From The Editor

Quality of life is your stuff

What is stuff? Is it like they, as in “they” say this or “they” say that or “they took our jobs?” Stuff, they say could be anything you can imagine just as they could be anyone you can imagine.


Rick Gray

Thoughts on immigration

The President and Congress are heading for a collision over how to handle the “crisis” caused by a flood of underage immigrants – children and adolescents – across the Mexican border from failing, gang-ridden states in Central America.


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

Kitchen fires revisited

I received a letter from a reader of this column who pointed out a hazard in the kitchen that I had not written about in a recent article on kitchen fires. The hazard mentioned are appliances that remain plugged in when there is no one in the kitchen, especially toasters.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max avoids an accident

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Almost did not get around to making this one due to the over-sight…or maybe the under-sight of another vehicle driver.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Nail infections

Infections of the toenails and fingernails can occur at any time during the year. However, many become more concerned during the summer months when they more frequently bare their feet.


Gardening With Gita

Don’t hesitate to grow edibles with ornamentals

Whereas fads come and go, edible landscaping is by no means a fad, rather here to stay, as more and more gardeners are getting on the edible landscaping bandwagon. Besides, it makes sense to have a garden not just for aesthetic reasons, but to let the plants play a dual role


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

Summertime sadness

We have had a rough start to our summer. My beloved Grandma has left this life and has moved on to the next. I miss her, more than I could have even imagined. Every evening, about the time I would make my daily phone call, where we would inevitably talk for an hour, I have a mini-meltdown.


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.