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Smart phones made us dumb

The Way I See It by Don West While enjoying the fruits of my labor after my first year in business, I decided in 1990 that I would not be interested in using computers, nor would I ever need a computer or want a computer. Well, I think I was wrong. I will add that […]

Teaching myths

Lessons Learned by Glenetta Shuey As a retired educator with over 40 years experience, I have seen the good, the not-so-good and the downright ludicrous! I have heard it all as well: the negative and positive, and truly laughable ideas people have concerning teachers and their work. Admittedly, as with any profession, there are some […]

Let kids handle their own problems

In My own Little World by Aubrey Broussard When I was growing up, my parents never got involved with my teenage drama. Yes, teenagers have a lot of drama, and anyone raising them completely knows and understands what I’m referring to. As children transition from child to young adult, hormone fluctuations, social challenges and life […]

Forgiveness starts with you

In My Own Little World by Aubrey Broussard They say the best way to move on from an offense is to forgive and forget, but I disagree. Sometimes you have to forgive without forgetting, even when that person is yourself. In my life, I’ve learned that no matter what anyone has ever done to me, […]

Who’s minding the rollercoaster?

Many people fear the idea of being on a carnival or amusement park ride that malfunctions. It’s a common happening, actually. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 39,000 people visited emergency rooms because of an amusement ride-related injury. Also in 2016, a 10-year-old boy in Kansas was internally decapitated on a 17-foot-tall amusement […]

It won’t grow on trees

The Way I See It by Don West I am including some highlights in this week’s piece from a column I wrote in 2003, because many of our local elected officials either were not around then, or possibly missed or ignored the warning signs: “If you have followed the local news lately, you are not only […]

Proud to be a mean mama

In My Own Little World by Aubrey Broussard I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’m a mean mama. Let me explain. My son, his friend and I were engaged in a recent conversation with some adult friends about teenage antics. My friend was sharing funny stories about how he used to lie to his […]

Thoughts from the driver’s seat

The Way I See It by Don West When one looks back on life, its ups and downs, its hills and valleys, and gets the big picture of the past, it seems that the circle is nearing its completion.  I completed 12 years of primary education, then two and a half years of college, four […]

I can’t hear you

Lessons Learned by Glenetta Shuey We listen to music. We hear our phones ring. We listen for our children giggling outside. We recognize the sound of someone’s voice when we answer the phone. These and hundreds of other life experiences are examples of  hearing that we absolutely take for  granted. No one in my family […]

Learning from experience

In My Own Little World by Aubrey Broussard One of the hardest parts of being a parent is allowing your children to learn from their own mistakes. It’s downright painful watching your child head down the same paths you once dared to explore, especially when you know the dangers ahead. When your own life experience […]

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