Baseball: America's national pastime. A game that has been around for a century and a half. Today, however, a debate rages on that seeks to change that game.
In Missouri, the Lottery states that a portion of the money we spend on lottery tickets goes to help public schools. How much, we wondered goes to our schools locally? A brief search on the internet and what we found surprised us.
Jussie Smollett has turned himself in and is being charged with a felony. Innocence is presumed but where this situation goes is unknown. As are the ramifications of this case.
Today I read an article stating that Justin Verlander would like to pitch in the MLB until he is 45 years old. I thought of a few others who defied Father Time.
A documentary by the producer of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 brings to the screen some of the greatest pitchers and hitters in the game to talk about the greatest fastball pitchers of all time.
Harper. Machado. Kimbrel. Keuchel. Big names in the world of professional baseball. Kimbrel and Keuchel have been World Series Champions. Harper and Machado still wait. All have expectations of big money in free agency this year. Will they help a team to the playoffs? Are they a guarantee of it?
Ours is an area that has often had said about it "If you don't like the weather, stick around.". Never has it been more true that last night and early this morning.
It's bitterly cold outside right now, wind chills in hitting subzero in many locales across the country. So naturally my mind turns to Spring and Baseball!
Every day this winter, another article shows up asking "Why aren't Machado and Harper signed?". Are the teams being cheap, or have they learned their lesson from other long term, high dollar contracts gone south? Let's look at a couple of examples.
Albert is coming home to St. Louis!! Finally, after almost eight years, he is returning to what was the site of one of the greatest beginnings to a MLB career in baseball history. St. Louis, get ready to welcome home one of the all time greats!
The no win scenario. Star Trek fans are familiar with the Kobayashi Maru test as it was shown in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, as well as from Star Trek TOS and the Star Trek reboot. How can one win a no win scenario? The answer is, of course you cannot (unless you are James T. Kirk).
For those who walk long distances, footwear is of the utmost importance. Over the past two years I have walked many, many miles and I would like to share what I have learned regarding footwear and mileage vs. cost.
The weather man said the day was to be clear and warm for an early January Saturday. Would he be right (for a change)? Join two of my sons and I for a trip to Roaring River in southwest Missouri for a day of fishing and fellowship.
This past week I have had the absolute privilege of watching and listening as The Willis Clan visited our little park here in the Ozarks. And oh, what a show they had for us!
Much like the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin tornado, this tragedy has left me struggling to make sense of what has occurred. In my mind I know this may never occur, but still...I struggle to find some meaning.
They can't hit; they can't field. Their starting pitching tries but cannot carry the team and the bullpen, thought to be a strength early on is anything but. It is time to pull the plug and sell off some pieces... and some of the coaching staff.
They came back! The Earth Harp Collective came back to Silver Dollar City! Angels and ministers of grace defend us! My prayers have been answered and this amazing group returned to SDC this week. They will be playing to full houses through the end of the month so make your plans to see them now!
"What would you like for Christmas?" I asked my lovely wife in early November. With a smile she said "I want to have my DNA tested and learn about where my family came from." Sounds cool, let's do it!
They will defend any and all guns to the bitter end; regardless of the consequences, lives lost or destroyed they will defend the "Right To Keep And Bear Arms" and it is time to say they are wrong.
Silver Dollar City has a saying:"You've Got A Great Past Ahead Of You". I now have a past ahead of me to go along with the one I have behind me. It has been a great year and there are more to come.
My opinions, my thoughts, my concerns. What are yours? Do you agree? Do you see a problem? Are we facing a critical issue or is this simply a personal issue?
There are those who sing songs; those who write songs. There are those who do both well, and those of us lucky enough to hear one of their songs will be swept away in the beauty. I have been swept.
Silver Dollar City's resident Bluegrass and Gospel master has a knack of finding and nurturing homegrown family acts into rising stars. Southern Raised and Willow City are two of his best finds.
Not to tell you what to do, Mo, but if you want to put a winning team together this is one way to do it. No more half measures, no more band-aids: go out and get the job done right!
While Rhonda may be the headliner, there are some outstanding acts at the annual Bluegrass and BBQ, including one you just might be hearing a lot more from in the near future.
Some of you may have seen the Earth Harp on America's Got Talent as I did a few years ago; they are now appearing at SDC during the Festival of Wonder. They were good on TV, but they are amazing live!
Over the past 25 years, Warner Bros. has had its share of misses, yet despite owning the rights to a wonderful book they have not acted on those rights. Why? And now a Michael Brown film? Seriously!?
From 2006 through 2017, this pair have been extraordinary together; their achievements legendary; their leadership unquestioned. Are we looking at the end of this pairing this year?
I will admit: in the beginning I was not a fan of Adam Sandler and his films. I felt they were juvenile, nonsensical, and a waste of a movie ticket. But he and his works have grown on me.
At face value, a play or musical is entertainment for entertainment sake: fun for a moment then often forgotten. But in working alongside those who are actual participants I have gained insight.
We now have what appears to be a no-nonsense POTUS elect; will he do what needs to be done in our country and put a halt to all the liberal nonsense that has run amok the past eight years?
For years I have seen a decline in how the customer has been treated with a lackadaisical attitude and a who cares thought process being the norm. Yesterday I found reason to believe again.
His job was killing him: he knew it; his wife knew it. But what in the hell was he supposed to do? Life cost money, and the job provided that but oh the cost. That cost was his sanity and health.
Recently I discovered a wonderful book authored by David Fisichella, one insightful and dealing with science on the high seas, unexpected love and pirates. Hoist the mainsail, batten down the hatches!
The voting process shouldn't be too difficult, right? We watch the ads, choose our poison and cast our vote for who we want. Wait, what? We can't? Really?
Tricycle races. Pies in the face. Musical chairs. These are just a few of the corny activities at a minor league baseball game. Add in Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss and you get some real fun.
All good things must come to an end, and it is time to end our first ever RV trip. From Pensacola we drive to Tupelo, spend the night then return home the next day.
The last day of our vacation; tomorrow we begin the journey home. But today we go to the beach once more and see the place we have watched for several months via a webcam. Will it be the same?
After a couple of days in the hot summer sand it's time to visit somewhere a bit cooler (if only because it is indoors) and go on-base to the Naval Aviation Museum and lighthouse. What will we find?
Today we travel east in search of a place called The Gulfarium. We travel through Navarre, a place called Mary Esther and Ft. Walton and all of it is beautiful.
All the bad is now behind us and it is time to enjoy ourselves. Pensacola Beach is presented as a beautiful, clean beach for all to enjoy. Well, we are here to enjoy ourselves!
West Memphis. Huntsville. Now, on to Pensacola for five nights and six days of fun in the sun and sand. Whither shall we visit next and what adventures await my family?
Day one is in the books and we are on to our next destination: Huntsville, Alabama; home of Monte Sano, the Von Braun Observatory and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Good times for all concerned!
The time has arrived! We have loaded up the truck and are moving to Beverly... wait that's not right! We are heading out on our first ever Family RV Trip! Time to hit the road!
Planning. Thought. Months of work detailing our first real RV trip, and we still made mistakes. Learn from what we went through to make your trip even better. Where we went and stayed: an overview.
Three months into the season there seems to be three strong contenders for All Stars as well as ROY in the National League, and they all play the same position. Let's take a look at each of them.
Today, I received a cry for help. As the person calling was someone close to me I responded immediately. What I found was enough to make a grown man cry. Literally.
Has the Democratic Party assisted in the current downfall in our country? The policies and actions of the party could be creating a trend in America which is leading us downhill. Can we recover?
Two teams that can't stand each other. Bad blood. Up and comers vs. tried and true. Perennial winner vs. lovable loser. Home runs. Outstanding defense. Hit batsman. Was anything missing in this game?
Most countries are centuries old, millennia even; but America is young and still experiencing growing pains. As such, we are as a newborn child experiencing all of the growing pains a child has.
Daniel Craig has (apparently) hung up his Walther and is done being Bond. A search is on to find his replacement but should he be replaced directly, or is it time to change directions?
Who are these guys? Last season their pitchers were among the best of all time: now they are having trouble getting an out and the hitters couldn't hit but now they are slamming home runs? What gives?
I am excited to inform those of you who have dreamed of visiting far off baseball parks that something new is on the horizon. Something wonderful and exciting and well worth your time.
As we celebrate our National Parks' 100th birthday a new battle is on the horizon: land used and abused or land conserved for our children and grandchildren. What is the right thing to do?
You can't make these names up, folks; they're real. I've always been intrigued by some of these names and wondered how in the world the founding fathers of these towns came up with them.
Global Warming is a topic of serious discussion and concern today. However, depending on who you are listening to will give you a very different side to the story. Which is fact and which is fiction?
NASCAR has given its blessing to Ms. Patrick to race on its circuit; but does she deserve a place on its tracks? Or is she just a bit of eye candy for the viewers?
What does it take to be a responsible pet owner? Are you one? Do you feel you are providing everything your pet needs to be happy, healthy and safe? Read on and think carefully about you and your pet.
August 25, 1916 our National Park Service was created by President Woodrow Wilson and a future based in the past was signed into being. This year we honor the N.P.S. 100th Anniversary.
Cover of Sports Illustrated at 16. Golden Spikes Award winner at 17. Number 1 Draft Pick in 2010. Youngest player ever to appear in an All Star Game. His talents seemingly knows no bounds. And yet...
It appears as though our choice will come down to Trump or Clinton for President. Who we choose will decide the direction of our government for years to come. To choose wisely we must be informed.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won the second most World Series titles in baseball history. They have a long and storied history which is peppered with both colorful and talented individuals.
This is the final year of SDC's World Fest; a gathering of cultures from across the globe. I am not privy to the reasons for such an end, but I must cope with the loss of new-found friends in music.
Michael Weatherly, who plays Tony DiNozzo is leaving NCIS after thirteen years. I hate to see this as he is an integral part of the show. Now the question is: how should he leave the show?
Grilling has been around for years and is an ever-changing method of cooking one's food outside. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, steaks, one can cook just about anything. But which one works best for you?
Week Two is in the books. Let's take a look back at the stories and feats of baseball prowess from the past seven days of baseball.
Theoretically, "Civilization" has been around for several thousand years. As our population continues to grow, one has to wonder if all segments of that civilization are keeping pace.
What a week it was; full of strange and wonderful stories, amazing and unbelievable feats of baseball ability and even a few that boggle the mind of a dyed in the wool fan.
Monday Morning Manager: The position of making important decisions for which one has no responsibilities for nor will receive any flack from the media for if things go wrong. Here goes nothing!
What counts the most in a court of law? Is it justice? Is it Human Rights? What happens when Human Rights cross paths with Justice? Is Justice served? Or does Human Rights win out?
It appears that the Republican Party is throwing down the gauntlet, saying they may change the rules in order to make sure Trump doesn't become the next President. What will We The People do?
I saw the headline "Baseball's code out of touch, needs to be updated" along with a picture of a player throwing his bat. I had to read it as the only sport I still love is Baseball.
We have the new trailer, we have about everything we think we need (but we're still learning), and we are now making solid plans for our first honest-to-goodness RV trip. Does this sound like a good trip?
In my former home town there is a road named after a famous actor. and another road named for a musician. This got me to thinking: what other celebrities are from the state of Missouri?
Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast, famed New Orleans F.B. I. Special Agent, oftentimes on assignment in New York, is a complicated man. Is he coming to television sometime soon? I fervently hope so!
It is becoming increasingly clear the Donald Trump is not going to be the choice of the GOP in the coming months, This begs the question: could he win the popular vote and yet lose the election?
I began this work several years ago; now it seems as though the topic is becoming similar to reality, or maybe reality is following my topic.
Punxsutawney Phil said this year that Spring would be early. And by golly it appears as though he just may have been right! Warm weather, a bit of rain, and early March winds in February lead the way.
We have now brought our new Travel Trailer home, and it is nestled safely in our driveway. Before we commence with our travel we will need a few things. But where to get them?
Weathermen (persons?) seem to rarely be correct in predicting the weather. But are Sports Writers any better in predicting who's the best? In baseball, not so much.
For Valentine's Day this year, my wife and I decided to give ourselves a gift for the future: a Travel Trailer. Our imminent retirement looms, and with it comes a decision: keep working or enjoy life.
To My Angel, My Baby doll, The Light Of My Life! I love you and look forward to many, many more Valentine's Days together! Happy Valentine's Day from your big, big man!
Gone are the days of Fred and Ginger, of Donald O'Conner, of Gene Kelly. Today it's twerking, gyrating, pelvis thrusting. Where did true talent go and why did we let it leave?
Pitchers and catchers report within a few weeks. Spring Training is right around the corner. So how do the teams stack up as we head towards 2016? Who stands out and who falls by the wayside?
He was reaching what should be the Golden Years, those days when he should be quietly enjoying a well deserved reward; instead he was recalling those days of yore, days lost to the past.
Quietly and firmly, the hunter drew back the bowstring. Coming to full draw, it aligned the sight onto the figure in the tree stand. Breathing slowly, the killer waited.
Last night I was reminded of how much I love the music of the Statler's. To use a line from one of their best songs, Do You Remember These, do you recall how great they were?
There are many films I have seen and enjoyed, many that I presently own. But for whatever reason, there are some truly iconic films that I have yet to view.
A call is being made to Hollywood that there should be more persons of color contained in the body of artists receiving nominations this year. Is this a concern or is it blown out of proportion?
In little more than a week, we have lost an iconic actor, an iconic singer/actor, and a member of an iconic group. All were far too young to be lost to this world and we are left with only memories.
What a country. A man is sent to the hospital due to a fall and a bump. 24 hours later he has added a bump on the head and a fractured hip while in the care of the hospital. What happened?
It has arrived from a galaxy far, far away: the long awaited sequel to the original trilogy of Star Wars. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
The Race Card continues to be played in our country. Daily we see examples of people committing crimes and crying foul when held accountable for their actions. Is this where you want to live?
We have just returned from visiting SDC for the final festival of the year: an Old Time Christmas. It was beautiful, but something unexpected occurred during our visit. Lots of law enforcement!
The following story is true, only the names have been changed to protect the ignorant. One question: where oh where did customer service and pride in workmanship go? I sure couldn't find it tonight!
Each and every day, one or more of these topics lead the news. Frankly, Scarlett: I am tired of it, and it's hard to give a damn anymore.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. The beginning to the timeless film Star Wars is well known across our galaxy. This is a brief look at the films thus far through the eyes of old and young.
Charles Manson, long considered one of the hated men of the 20th century desired a race war. He even thought he would be the one to start it. Now, some 46 years later are we on the cusp of that war?
Three of the most repeated words in cinema history have to be "Bond. James Bond." This weekend, I went to my first ever big screen James Bond. My son and I had a wonderful afternoon.
Well, the year is done for the Birds and a time for reflection has come. Let's take a moment to review our team and see what happened. And look ahead to 2016 and its possibilities.
The door opened and in walked the doctor. At least, he looked like a doctor. White coat, stethoscope dangling around his neck, clipboard in hand. Not a hair on his face nor out of place on his head.
Rare are those who dabble either in books or films that are not aware of The Last of the Mohicans, a most excellent work by James Fenimore Cooper. But how many know there are more to the series?
The stage is now set. The players are known to us and ready to vie for a World Series Championship. So who will win out on the Big Stage? Will it be a veteran or a newcomer?
Every now and again, I feel the need to just talk. Lord, do You have a minute to spare for me?
They were the best in the league for the majority of the year with multiple injuries to All Star talent. Recently they have struggled but are getting healthy. But who will play in the post season?
The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, A Cask Of Amontillado. Each of these classic Poe works was interpreted by the talented Alan Parsons into a premiere album that stands the test of time even today.
When I awoke this morning, I saw the sad headline. "Yogi Berra Dead At 90". Immediately, the bright morning dimmed, clouds appeared overhead and a tear appeared in my eye. Oh, Say It Ain't So!
On Saturday, I attended my first SAR meeting. Although I am not yet a member, my hopes run high. It was an honor to attend, and to witness how these individuals honor our ancestors.
"Let's go to SDC this weekend to enjoy the day" my lovely wife suggested. And I was glad she did for it was by far the best day we have had there this year.
A boy and his parents are moving into the city. His Father promised him a swing, and delivers. But what a swing! Where will it take him next?
Every year, small towns across America close off streets, set up booths and wait for the gathering crowd. From miles around they come to enjoy the festivities and experience of life in a small town.
Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, better known as Carman is a world renowned Christian artist who has given us music to enjoy for over 30 years now. I present to you a sample of his work. Give a listen.
For many years I have desired to visit Bennett Springs near Lebanon, Mo. This weekend we made the trip and ... well, read on to find out what we thought.
"The Don", Donald Trump is attempting to become POTUS. Is he a good candidate? Would he make a good POTUS? Or is he just playing, toying with both the public and the candidates?
Fewer and fewer people are accepting responsibility for themselves or their actions today. It's always someone else's fault for their behavior, never their own. When did we stop owning our behavior?
I have now reached an age where I am more likely to fish than hunt but I would like to pass along a few tips I have learned over the years. Some you may know, some you won't. Some you won't believe.
In 1985 George Jones posed a question: Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Who will come to Country Music to carry the genre into the next century and beyond. It's been 30 years now, let's see who's there.
I came, I saw, I faltered; but we still had fun at the fair. Sharks, Clydesdales, and Jeopardy. Oh My! A day at the fair is always fun, especially when with family at a place one has never been.
Some were early in the morning, others came after school. Some were even quite educational though we may not have noticed it at the time. But they were fun, weren't they?
It seems as though each new day brings another story involving persons of color and law enforcement and a situation gone horribly wrong. What will happen going forward and what can we do about it?
They tell you the words, then follow words with actions but really, how many of us know our spouse truly loves us? I found out this weekend and I may be the luckiest man alive today.
First, there was Sharknado. Then came Sharknado 2: The Second One. Now, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! I think the title says it all, don't you? But I also know we can count on humor to be prevalent.
Well, they are leading all of Baseball but where will they go from here?
I was born in Texas and spent most of my life in and around the Arkansas/Missouri border where this flag is common in houses, yards, in and on cars ranging from flags to decals to license plates.
Time to begin our trek home! We make a big swing through Cotter, Mountain Home, Salem and Mammoth Spring before turning back to West Plains and Springfield then home.
We plan on floating the Buffalo River from Dillard's Ferry to Rush. Then we go to nearby Bull Shoals and tour the Visitor's Center and see the famous White River where huge trout abound.
A new job, a new hometown, and our first mini-trip of the year. Taking my family to my old stomping grounds in North Central Arkansas and seeing an old friend both human and not.
There are many National Parks in our great country. Wilson's Creek is one dedicated to remembering one of, if not the darkest time in our nation's history: The Civil War.
They took his daughter. They took his ex-wife and him. Then they kill his ex and frame him. So, where does this film series go now? I have a few ideas for Hollywood. Personally, I like them.
He was old when I met him, and he became a surrogate Father to my Father, Grandfather to me. Over the years and miles we grew close, he and I. He was perhaps the greatest man I ever knew.
You may not know his name, but you probably know his works. Enter if you dare the world of Richard Matheson, author, screenwriter, man of a thousand stories.
Time on this plane of existence is growing ever shorter, and there are things I would like to accomplish prior to leaving this all behind and moving onward. Thus, a Bucket List I desire to accomplish.
Come on in, old friend! Welcome, welcome to our humble abode. Would you like to take a tour of our new home? Why we'd be glad to show you around!
The more the future closes in on him, the more the past comes alive for him. It is bright and sunny, filled with the fragrance of Spring while the alternative is cold and empty, a promise of nothing.
So, how well do you know your movies? Are you a film buff, a one line specialist? Do you know who said what in which film? Let's find out, shall we?
In the first portion of our Dream, we were aiming to downsize, move to a beautiful location and find a job at a lesser income, one that would allow The Dream to come true. Has it? Read on!
There are a few things that get me going, stir my soul so to speak. God and my Family first and foremost, and close behind them comes Bluegrass music and BBQ. Combine them, and I'm in Heaven!
It can happen anywhere. Heinous murders can and do occur in the unlikeliest of towns across America. It does not need to be in the streets of New York; it can happen in the smallest of towns.
Aye, 'twas a long, long time a-comin' but f'nally I wa' able t' see me show! An' a bonnie show it t'was! Ireland The Show is a wonderful tribute to the Emerald Isle and its traditions.
I would like to list just a few of my favorite airplanes, both those I have flown on and those I have not, but would sure like to!
The road less traveled is difficult, yet it seems the road less positive is all too easy to traverse. What drives people to take this road? I wish I knew...
There are so many voices in the wilderness, so many songs to be heard if we were but to stop and listen. Last night I heard one of my favorites again for the first time this year.
We are risking our future in order to assure we have a future. We are daring to drop everything and move to the area we desire to eventually retire to now in order to prepare for then. God help us.
Each year there are any number of films that vie for your attention and money, yet there are also those who fly beneath the radar and are not viewed by many. These are but a few of those films.
One of my favorite films is When It Was A Game, a documentary produced by HBO in 1991. It brings back baseball in a simpler time, and reminds us it was a game once.
For those of us who follow sports, we have heard this said time and again with it becoming more prevalent as the future becomes the present. Excuses are made for behaviors which in normal society...
I am not sure where I stand today. Have I progressed to where I am the pebble, causing the ripples in a still pond? Or do I remain one of the ripples? Either is fine; I am simply curious where I am,
It was once the center of a home, built many years before. Its hearth warmed those within, its focus on heat and cooking, not ambiance as those of today. It had purpose. All that remain are memories.
He glared at his boss, not believing what had been said to him. Furious, he turned his back without a word and stalked out the door, never to return.
My first trout came in 1977, in the White River of Arkansas. I did not know what I was doing (and probably still don't) but I have enjoyed pursuing this beautiful fish ever since.
In the Fifties, issues in schools were chewing gum in class. In society, it was public intoxication. Has Society improved or declined, and how far have we progressed or fallen?
Every now and again, Hollywood does something right. Saving Mr. Banks is one of those gems.
Although the World Series only ended some seven weeks ago, pitchers and catchers report in roughly the same amount of time. The Cardinals will be back playing before I know it, and I can't wait.
11/14/14 I am waiting for my friend to die, waiting for word that his struggle is over and pain gone. But my anger remains: he did not have to die! He is though and the reason is shameful.
The National Association of Pupil Transportation, or NAPT held its annual conference in Kansas City this year and I was fortunate enough to attend. It was eye opening to say the least.
The Lost Island - the mere mention of such a location brings to mind strange visions of some version of a pre-history to which we are unaware. In this novel this is exactly where we travel.
I have despaired at times for the youth of the world; for what we are leaving them and for what they seemingly act and think like. Recently I found a reason to have hope again in a strange place.
Recently, I rented the movie "God's Not Dead" and sat down with my family to watch this film. We spent the evening with this wonderful movie; and I agree: God's Not Dead!
Our final day of vacation. Leaving Little Rock, traveling through Conway and Harrison and then spending some time in that timeless town, Eureka Springs. Then, Home Sweet Home.
As I sit on my couch watching the 2014 All Star Game, I think back on some of those ghosts of the past and put together a National League squad. Billibuc, I ask you to field the American team.
We have reached Little Rock and have a veritable plethora of things to choose from. Which will we enjoy and which will have to wait for another trip?
Day Two of our vacation to various locales in Arkansas. Several hundred miles and several hours puncuated by moments of fun and adventure.
For the first time in my life, I was going to take an actual Family Vacation, one with something for everyone. I have long dreamed of this and finally the dream was coming true.
Wander along the winding pathways of Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo. Take time to stop and see the exhibits filled with wonderful animals from far and wide. Some you know; some you may not.
We have spent long hours in the E.R. of the local Freeman Hospital the past two weekends; hours which, in my estimation, were ridiculous and far more than should have been. My question: why the wait?
My eyes were opened today. Perhaps I knew, somewhere deep inside, that this world existed but I was blissfully unaware of it. No longer. It was thrust into my face with polite care but it cut deeply.
We have arrived at the critical point in our puppies lives. By the end of Week 8 we must either have found them a new home or keep them. Which way will we travel at the fork in the road?
We are now entering the fun times of our Lab puppies lives. More to see, more to do, and more to get into!
The next phase in our Labrador puppies lives. Eyes opening, beginning to walk, and other milestones in their lives.
We have just had our first litter of puppies. The Labrador Retriever, America's Number One Breed are wonderful dogs. Travel with us as we enjoy the first two weeks of life of our little girls.
Some experts say yes; others say no. I have found data that to me says yes, fracking is causing a goodly portion of the earthquake swarms attacking America's Central Plains today. Where will it lead?
With regards to Weird Al and Cletus Judd, Novelty Songs did not originate with them. Watch and listen to some classic funny songs of the past while they tickle your funny bone.
I strive to be level headed, calm, maintain a demeanor that I, my wife, and my children can be proud of; but every now and again I get angry. Guess what? I'm pissed off!!!
Until about a year ago, I had never heard of NASP. Now, I am a proud parent of a participant and I am looking forward to having our youngest take part next year.
It attacks silently, with no warning. It can appear without provocation in otherwise healthy, strong individuals. When it does hit, it affects not only the person but the entire family. Forever.
Douglas Preston has two ebooks presently available online which review the Amanda Knox trial, and the blatant miscarriage of justice. Take a look inside the case from the view of various individuals.
"If they don't notice, then they weren't meant to see." Preston draws you into his true story in which he travels through Navajo land following a legend. An incredible read; I highly recommend it.
To show a dog properly requires much more than simply buying a pure-bred dog with papers. It requires discipline, dedication, and above all, patience. And not just a bit of expendable cash!
I am a planner. For the past couple of years I have been planning a Family Vacation, but something always seems to stop me in my tracks. This year, we are going and that's that! Some of my ideas.
On May 25, 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged America to place a man on the moon before the end of the decade. We did; now what? When will we pick up that challenge once more?
This was one of my 2013 Christmas gifts from my wife. Preston and a friend are following in Coronado's footsteps to the legendary Cities of Gold, Cibola. Hardships, laughter and deep insights abound.
Is the growing feud between A&E and their reality show Duck Dynasty real or a cleverly constructed media hype?
If one is a writer who has a confession that one has writer's block which needs to be aired, where does one go?
A Cat is a distant creature, seldom allowing you to know the depth of its caring and love beyond an occasional snuggle and purr. Today we found out just how much our cat loves us by what he did for us
Last year, I wrote on how I was becoming a curmudgeon. Today is my birthday, and this year I would like to compare the times from my youth to today. Read along, and do you remember...
December 7, 1941 was "A date which will live in Infamy" according to FDR. If that was infamy, then what do we call November 22, 1963?
This was supposed to be a day of joy, but it was not to be. Another lost soul in this world decided this was the time he must act, and in doing so caused widespread pain and disappointment.
75 years ago this evening, Orson Welles perpetrated one of, if not the greatest hoax, if you will, in entertainment media history. We interrupt this hub for a news flash...
I stand facing the future, yet am bound to the past. I have one hand firmly holding my son's and the other stretching behind me, back into history. I am the tie that binds his future to my past.
Every day is a struggle to function in a normal manner. Focus, which should come fairly easily, oftentimes is not there. I hide this condition every single day and it wears me out. What do I do?
"God, grant the idiots forgiveness, and grant me the sanity I need to deal with those idiots"
Each year I hope, I pray it will not come; but it always does. This Hayfever drives me insane with sneezing, dripping, sinus headaches and general misery. And nothing gets rid of it!!!
It all started so benignly five years ago; a chance encounter on a sports site to play Fantasy Baseball. I have done fairly well but what I learned in one league last year...
George Santayana spoke one of those sentences that resound across the world. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." I do not know if that includes our family trees, but...
My son is reaching an age where he is interested in things outside the house; interested in things which live in the woods. So we went a-hunting this weekend. It is amazing what lives in our woods!
To many a pet is a family member. To others, they are a means to an end. In other words, something to make money off of. The food that they eat will determine more than their health either way.
What was once a fun, easy to use writing site is in danger of becoming something other than that. Is improvement for the sake of improvement always good? Are they driving writers away?
How many of you have seen Animal House? That wonderful scene where Kevin Bacon is attempting to join the fraternity and is "willingly" receiving swats to prove his worth? Why do we do the same thing?
Where have our holidays gone? Why are they no longer called what they are? When did retail take over from pure enjoyment?
On the way home from a visit to Springfield's Bass Pro Shop, we stopped of at the home of the famous White Squirrels in Marionville. These rare and beautiful creatures are unique to this area.