Sometimes in life there are people that you meet who stand out as someone special. Someone that either made a difference in your life, maybe they’re exceptionally talented, or maybe just a true friend. Amy Betts Jarrett was all of these to me.
It was in December 2003 when I first met Amy. I had just joined the band Reckless Union and we were looking for a lead singer. When she came to our first practice and sang that first song I was blown away! I had never heard such a voice. We immediately clicked and we had our first lead singer. Amy was the young one of the group and we all shared many fun experiences such as making our first demo record, playing at many gigs, being on a big poster that we both had framed, and much more. It was like we were one big family and Amy was our little sister. She even worked for me in my office one summer and we became even better friends. As time went on however, she needed to focus on family and her college and she needed to part ways with the band. We all missed her so but we understood.
When I was younger I really didn’t pay much attention to anything of historical value. I quote John W. Gardner who said ”History never looks like history when you are living through it.” However as I’ve aged I seem to cherish the past more than ever. I find myself becoming nostalgic and longing for the simple days of the past. Read more
Music has always been a part of my life as I come from a very musical family. My father has always loved to sing and play the guitar. My mother plays the piano and occasionally plays the guitar and harp. She has played the piano at our church since she was 12 and dad has led the singing since they were married. I remember growing up as a child singing and harmonizing in the car with my two sisters. We started out singing specials at our little church in McElroy as young children and still sing as a family today.
I was opening up my monthly statement from Graham Hardware this month and noticed a pretty blue sticker stating “Celebrating 95 Years”. I thought to myself “Wow, that’s a business with a lot of history.” I also happened to be very good friends with one of the faces of Graham Hardware, “Virginia Lee Henderson Caudell” and I thought she could give me some good insight into the business. I also find her to be an interesting person and thought it would be fun to share her story.
As many of you may have noticed, the color of pink has become a fashionable thing to wear in October. Not only women, but men (including football players) are sporting the color. Recently I saw a Facebook post from Arkansas State Representative Jerry Brown asking everyone to wear pink on a specific day. He was very proud of his daughter, Amy Brown Searcy, who has survived breast cancer for over 3 years. I didn’t know her but she looked very young and healthy, not what I’d normally expect. I was interested in her story so I messaged her and asked if she’d come by for an interview. I was so glad when she agreed.
Last month my husband Jerry and I were on our way to Jonesboro when I got a phone call from my mother. I could hear the tension in her voice when she said, “James Howard has had a heart attack! Contact everyone you know for prayers!” I could tell she was upset but had no idea who she was talking about. “James Howard?” I said. “James Woods!” she replied. My heart sank when I realized who it was. She said that he was in an ambulance on his way to Jonesboro.
I love my profession as a programmer but the toll of 30 years sitting at a desk has caused a lot of pain in my neck and made me a chronic user of ice packs, heating pads, and Biofreeze. (My niece told me that ‘Biofreeze’ is my new smell.) For over 15 years I have tried many different medical procedures to try to find some relief. I’ve tried chiropractors, pain management clinics, steroid injections, therapy, and back clinics and I still end up frustrated with chronic pain.
Last Sunday I had been swimming in our neighbors Kenny and Delinda Wilson’s pool and took a quick break to talk to Jerry who was working in the shed. The sun was bearing down relentlessly and I started drinking some bottled water. Jerry noticed someone walking up and stated, “There’s someone walking up, Gina.” Read more
Knowledge is Power – This is one in a series of articles of helping our readers to be informed and proactive about their health.
It seems there has been so much in the news lately about the alarming spike in skin cancer cases. I’ve heard the subject on talk shows, news stories, magazines, and even among my circle of family and friends. Most likely if you bring up the subject of skin cancer you’ll know of someone that has been affected by it.
I know quite a few people who have survived the disease and unfortunately several who have died with it. I wanted to bring you the story of three people that I’ve come across just recently.
Recently I purchased the historical book “A Virtual Tour of Downtown Wynne” at the Cross County Museum and I couldn’t stop looking at it. It depicts with detail the beginnings and evolution of our city. I’ve always been one who loved the notion of going back in time and living in the “good ole days”. It was a simpler, more innocent time in the world when everyone worked hard and knew their neighbor. My Grandma Weddington used to say “They weren’t always ‘good’ ole days. Times were hard.” (I’d probably last around 10 minutes.) Read more