Of God, man and Facebook UPDATED

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.

We’ve all seen them on Facebook: Posts of pictures featuring folded hands or sad-eyed lambs with oversized text that says: “If you love God, Stop what you’re doing and Repost this. Jesus said, ‘If you Deny me before Men I will deny you before My father’!!!”Aside from the random capitalization, which in itself …

INKINGS: Kitchen Tour tales & tidbits UPDATED

Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:18 p.m.

 There’s never enough room to include all the information on all the families and homes in the Kitchen Tour brochure. There’s not enough room here either, but I can at least hope to tickle your curiosity to learn more about them and the Pine Forest Inn (PFI) area of the 2013 tour Sunday, October 6, which benefits this area’s …

Bedtime Stories UPDATED

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:27 p.m.

Sleeping with someone can be scary.Just last Saturday, shortly after midnight, I was on that sweet edge of oblivion, the moment of no return when you feel yourself slipping under. At that instant Widdle Baby--already sound asleep—sat bolt upright, bobbed his head sharply and let out a blood-curdling scream. Then, still sound asleep, he …

Trolley Tour reviews UPDATED

Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:54 p.m.

          “Capturing word-of-mouth wisdom" is often the best way to judge the effectiveness of a product or service. Witness a review website such as Angie’s List which uses the above quote to illustrate its mission. The current series of the Chamber of Commerce’s Sweet Tea Trolley Tours is a case in point. Those who take the …

Inklings UPDATED

Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.

Today’s designated number: 153         These are my most liked digits at the moment because they represent the total scores of my five favorite football teams in their winning opening games last week. My husband loves football – the game – and he’ll watch most any game in most any league – at least at the beginning of …

A grave revisited UPDATED

Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:32 p.m.

 The death of one of your children is cruel pain. No matter how long the lifespan – from youngster to senior – the loss is deep and devastating. Part of you has gone.But part of these offspring remain in the memories and methods you choose to keep them alive in your mind. It’s hard to write about – but that doesn’t …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:46 p.m.

God provides, even when it comes to roosters.You may remember our boy Roy, the proud, handsome rooster who showed up one day, stole my heart and vanished.Roy came and went in less than a month, just long enough for me to become a crazy rooster lady. When he disappeared I was crushed. He refused to live in the fenced backyard, and we still wonder …

A bridge (game) over troubled waters. UPDATED

Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:26 p.m.

          I was sitting in a surgery waiting room Monday, listening to a taped interview via pink ear buds and making notes on my “laptop” – aka – a small paper notebook. The woman next to me tapped me on the shoulder saying I was wanted on the phone.         Unplugging myself, I learned Jim’s new knee had been …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:33 p.m.

 Let’s see, what’s up with the news lately…You may be among the one million people who viewed a YouTube clip of Mark Brown—who could easily pass for a member of ZZ Top-- dancing to “Chain of Fools” with his pet raccoon, Rebekah. Girl’s got mad moves. It’s good, clean entertainment, if more than a …

INKLINGS: “What did I do with . . .?” UPDATED

Thursday, August 15, 2013 7:56 p.m.

 Those of us of a certain age – which is definitely me – can be constantly beleaguered by questions like the one above, in addition to such queries as: “Have you seen . . .?” or “What did I come in here for. . .?” When septuagenarians live together there are unlimited opportunities for shaky memories. Jim and I …

Age comes to us all UPDATED

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:00 a.m.

 We’re born to die, according to my late Baptist deacon father. That’s a true, if bleak, statement. I’d add this: If we’re very lucky, we grow old before we die. That goes for dogs as well as humans.Miss Nicky, aka She Who Rules, is happily waddling into the autumn of her life. We adore this little dog, who was born to love …

“Getting to know you . . . UPDATED

Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:53 a.m.

         . . .Getting to know all about you,” are part of the lyrics from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I.” To me these words can well apply to the town you live in as well as the people you live with. And that process can pay many dividends. I should know. In Jim’s 25-year Air Force career we moved 22 …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:26 p.m.

The only thing more fun than owning a rental is hitting yourself in the head with a brick. Until you pass out.I know, it’s a first world problem… but being a landlord is a special kind of crazy. Still, I won’t sell it because I have this silly hope that the market will rebound, and I’ll actually make a little money someday. …

Baked Soup UPDATED

Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:24 p.m.

 I’d thawed a huge turkey carcass with lot of meat on it, planning to make soup. Then, last minute appointment changes meant we’d be leaving early and be gone most of the next day, when I’d planned to cook. The crockpot was the obvious answer, but turned out to be much too small for the carcass and everything else I was planning …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:51 p.m.

 It’s that season again… time to change my purse over for the summer. Yes, I’m two months late, but better late than black leather in August.Actually, I couldn’t care less about what I carry. My mother is the only reason I know about purses. (I still don’t know about shoes, as proven by the tore-up Skechers I wear …

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