From The Editor

Creativity and education

What does your cell phone ring tone say about who you are? I’ve heard old fashion telephone rings, an “ACDC” riff, tinkle bells, “Pink Panther,” Clint Eastwood’s “Good the Bad and the Ugly.”


Rick Gray

Another big thing

Last week, in this space, I urged young people with political aspirations to weigh the advantages of making AGW – anthropogenic global warming – part of their political agendas.


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

Living with the thorns

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul talked about his thorn in the flesh. There were some who believed that his thorn was a person, however I believe that his thorn was a health issue, specifically an eye problem that he spoke about.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max considers unionization

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I just came across an article that stated that college football players on scholarship want to join a union. Not sure why, but the football players at Northwestern University have cleared their first major hurdle with the National Labor Relations Board.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Heart healthy diets

Cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, peripheral vascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes top the list of causes of major chronic illness and death in the U.S.


Gardening With Gita

The sweet smelling Korean spice viburnum

I have a passion for plants with fragrant flowers; perhaps it goes back to my earlier days in our family home in New Delhi where, in the modest but well-kept garden, sweet smelling flowers could always be found.


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

Something wicked this way comes

Spring has finally arrived, and boy, is it glorious. The bright bursts of color in every direction you turn can take your breath away (that and the pollen). This time of year makes my heart fill with joy and I am happy.


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.