’s hot in the house or not. The guy is always hot. The AC could be on 52 and he’d still be hot. I’ve always wondered if it is the stress of guests, high blood pressure or menopause. He is closing in on 60 after all.


Rick Gray


I had planned to use this week’s piece to start a series on choosing the right college. Then, as occasionally happens, something supervened.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Calling assures service

Some people believe that driving to a fire station is the quickest way to obtain service in a medical emergency. The danger with this thinking is that apparatus in a station does not necessarily mean that personnel are at the station.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max gets a truce

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We have a bit of good news to report here at the Dogpound, our fish...specifically the Angel fish, have buried the fish hooks [so to speak].


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Restless leg syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) affects up to fifteen percent of adults in the United States. It seems to be more common as we get older. In individuals over age 65 years, upwards of twenty-five percent may have symptoms suggestive of RLS.


Gardening With Gita

Volunteer appears after long break

For as long as I can remember, of all the volunteer plants I have come across in our garden, few have surprised me more than that of flowering annual, Datura, I accidentally found this summer, basically because of two reasons


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

Wake up, Chesterfield!

Two weeks, and we will be back into our routine-HALLELUJUAH! I am in need of structure more than the kids. While I have enjoyed this summer and all of our adventures I need our schedule back and am looking forward to early mornings and strictly scheduled days (surprise, surprise).


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.