Local Columns

Firsthand information

You can read about a person’s life or a specific event they participated in and you can watch a movie based on those events and get a pretty good idea of what actually happened. But nothing can beat hearing the details from the people who have participated in those events. And that is ...

Important people with important names

Better Half and I have important people in our lives, ones we don’t necessarily see all the time or cross paths with or talk to with great frequency. But when we need them, we need them. Yesterday if not now, as in immediately if possible. Get it? Maybe it’s that way for you, ...

Some thoughts on spring and Easter

Spring is starting to show its colors. There are violets in bloom in the woods and all through our yard; the yellow forsythia bushes; purple and white lilacs that I didn’t think came into bloom until May, but there was a bush just bursting with color at the Smithfield United Methodist Church ...

Struggles with kitten training

I haven’t thrown anyone down a staircase this week, so things are already looking up. Grandmama hasn’t gotten this much sympathy in ages. Y’all have to stop or she’s going to hurl herself down another staircase, and, given my luck, she’ll break a hip or something and I really will ...

A local tie to history

There has been a great deal of reflection during the last several weeks about the decision made 100 years ago that plunged the United States into World War I. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, made that choice known to Americans on April 2, 1917, when he stepped into the House of ...

A thought-provoking movie experience

Better Half and I are not ones to go to the movies. As a matter of fact, the last time we did so, it was special circumstances. A group from our church had made plans to attend a local matinee premiere of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” a film interpreting the final hours ...

All things Easter at these two events

There were Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Easter candy, Easter baked goods, Easter face decorations and Easter bunnies at the two events I attended last weekend. There was the first community egg hunt at Sally Buffalo Park. This was through the effort of businesses in Cadiz and outlying areas, ...

Watch your step — don’t fall

My mother threw herself down the stairs. It wasn’t my fault. I need you to understand this. Also, she is fine. I thank you for your concern. She is, as the children would say, so very extra. That means she’s dramatic — it skipped a generation. So, of course, she threw herself down ...

Speakers offer lessons

Each of the previous presenters in the Herald-Star Speaker Series has offered a unique perspective on an event or a career. Attendees have been able to learn firsthand what it was like to be held captive by Somali pirates, for example, when Capt. Richard Phillips took the stage. They heard ...

‘Pressing’ issue for a possible present

Better Half is always helpful. It’s not unusual for him, for example, to ask if I have a column topic because he knows if I do, my mood is a lot brighter. You’re familiar with that saying — “When momma’s happy, everybody’s happy.” There’s a lot of truth to that one. He ...