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Wait for the man to call first

Ronda Rich's picture

I have always believed — old fashioned though it may be — that when it comes to courtship, men should be the pursuers. The way that I see it is that a woman’s place is to wait on a man’s attentions, not throw herself in front of him, jump up and down, flail her arms and make sure he notices her.

Trust me on this — no good comes from this kind of bass-ackwards (as Mama would say) pursuit. Read More»

On becoming a beekeper

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

When I was about 8, we moved from city to country because life in the city was becoming crowded and unpleasant. Every morning we had to sweep the porch clear of soot from the coal-powered railroad two blocks away, and some days my mom couldn’t hang sheets out to dry.

Both of my parents had country childhoods, and they wanted me and my younger brother to have the same memories, to cook their home-grown fruits and veggies, and to let us kids ride bikes on the little-trafficked asphalt roads. Read More»

Unruly children

Rick Ryckeley's picture

After a long week of working and school, The Wife was ready for it. And after a long week of fighting fires, rescuing damsels in distress, and writing, I was ready for it too. A much deserved date night – something of a rare occurrence around our house nowadays to be sure.

At 5 in the afternoon, we threw all the worries of work and life aside and walked into the movie theater to view the hottest new release. Afterwards, an enjoyable dining experience at one of the most talked about restaurants in town awaited us.

Or so we thought. Read More»

Bright lights and survival

David Epps's picture

A few days ago, I was riding my motorcycle when a lady in an approaching car flashed her lights at me.

I assume she did this for one of three reasons: (1) She was flirting (Okay, not very likely).

(2) She was warning me about a speed trap (more probable than #1 but it turned out not to be the reason).

Or (3) my lights were on bright and she was irritated at me for not dimming the bike’s lights.

If it was the last reason, she was correct. Yes, I had my lights on bright and, no, I did not dim them. Nor will I. Read More»

Happy birthday, Earth!

Dave Richardson's picture

On April 22 more than 500 million people around the world celebrated, as they do every year. There were ceremonies, proclamations, and news stories. There were donations and gifts. There were acts of service. Our schools devoted whole portions of the curriculum to this birthday.

For years our schools have sent home little banks with our elementary kids to collect donations for the Nature Conservancy or one of its numerous shell organizations. Read More»

Who is ‘racist’?

Thomas Sowell's picture

Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice.

An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. Read More»

Can we afford this President, Congress any longer?

Kent Kingsley's picture

The United States is about to be functionally bankrupt in two to three years according to Congressman Paul Ryan. How can this happen? Why isn’t the President and Congress doing anything about this horrible situation? Before we answer those questions let us review a few facts.

The current national debt just passed $15.7 trillion. Seven-plus years ago when the current Third District Congressman took office it was less than half that amount.

The projected deficit this year is $1.3 trillion. Again, seven-plus years ago it was less than half that amount. Read More»

Law Day: ‘No courts, no justice, no freedom’

Judge Carla McMillian's picture

As Fayette State Court Judge, I have the privilege each day of ensuring that citizens of this county have access to the court and criminal justice system.

But I recognize that with our busy schedules, most of us do not give any thought to the court system, that is, until we receive a summons for jury service, are sued, get a traffic ticket or have some other contact with the criminal justice system. Read More»

EPA’s war on coal could sink America’s economy

James H. Rust's picture

While campaigning in San Francisco during the Democratic Party primaries in January 2008, presidential candidate Obama told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” Read More»

Don’t call me Granny

Ronda Rich's picture

When you’ve known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you.

That would not be the case with Karen, one of my two best friends.

I know a lot about her. I know how she looks without make-up with her strawberry blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. Only those closest to her, gets to see her like that. Read More»

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