• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • ...Four boys she'd had, and she never gave a thought to what happened when they got behind the wheel; ah, but the girl...what can I say?    This is a story about how mothers stay mothers forever, no matter how old their children get, how far those children have traveled, or how capable those children might have proven to be in taking care of themselves over the years. It's a brief story of my dear sainted mother, Lillian E. Thompson (1926-2002), who managed the Poplar Bluff city bus company for years until her retirement in 1996. It's a tale that illustrates how that "lioness instinct" never dies---at least if you have a child you consider something of an egghead with little in

    Apr 30,
  • Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th, and that leaves sons, daughters, and grandchildren plenty of time to plan a loving salute to moms everywhere! The really swell thing is that when you give yourself a little time to plan, you don't have to rush to the smell-good section of the nearest five-and-dime before church that Sunday, in the hope of seizing onto whatever little cheesy French knock-off doesn't scream, "TOTAL ABSENCE OF CLASS OVER HERE!!!" Because when you couple that kind of "inspiration" with a supermarket corsage, and a hasty blue-plate special at the only roadside greasy-spoon with any seating left in the county, you're setting yourself up for tragedy of ancient Greek proportions. I've been tooling about the Internet

    Apr 29,
  • "You can't engage anybody in battle who doesn't do the same things you do...It's like a boxing match, where your opponent gets to kick. It's impossible to survive, let alone win." ---David Kelley In addition to life-threatening blood loss, Kelley had sustained an ugly hodge-podge of injuries of the sort consistent with a bomb attack: permanent nerve and tendon damage (in both legs); an injured internal organ (his liver); and significant shrapnel to the head, arms, and chest.

    Apr 25,
  • The incident, however, did not end with the bombing of Kelley's truck. "We were [then] engaged by small-arms fire," recalls Kelley. "Our gunners were shooting back." "The thing is, we'd been out on patrol, and we were actually going back to refit," says Kelley, regarding his platoon leader's fateful decision to order "one last sweep" of the major supply route they'd been inspecting that day. "We were going back to get more fuel, more water...We were actually going to make it back in time for a hot meal---something that was only possible maybe three times a month!"

    Apr 23,
  • Choose the paper mail you want. Stop the junk mail you don’t. Your personal information is being collected, bought, and sold by thousands of businesses every day. Without your consent. ProQuo helps you to remove your name and personal information from thousands of marketing lists, data brokers and other organizations that send you unsolicited mail. Avoid identity theft by keeping unsolicited personalized offers out of your mailbox and by getting your name off unwanted mailing lists. Over 100 million trees get used for junk mail every year in the U.S. You can help by stopping your unwanted mail. You decide which businesses use your personal information, giving you the power to select the offers that come to your home. Link

    Apr 22,
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