If Jiminy Cricket had any actual power as a conscience, his story might have gone a lot quicker. Then again, when you’re given a computer console that can make someone cry, grin or throw a tantrum like in “Inside Out,” it can get even trickier.
I listen to the national news, and it alarms me: crumbling infrastructure in sprawling cities, abused children in homes where they should be safe, unspeakable murders in peaceful towns, the weak apologies of elected officials involved in questionable acts, counter-claims of racism and police brutality, mentally ill or evil people wielding knives, guns, cars, fire, and poison to harm others.
It's been a good week for my fantasy baseball team. And I don't say that without any hesitation. It was a sight to behold, as I moved up the standings once again with seven batters hitting over .300, producing 28 RBIs and nine home runs between them. All that to move up one spot in the standings, although that one spot accounted for 4 roto points, so not too bad.
When budgets are tight and declining student enrollment is a reality, it can be unsettling. When I was hired to replace an English teacher 18 years ago, the high school boasted over 850 students. When we went on field trips or sporting contests, coaches were given money to defray the cost of student meals.
The imagination is a wonderful thing, and that’s what this week’s picture book is all about. “This Is Sadie” is a great book about a little girl and her great big imagination.
Like the well-mentioned bad penny, this penny called Mary Jo is back to say hi, and I hope all is going well for all of you.
Nothing makes you appreciate family more than when they do something for you. From the littlest things to sometimes the biggest. In my family we have one who totally outshines anyone for just doing with a grateful heart. It honestly doesn't matter what they have planned, if you call and seriously need something, this person makes time for you. Most times, you don't even have to ask. When he sees something that needs to be done, he just does it.
As Christians we are all really the same, but we spend a lot of time dwelling on the differences between our religions.
One day this past week I got up early and fixed a crock pot of potatoes and a pork roast. Boy, did it smell good when I got home, and it was great to have a nutritious supper, too. So yesterday I hunted for the little recipe book that came with the crock pot. I never found it, but during the search I found a recipe for “Rhubarb Rolls” that I wrote on a piece of rose-decorated stationery. I have no idea where I got the recipe or if I have tried it before. Anyway, we have rhubarb now, and some of you might have some, too.
The Country School Reunion that I’ve been writing so much about so much lately was held Saturday, June 13. It was fun to meet up with people we hadn’t seen in years and, in some cases, years and years. We learned about Moffat County country schools that we’d never heard of before. In short, the reunion was a huge success, and my sister Charlotte (Osborn) Allum and her husband, John, were here to enjoy it with me.
Environmentalists have taken to the courts in an effort to shut down the Colowyo Mine in Moffat County, a move that could cost over 200 Coloradans their jobs and devastate the local economy. Fortunately, a bipartisan effort is underway to fight for the future of these workers and the estimated $274 million dollars in regional economic benefits that the mine has provided.
How have the many years of a society dealing with its racist history come to this? How does this level of racist hatred still exist?
The message of “Jurassic World” and all the movies that preceded it is to show what happens when mankind plays God. Perhaps the greater sin that comes in the newest installment, though, is the mistake of trying to play Spielberg.
You’ve heard about Bruce Jenner transitioning to Caitlyn status because you can’t get away from all the media coverage.
Lots of people have read “American Sniper,” the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a #1 New York Times bestseller. The Academy Award-winning movie, “American Sniper” was based on the book.