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Old dogs can learn new tricks
Posted Tuesday, July 29, at 1:57 PM
I said I wouldn't, but I have, and now just when texting is probably going to be obsolete, I have started texting. Most people in this world under 30 probably started texting before they could walk and to them my announcement is a "so what." Actually, texting was a difficult decision for me and one I fought for several years...

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Remember when?
Posted Tuesday, July 22, at 10:14 AM

Remember when you had the energy to work and play? I am sure most everyone can relate to the days when we could put in a hard eight or ten hours at work and still have enough get up to go out and play a game of softball or jog a mile or two. As I drive to work and back I take notice of people jogging, riding bicycles or walking. ...

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Half full or half empty?
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 9:56 AM

We have all heard the old adage the glass can be half empty or it can be half full. Okay, does that mean 2014 is half over or should we just say we have half the year left? Whichever you choose it means the same and we are well into the year. As I was working on my list for the week (I have written columns on my obsession with lists) the date hit me and I realized the sixth month is gone. ...

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A time to celebrate
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 9:40 AM

We celebrated our country's birthday on Friday with picnics, family reunions, barbecues and fireworks. Hopefully, we all took a moment to appreciate why we were celebrating. We had the privilege to enjoy this holiday, and all others, because our ancestors declared they wanted to be free...

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Home again, home again
Posted Tuesday, July 1, at 1:19 PM

Vacation is like Christmas. You look forward and plan for it and then it comes and goes and becomes a memory. As I have said many times before, a week of vacation passes so much faster than a week at work. Our family chose Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for this year's vacation. It had been almost 25 years since I visited the area and it is good to go back and see how things have changed...

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Summer has arrived
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 8:59 AM

I am having a difficult time keeping my word of not complaining about the hot weather. During the cold of winter I made a promise I would not complain if it ever got warm again. Summer officially arrived on Saturday but warmer weather arrived earlier. Last Saturday I was at an 8 and under softball tournament (with my granddaughter) and even with sunscreen and a hat, I got a little too much sun and came home with a red face...

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Another Father's Day
Posted Tuesday, June 17, at 1:19 PM

Father's Day has come and gone and I have to apologize for failing to mention it beforehand. Call it old age but lately events arrive much sooner than I expect. Father's Day is a day set aside to honor our fathers. We know we should honor them every day but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a day just for them...

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1960s remembered
Posted Monday, June 9, at 6:21 PM

I have to say the recent reunion with the Manila classes of the 1960s was good. I have to commend the people who did all of the work getting it together. Events don't just happen. It takes a lot of work and effort. I think everyone had a good time visiting and remembering the '60s, a good time to grow up. ...

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Making decisions
Posted Tuesday, June 3, at 3:38 PM

There are weeks I can pull up the screen on my computer and the words just start tumbling down to my fingertips and before I know it -- I have a column. Other days I pull up the screen and all I get is blank. I have been writing a weekly column for about 20 years or so and I wonder if it is possible to just run out of words. At 52 columns a year for 20 years (if my math is correct) it will add up to 540 columns...

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Gardening tme
Posted Tuesday, May 27, at 4:49 PM

I do not pretend to have a green thumb. I enjoy viewing the beauty of other people's gardens and flowers but I have never been any good at yard work. My lack of green thumbs also comes out in house plants. I have never been able to keep one alive for over a month. I have friends who have plants passed down through two or three generations and it amazes me...

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Blackberry Winter
Posted Tuesday, May 20, at 1:50 PM

Growing up I heard my grandparents talk about Blackberry Winter. I don't know much about growing blackberries or predicting the weather but we may have experienced Blackberry Winter last week. We are in the middle of spring and the temperatures did dip down into the 40s last week and for some reason Blackberry Winter popped into my mind...

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Graduation
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 9:41 AM

It has just been a few weeks since I wrote about graduation but I have to once again congratulate all of the graduates, including my granddaughter, who graduated from Riverside High School on Friday night. I will say one of the best changes since my children graduated is "air conditioned" gymnasiums. When I think back and try to remember the guest speaker or the valedictorian, all I can recall is it was hot...

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Don't forget mom
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 5:20 PM

Mother's Day is Sunday. Mothers should still be a priority for all of us who are fortunate enough to still have our mothers with us. Mothers are special, and I hope no one out there takes their mother for granted. Friends come and go throughout lives, but mothers are always there for us (even during those teenage years when we may not be very loveable)...

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No complaints
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 11:02 AM

I hate to admit I am turning into a complainer. I complained all winter about the cold and now it is warmer and the wind is driving me crazy. All in all we are into the 119th day of 2014 and I have been pleased with the weather two of those days -- Sunday, April 20, and Monday, April 21...

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Where does the time go?
Posted Wednesday, April 23, at 8:39 AM

Here I go again asking the same old question, where does the time go? It seems just the other day I was introducing the new teachers and staff for a new school year and now I am working on the Town Crier's annual graduation section honoring seniors at Manila, Buffalo Island Central and Riverside High Schools...

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Easter time
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:20 PM

Sunday will be Easter, a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. We celebrate Easter as the day our Lord came out of the grave so all who believe can have eternal life. For those who don't believe in the resurrection, Easter Sunday, like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, is just another day...

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We've come a long way
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 11:56 AM

When we think of a pioneer we think of early settlers in a covered wagon who made the trek west paving the way for us today. Pioneers come in a lot of forms. I think "Rosie the Riveter" was a pioneer letting the world know just what women are capable of. During the World War II era women were forced to leave the comfort zones of their homes and go to work in the defense plants. That was a major change in life in the 1940s...

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April Fool's Day
Posted Tuesday, April 1, at 10:33 AM

March, along with spring breaks, have come and gone. Today is April 1 -- April Fools' Day. I have read different theories on the origin of April Fools' Day. One explanation was a new calendar in the 1500s changing New Year's Day from April 1 to Jan. ...

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Favorite movies of the past
Posted Tuesday, March 25, at 12:03 PM

I don't go to the movies often so I am not up to date on the good, bad or ugly movies on the big screen today. There was a time when I loved going to the movies and went at least once a week. I rarely missed a Sunday matinee at the New Theater in Manila. ...

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Going into a new season
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 1:26 PM

First I want to congratulate the area basketball teams for a great season. Teams from Buffalo Island Central, Manila and Riverside all did a great job. We had several teams to go beyond the regular season and represented their schools and our area well...

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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