Daily Dunklin Democrat blogs http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Daily Dunklin Democrat newspaper in Kennett, Missouri en-us Dining with Dogs (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/66961 Dining with Dogs Have we all gone dog crazy? Well I admit I have! And from what I see in Southern California, everyone else has too. Friday nights we usually go out to dinner. After a long week, it's just a reward to do something special. This past Friday night we were dining al fresco, when I noticed more doggies' dining than usual. Big dogs, small dogs all laying quietly around the table of their owners. I mentioned to David (my husband) that all the dogs were so well behaved... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:11:24 -0500 The Pageant of the Masters (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/66520 One of our favorite places to visit in SoCal is Laguna Beach. Laguna is about 35 miles from our home, due south in Orange County (The OC) and is located on the coast. July and August is a great time to visit Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts' crowning jewel and considered by some as the most unique production in the world. What is it? Living pictures from classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:52:23 -0500 A Field Trip To Remember (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/66410 Sometimes it feels like the stars are all aligned and the heavens have opened up. I had a recent experience that was so wonderful I have to share it with you. In May, my best friend and fellow teacher Julie invited me to go with her on a field trip she had planned for her English students. Our field trip was to San Marino to tour the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. I had actually gone once before, but going with Julie was a whole new experience. First, I have... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:18:25 -0500 Sheryl at the Hollywood Bowl (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/66158 This past August, Sheryl Crow was in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. It's always an awesome experience to see anyone at the Bowl, but seeing someone from my hometown of Kennett takes the experience to an all-new level! In case you aren't familiar with the Bowl, it is world-celebrated as the finest outdoor amphitheater. The Hollywood Bowl got its start in 1920 when the residents of Hollywood walked up to Daisy Dell in Bolton Canyon to take part in a Hollywood May Festival (according to... Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:06:40 -0500 Alarmed at School (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/66071 It's been a very long time since I've posted a blog. I am still living in beautiful Southern California, going on my fourteenth year! Currently teaching school in the San Gabriel Mountain area, near Pasadena. Lots of crazy and funny things happen at school and some not so funny things, so I will be yapping about those things and also some of our ventures around the SoCal area! My current place of employment is enclosed by an 8-foot fence. Access into the school is through a main office door... Tue, 24 May 2016 10:27:32 -0500 Malden Historical Museum Website (Maldenite by David Black) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/1488/entry/65011 Last year I designed and published a new website for the Malden Historical Museum. I invite you to go to our new website at http://www.maldenmuseum.com You will find plenty of new and engaging pages that illustrate the many wonderful historical finds from the history of Malden from 1878 to the present. Today, we are excited about Compton & Newberry performing a concert that will benefit the museum on February 15th, President's Day. This is a ticket only concert and to read about the concert... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:13:24 -0600 Big and Hairy: Part 2 (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62596 I saw bigfoot? Something crossed the road up ahead of us on two legs. I gunned the motor and hit my high-beams to get a better look. Then it re-crossed the road, again on two legs, and disappeared into the dark forest. I included the question mark in the title because, as you will see, I'm just not positive what I saw. It happened in the summer of 1992. An old friend had accompanied two of my sons (ages two and six) and myself on a trip to Canada. As I have not asked his permission... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:30:45 -0500 Big and Hairy: Part 1 (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62595 I have a confession to make - I am a fan of those TV survival reality shows. I love the "man against nature" aspect of people who are taken to a wilderness area and dropped off with limited equipment or supplies. They are given a set amount of time they must keep themselves alive and/or find rescue. One of my favorite survival shows was, "Survivorman" starring Les Stroud. Les calls himself a wilderness adventurer. In the show, he would take a little survival equipment and all his own... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:30:08 -0500 Voracious (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62594 There are two piles on the cedar chest at the foot of our bed...always two, usually three, and sometimes even four. No, they are not dirty clothes that haven't yet made their way into the laundry room. They are books, magazines, newspapers, even mail and pamphlets, that I plan to read, or am already engrossed in. There is a loose order into which they are sorted. The ones I want to read soon are on top, going down in descending order of desire, down to the bottom where lie the ones I think... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:29:28 -0500 Hitting the Wall (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62593 Those of you who know me know that I am rarely speechless, yet words didn't come as I traced my fingers lightly over the inscription. I'd barely known him, although I had gone to school, and been friends, with his youngest sister. She and I never talked about him. He had probably gone into the army as a draftee, as so many like him did in those days. He probably had a sense of national pride and excitement as he left home...mixed with fear. When he went to Vietnam he was a little older... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:28:28 -0500 God's country (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62592 I had a column all ready for this week...until yesterday. One of my sons had come home to visit Southeast Missouri with his wife, son, and in-laws. We were next door, visiting another of our sons, when we heard a ruckus across the road. Up in one of the big oak trees, where a limb had broken off, a baby raccoon was squalling for his momma. A hollow had formed where the big limb had been, and she'd crawled in there and given birth. The baby was there, about 25 feet off the ground. Its eyes... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:25:56 -0500 Everything's up to date in...Poplar Bluff? (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62591 Last week my wife took me to the Tinnin Center at Three Rivers College to see a play. She had taken me to plays there before, to see such classics as "Our Town," but this time was different. This time we were going to see a musical, and not just any musical, we were going to see perhaps THE musical -- Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma". She knew that "Oklahoma" is probably my favorite musical. I have grown up watching "Oklahoma" when it showed up on TV, and I even have a copy of it on DVD... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:25:22 -0500 The Wonderful Wizard of Odds (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62590 We went to Oklahoma to spend the holiday with one of our sons and his family. My oldest son, who is named after me, took his family out too. While several of us hung out in the back yard as the burgers, dogs, and brats were cooking, I looked down at the ground and my eyes focused on a bright, green four leaf clover. I picked it and made the standard comment about it being my lucky day. Conversation quickly turned to other things and I absent-mindedly looked downward. My oldest son glanced... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:24:48 -0500 Wouldn't you like to be a prepper too? (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62589 There was a show on TV a couple years ago called "Doomsday Preppers." It garnered a lot of comments, all the way from people who thought those depicted on the show were complete loony tunes, to others who agreed that doomsday is imminent in one way or another. While the series covered some people who could be considered extreme, if not the lunatic fringe, some of them came across as pretty normal. In the real world there are many people who believe in being prepared, even if they reject the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:23:52 -0500 Shotgun Susie and friends (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62588 A friend of mine told me this story a while back. She was home alone one night when two men started banging on her door. She looked out and didn't recognize them. They were obviously drug or alcohol impaired so she yelled that she was calling the police. The strangers tried her door, then went around the house to her carport and started trying to gain access to her car. She called 911 then yelled for the men to leave. When they didn't, she carefully opened her front door, stuck her... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:22:38 -0500 Tiny Hands (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62587 Sometimes life gets to us. Sometimes the world weighs on our shoulders. Sometimes we feel like we are at wits' end. I can remember a time when my wife and I were having a tough time. Ann worked full time and I had gone back to college full time. We had five sons. The oldest was six. The second was four. We had one-year-old twins and a little newborn surprise. Ann would work all night and come home to take care of the boys and house during the day, and catch a nap here and there... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:21:53 -0500 Let it snow. (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62586 OK, now let it stop. Let me get the negative out of the way first. My full time job is working for the state at a facility that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 42 weeks a year. If I call in unable to go to work for any reason, somebody else has to put in a shift they weren't scheduled for. I hate not going in for work because it puts someone else out. I hate that even more than I hate not feeling free to call in to take off from work. I went back to work early after my dad... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:20:46 -0500 Cross Country Boys (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62585 I saw a movie recently that I want to recommend. It's not the best movie I've ever seen and some critics call it formulaic and predictable. Well, yes, but what do you expect from a sports story about a bunch of underdogs who turn out to be champions? It's a formula that has proven successful since long before Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" hit the screens and made box office history. And the fact that it's predictable? Well, it's hard not to predict much of what happens in the movie when the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:20:08 -0500 Winners never quit and quitters never win (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62584 In my previous column, "Can't never done nothin'" I pointed out that some people just won't accept defeat while others seem to spend their lives looking for excuses to give up. Former Clarkton, Missouri residents Charles and Bettie (sometimes spelled Betty) Birthright, are examples of the "never quit" attitude. I recently visited Clarkton to look at the house (now 143 years old) that Charles and Bettie shared there, and made the trip to Stanfield Cemetery to pay tribute to two of the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:19:33 -0500 Can't never done nothin' (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62583 I'm a fan of a couple TV shows that are popular right now. "Yukon Men" and "Alaska the Last Frontier," both show how difficult life can be in the far north, and how resourceful those people are who call that region home are. One episode of "Yukon Men" showed a couple men discover a 70 year old bulldozer in the bush. With hard work and ingenuity, they used a piece of cardboard and a mop handle to nurse the vehicle back to life after it had lain idle for several decades. Impressive. In a... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:17:13 -0500 A different runner (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62582 Ernie Andrus pulls on his running shoes and stretches in preparation for what lies ahead. He steps stiffly out the door and starts moving. Muscles gradually warm up as he puts one foot in front of the other. Ernie is working on achieving a goal he set off for on October 7, 2013. He hits the road and runs his first mile of the day, then his second, then his third, then...but you get the idea. Ernie is working on a goal that would be daunting to anyone. He is running across the United... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:16:22 -0500 A Twisted Turtle (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62580 I hate to be negative, but something happened to me a while back that really frosted me. I was gassing up at the Casey's in Lilbourn when I detected the distinct odor of cigarette smoke, and found myself dusted with cigarette ash, carried in the breeze. Parked in the herringbone parking in front of the convenience store, an older man had opened the door to his pickup and dumped his ashtray out onto the parking lot. Really? I mean, really?! You fill your lungs with ash and tar, and smoke up... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:15:01 -0500 Red Tail Angels (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62579 My oldest son was quite interested in aviation in his younger years so, about 20 years ago, I took him and his next younger brother to the airport at Columbia, Missouri to an air show. We were looking forward with excitement to watching the jets and airplanes fly over. As we walked in to the bleachers beside the airstrip we saw a few tables set up with educational displays. I really don't remember what all they held, but one in particular caught my eye. My sons and I walked over and I... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:13:54 -0500 The dream lives (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62578 Those of you have been following my column have probably noticed that I sometimes like to point out what the real meaning of certain holidays is. Well, this time I'm pretty sure everyone knows why we observe the holiday that comes up on Monday, January 19, but I think too many people take it for granted. On that day we will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As most everyone knows, Dr. King dedicated his life to achieving true freedom and equality for blacks in the United... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:12:56 -0500 A real sports hero (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62577 Some people go through life taking what comes and getting by. Others live their lives to the fullest. Amanda, one of my daughters-in-law, has a lifelong friend named Jessica. I'm sure, when Amanda and Jessica were little girls they shared their dreams about the lives they would have. I'm also sure that Jessica's dreams didn't include cancer. At age 11 Jessica was diagnosed with bone cancer and her family was faced with the tough decision to amputate her leg. I won't argue about the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:12:09 -0500 Break a leg (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62576 Phil Robertson has done it again. Phil is the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" Robertsons. He founded a business making and selling duck calls, expanded it to include deer calls and other outdoor supplies, made millions of dollars, and now expounds on his beliefs on religion and family on the popular TV show centered around his family. He has raised the ire of many by his frank comments, most recently by what he is alleged to have said to his granddaughter's boyfriend. Sadie Robertson is the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:11:19 -0500 On raising a lady (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62575 As the father of six sons, I'm far from an expert on raising girls. Some might argue that I'm far from an expert on raising sons, too, but then, some might argue that I'm far from an expert on anything. Regardless, I'm going to offer my two cents worth on raising girls. I'm the proud grandpa of four beautiful little girls who call me Pa (and two boys too, but that's another article), so I think I'm qualified to have an opinion. Things were starting to change when I was a kid, but,... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:09:54 -0500 The unbreakable Louis Zamperini (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62574 There is a movie coming out on Christmas day and I'm recommending that you see it. I've never seen it but have been led to believe it is a faithful presentation of the experiences of Louis Zamperini. If it is, it should be some movie. Louis was a problem kid, always in trouble. He broke the law frequently and most people who knew him thought he would end up in prison or dead as a result of some crime or another. But Louis had family that believed in him and fate on his side. His brother... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:08:27 -0500 The ballad of Buford Pusser (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62573 I have a birthday coming up on December 12. While I have managed to make it through 58 years without doing much of note, others have walked tall in life and legend. Twenty years to the day before I was dragged screaming into the world in a back room of Dr. Croom's office, another baby boy was born near the little town of Finger, Tennessee. He would grow to be 6'6" and open eyes on the basketball court and football field in high school before moving on to bigger things. The year I was born,... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:07:30 -0500 A sleeping giant (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62572 A few days from now, a little remembered day in history will be observed by very few. As the years go by we lose more and more of those who were alive when, "a date which will live in infamy," occurred. As their numbers dwindle, fewer and fewer Americans remember how close we came to being eliminated as a major military power on that day. With the loss of the military might of the United States, it is almost irrefutable that the rest of the world would have eventually fallen to the combined... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:06:42 -0500 Freak hunting accident? (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62571 With the opening of deer season throughout the US, we must brace ourselves for the firearms accident reports that will start to filter in. A father mistakes his son for a deer. A driver is injured by a stray bullet. A rifle goes off in a truck cab, necessitating the amputation of a young hunter's leg. Firearms accidents can be some of the most horrendous and heartrending news stories. A pleasant day out hunting is ruined by an accident and lives are changed forever. Yes, I accept the... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:05:55 -0500 Barbecue Day (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62570 November 11 is the official day of that month set aside to take off work, barbecue, and watch sports on TV. Right? In this country where many millions of men and women have given their lives to protect our freedoms, lots of people choose to use that day set aside to remember their sacrifice as an excuse to get together with friends and loved ones, overeat, lie around, and watch sports. At 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, in a railroad car on a siding at Compiègne, representatives of the allies... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:04:41 -0500 The preteen pariah and the white deer (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62569 An 11-year-old hunter from Michigan is learning a tough lesson about ignorance and social media. Most young people and a lot of adults would do well to learn these lessons. Gavin Dingman and his dad had been seeing a beautiful white deer in their hunting territory for the last few years. They and other hunters in the area had talked about trying to bag the animal. Long story short, it was Gavin who took the trophy with a crossbow recently. The picture I've seen shows the smiling youngster... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:04:00 -0500 Different: Is it the new normal? (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62568 A few months back, Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, publicly revealed that he's gay. Sams was later drafted by the St. Louis Rams, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League. Recently, Raven Symone, who we first came to know and love as little Olivia on the Cosby show, did something quite courageous. Raven made comments that have been called shocking and that some feel are divisive. No, I'm not talking about... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:02:16 -0500 On the Sidelines (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62567 In my job as sports editor, I spend a lot of time on the sidelines at different sporting events. It allows me to see the events from a different angle than other fans. More than that, I attend a lot of events where I don't have a child playing or coaching. Not having "a dog in the fight" really gives me a different perspective. I see some athletes playing their hearts out and others playing half-heartedly. I see some (very few) coaches who take their jobs way too seriously and others who... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:01:24 -0500 Domestic violence double standard? (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62566 NFL running back, Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, has been in the news a lot lately. For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the last few weeks, Rice has been accused of domestic abuse for knocking out his then girlfriend, now-wife, Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City hotel. Let me start out by saying I didn't witness any of the events I am about to discuss, but I did see the surveillance video from the elevator where Rice threw the infamous punch. While I want to be... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:00:21 -0500 You're not alone. (A Different Drummer by Scott Matthews) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/2012/entry/62565 It's tough trying to stay in shape or, in my case, get back into shape. It's hard work and takes a lot of time out of your day, but many of us feel that the payoff is worth the cost. Unfortunately, there are some potential problems intrinsic to the effort. This was brought home to me a couple times lately. Most recently a friend of mine was out riding his bike and got hit by a pickup. He had to be Life Flighted to Memphis with a broken ankle, a broken hip, two cracked vertebrae, and maybe... Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:59:20 -0500 Where I live: (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/50672 I wanted to share with you in this blog about where I live in Southern California. Claremont is a small oasis in the eastern corner of Los Angeles County. Our little town is about 38 miles east of Los Angeles. It's about 14 square miles in size and has a population of 34,926. Claremont was founded in 1826 and the government is made up of a city manager and council. Our city is located at the basin of the St. Gabriel Mountains. Our climate is very mild with an average temperature of 63 degrees... Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:27:52 -0600 A Special Little Stormy Gift to Me (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/49096 I read this story written by one of my good friends, who I also roomed with while at Ole Miss. She is a mother of 5 boys and this story is a testament to her faith and love for her family. She has always been an exceptional lady. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi. I just had to share with you. I know it will bring a bit of light into you life too. Enjoy!! A SPECIAL LITTLE STORMY GIFT TO ME.... Yesterday Jack was moving into his dorm at Ole Miss to begin his freshman year. Jack has had such... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:36:44 -0500 Russo's Pet Experience (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/48925 My daughter is a student at University of California in Irvine, which is on the coast between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. For a journalism assignment she wrote the following true observations from a Pet Store at Fashion Island. If you have ever watched any of the Wives of the OC or Laguna Beach TV series, you will recognize much of what she is describing in the following paper. Which by the way received an A from her professor (sorry Mom is proud). I have visited this pet store as well, and... Mon, 06 Aug 2012 08:52:08 -0500 Empty Nester (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/45681 I guess you could say my husband and I are empty nesters. Honestly, I don't like that term. I mean 'empty nesters' sounds like we live sadly alone and unhappy. The term 'empty nesters' refers to: "when children move away, mothers can get what is called "Empty Nest Syndrome", which is generally accepted as the lonely, abandoned feeling of the home being empty", according to Wikipedia. I think that definition is an example of gender discrimination, why doesn't it say "mothers and fathers can... Mon, 09 Jan 2012 09:26:35 -0600 Cash only (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/44786 I sent this email to the staff at my school. I wanted to share with you too. This really did happen and it is something I feel needs to be told..... and most of you know that I live in the LA area... I wanted to share something with all of you. Yesterday morning I stopped by a bakery in Duarte or Azusa not sure which one it was they all seem to run together to me. I stopped at a place I had never been before. I wanted to pick up some bakery items for the staff on the way in. Well I... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:10:10 -0600 Laughter really is the best medicine.... (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/43366 Yesterday I was sitting outside reading the Saturday addition of the LA Times when I happen upon the Home section and laughed out loud, many times and found myself in a really great mood. The article (which you will find below) is written by Chris Erskine. His sense of humor is fabulous and with all the really bad news we are facing now days, this was a spirit lifter. Hope you enjoy as much as me..... Going to the dogs Young couples are always asking me: "What's the ideal number of kids?"... Thu, 08 Sep 2011 08:13:02 -0500 School is back in session..... (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/43334 This past Monday we (teachers and staff) were back at our post and at 7:50 AM sharp and with the first bell came all the students into their first period class. My first class was a new group of 6th graders. I teach technology classes at a middle school (6-8) in LA County. Sixth graders are always nervous because they are the new chicks on campus. They lined up outside my door so when the tardy bell rang five minutes later I was wondering where my 34 students were? In grade school they are... Tue, 06 Sep 2011 08:14:05 -0500 Laughter really is the best medicine.... (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/42886 Yesterday I was sitting outside reading the Saturday addition of the LA Times when I happen upon the Home section and laughed out loud, many times and found myself in a really great mood. The article (which you will find below) is written by Chris Erskine. His sense of humor is fabulous and with all the really bad news we are facing now days, this was a spirit lifter. Hope you enjoy as much as me..... Going to the dogs Young couples are always asking me: "What's the ideal number of kids?"... Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:45:04 -0500 Soul Surfing..... (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/41305 As some of you may know, my son is a competitive swimmer. Shortly after moving to Southern California he took up surfing. While at college, he spent many hours surfing and my husband and I often wondered if he spent more time surfing than in class, studying or in the pool. He says that when he is surfing he feels peaceful and all his problems seem to just melt away. I guess it puts one in a tranquil state. He once told me that before he enters the water; he get down on his knees to thank God... Thu, 05 May 2011 08:03:52 -0500 Time flies by so fast...... (Cali Living by CBHine by Cindy Hine) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/cindyhine/entry/40991 It's been a long time since I have posted a blog. I guess with the budget cuts to California public schools, all the cutting of jobs, pink slips and bumping I lost track of time. I did get my job back 5 days before school started this school year (2010/2011) and was overjoyed! I was not given a pink slip for this coming school year so I am very grateful! Why no pink slip for next year, not really sure could be due to Obama's education money that finally made its way to the school districts. I... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:39:14 -0500 Book Signing In Malden (Maldenite by David Black) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/1488/entry/37297 "You are graciously invited to a Book Signing Malden Library 113 North Madison Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 10 a.m. -- Noon Author and New Madrid native: Mary Sue Shy Anton "New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend" Published May 2009 by Southeast Missouri State University Press http://www.marysueanton.com Information: 573 276-3674" - Malden Public Library I was pleasantly surprised to receive this invitation in my e-mail. As web master of... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:33:50 -0500 1973 (Maldenite by David Black) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/1488/entry/36788 I have decided to write entries of 1973 news highlights. Perhaps you will find these events a memory that delights or one that you might find sad. Hope you enjoy and return for memory updates of 37 years ago in Malden. January 4, 1973 Burglars loot home of Pat LaFont. Take items valued at $2,000. Funeral services held for Mrs. Florence Riggs. (This is my grandmother. She owned Riggs Hardware. I loved her very much and miss her today.) Avery Wilcoxson, local merchant dies. Mr. and Mrs.... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:46:22 -0500 1903-Earliest Edition of Original Newspaper In Malden (Maldenite by David Black) http://www.dddnews.com/blogs/1488/entry/35420 All information for this blog is collected from the microfilm reader at the Malden Historical Museum. The original paper is located in the vaults of the Delta News Citizen in Malden. Thanks for reading the Maldenite blog. The Dunklin County News. It was a Democratic paper. Established in 1886 and the Dunklin Country Register, established in the late circa 1800s. (It is impossible to tell from the microfilm the exact date of the Dunklin County Register.) To a history buff, these microfilmed... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:53:30 -0500