Columns/Opinions

Wed
14
Dec

Made to Work

By Cathy Ledbetter

 

I get up nearly every morning with a very foggy head. I stagger around my kitchen trying to remember the procedure for making a pot of coffee, then I sit and wait for the coffee to be ready. This fifteen to thirty minutes after I first wake up is the most unproductive part of every day. Not only am I not physically productive (apart from making coffee), my brain is not producing much, either. I would not trust me to make any important decisions or operate machinery for at least a half hour after awakening. Being slow to awaken is apparently a family trait that I inherited from my father and my children inherited from me. My husband is the lone riser and shiner in our family and he drives the rest of us crazy with it.

Wed
14
Dec

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

I wish I could report the results of the big state game, but it will have to wait until next week. For those of you riding the tour bus, it will leave at 10:00 a.m. and return around 10:00 p.m. I thought the cost was really reasonable. When I left school on Friday there were less than 20 seats left and the bus holds 55. State fever is running rampant. The other thing that is running rampant is the disgust at the lack of coverage from our local stations. Brownwood radio is strangely silent. Waco news is absolutely silent. I did find our scores on their report page, but they never mentioned that we were going for a record breaking 8th championship. We even have an ex-graduate at the station, but that apparently rates a big fat zero.

Wed
07
Dec

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

I’m going to repeat myself. Where in the world has this year gone? I feel as if I am one step behind and I will miss the train, plane, boat or whatever.

I constantly feel as if I have missed a day of teaching or days of cleaning. That in and of itself is bad, but I am so far gone as to not even think I can catch up with my work. I wonder if I will catch up before the end of the year.

Wed
07
Dec

The Bend News

By Jo Price

 

An inch of rain was recorded this past week and, needless to say, everything is wet, which is good. It did put a slow down on gathering pecans as some of the pecan bottoms were just too wet. More rain was in the offering Monday, but as this article was being written, nothing was falling, but very overcast and cold. Colder weather is forecast for the latter part of this week, after all it is the time of year for that kind of weather.

Everyone should be prepared for a cold front and have all their outside pipes and faucets protected, just in case of a sudden freeze. It's better to be prepared than wake up and have no water because of frozen pipes.

 

Wed
30
Nov

They are trying to steal my election!

By Kevin Slimp´s

 

The special edition of “Renderings with Raymond” took the Valley by surprise Monday morning. Most folks expected fireworks on the first show following Juliet Stoughton’s huge announcement on Friday, but even his most loyal followers didn’t expect their champion to begin three hours earlier than usual.

Following a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, recorded in 1983 by Tangi Blevins and the Heavenly Hosts, Raymond introduced Lutheran pastor Brother Jacob, who reluctantly offered a prayer to begin the show. Inviting Brother Jacob was a tactical maneuver meant to sway any “fence sitting” Lutheran run-off voters to move into the Cooper camp before the Thursday vote.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

By Cathy Ledbetter

 

A Cautionary Tale

As the song says, the holiday season can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Now it seems to start with Halloween, continues through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then drops off sharply the day after New Year’s Day. For about two months, we are out shopping and spending money at a far higher rate than the rest of the year. These days we are also busy giving our credit card numbers to websites and running the mail and package delivery services ragged bringing us all of those bargains and gifts. We are out traveling to relatives’ homes and going to parties. All of this unusual activity can end up making the holiday season the most awful time of the year.

 

Wed
23
Nov

Hill Country Naturalist

Well-Timed Rains Have Made for a Bumper Crop of Native Vegetation

 

Wed
23
Nov

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

Wed
16
Nov

Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

By Cathy Ledbetter

My Secret Code

I will bet many of you, like me, have memories of learning to write in first grade on one of those tablets with the gray-ish paper and sets of two blue solid lines with a dashed line in the middle. My tablet had a picture of Roy Rogers and Trigger on the front. We had those fat yellow pencils and those pink rubber erasers that would easily rub a hole in that flimsy paper.

By second grade we had regular notebook paper and normal-sized pencils. I have a shadowy memory of a cursive alphabet on a strip across the top of Mrs. Carter’s blackboard, so I think we started learning cursive in second grade. By third grade we were using pens and we were not even allowed to print—we had to use cursive.

 

 

Wed
16
Nov

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

 

I can’t say I’m sad to see last week behind me. Although I had a great time at the CAST Conference in San Antonio, I know that a pile of work will be waiting for me on Monday. I also know that UIL is this week, and that will make staying on task even harder.

We have our big Thanksgiving meal on Friday as well as our Grandparent’s Day on Friday. I hope many of you grandparents decide to come to lunch with us. Even if you don’t have a student in school, you can adopt one for the day.

The CAST Conference was in the convention center in San Antonio. If you haven’t been there, I can tell you it occupies a very large area. There were probably several hundred workshops to attend.

 

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