Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us Why? Every time I hear of a senseless act of violence or major vandalism, I always wonder why. What would make anyone think killing innocent people could make any situation better? I am referring to last week's shooting in Las Vegas. It has been called “America's deadliest shooting in modern day times.” It is almost unbelievable one person could commit such an act of violence. The shooter left almost 60 dead and hundreds wounded, ending the horrific act by taking his own... Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:46:14 -0500 Celebrating October days October has arrived and hopefully we can all celebrate cooler temperatures. Most years October brings cooler weather for us to enjoy after the high temperatures of July and August. I decided it is time to go to my source (Google) and see what is ahead for us in the upcoming days. We think of October as just another month on the way to the special days like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I looked on my calendar of events for October and discovered every day has something we can celebrate. We... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:01:43 -0500 Not always easy to hold on to optimism It seems to get more difficult to stay optimistic about the world around us when we hear of a school shooting, a terrorist attack in London, senior citizens abandoned in a nursing home during a hurricane, a freshman in college dying from possible hazing, and missiles threatening our country -- all within a few days of each other. I have been accused of having my head in the sand and I have about decided it is not such a bad place to be. I am not sure if the acts of evil are getting worse or... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:31:34 -0500 A new season about to begin Friday is the first official day of autumn. It begins Sept. 22 this year. Sept. 22 also happens to be my youngest granddaughter's birthday. She will be 11 years old. Autumn lasts until Thursday, Dec. 21, this year. Sometimes we get winter weather before winter actually begins but we will wait and see. It has been several years since we have had a really harsh winter in Northeast Arkansas. We have had some really cold days but we have not had a major freeze. I am always ready for the fall... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0500 Remembering grandparents Grandparents Day was Sunday, Sept. 10. Grandparents Day has not been around forever. It started when President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation in 1978 making Grandparents Day the Sunday after Labor Day each year. There is even a song, "Grandma and Grandpa," for the day and an official flower, forget-me-not. Grandparents Day always makes me look back and be thankful for the wonderful grandparents I had. I have shared this before, but I am so grateful to have been raised knowing... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:14:43 -0500 Remembering the hurricane victims My heart goes out to our Texas neighbors who have experienced the recent flooding and damages due to Hurricane Harvey. It is so sad to see families have to leave their homes and not know if they will have anything when they return. Last week we watched the live news videos of people on top of roofs waiting to be rescued, families being taken out by boats, elderly living in assisted living homes sitting in water, and one entire town washed away. We get some heavy rains in our area at times... Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:23:22 -0500 Labor Day weekend Labor Day weekend is just ahead and hopefully all of the hard-working people will have a day to rest or a weekend to enjoy a mini vacation. The holiday has been around since the late 1800s as a tribute to the hard working men and women. I know our “labor” can't compare to the work our great-grandparents and even what our grandparents had to endure to get us where we are today. It is difficult to imagine life in the early factories or plowing behind mules. I am sure it was not... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:43:00 -0500 Looking back Do you ever get tired of being a grown up? Do you remember when you could laugh and play all day long and never worry about things like insurance (or the lack of it); illness; utility bills; car payments; dirty dishes; forgetting to take your medicine; or piled up laundry. Somehow I don't think kids feel as carefree as we did in the 1950s, but I hope they still can enjoy their lives before having to take on life's responsibilities. In the 1950s our dads went to work, our moms stayed... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:39:15 -0500 The bells are ringing to a new school year The 2017-2018 school year is officially underway. As much as we would love to see summer vacations last forever it will never happen. Teachers started a week before the students who started on Monday, Aug. 14, but all are back in the classrooms ready for a new school year. I always enjoy meeting the new teachers as I go to take pictures and gather a little information to introduce them on the pages of the Town Crier. Time gone by hits home at the end of each year as I take teacher retirement... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:02:37 -0500 Golden anniversary Where has the last half century gone? My husband Dale and I will celebrate our golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 19. I am not sure why the 50th is called the golden anniversary or for that matter why the 25th is the silver anniversary. I am sure there is a reason somewhere back in history. I do feel very fortunate to have reached the silver and now so close to the golden anniversaries. It seems the last 25 years have gone by much faster than the first 25. With that in mind, the next 25 will... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:38:30 -0500 Back to school shopping It is time for back to school shopping and the state of Arkansas will help families make their dollars go a little further. There will be a state sales tax holiday on Aug. 5 and 6. Every penny counts when parents are dressing and buying supplies to get their children ready for school. Kids have a way of growing fast so nothing fits from year to year. I always enjoyed shopping with my kids for their school clothes, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other needs. We didn't run to town several... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:23:19 -0500 Mark Aug. 21 on the calendar Are you ready for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse? It is said to be the first to traverse coast to coast in the United States in nearly a century. I heard motels in the path of the total eclipse will be charging unbelievable prices per night giving guests the opportunity to experience the event first hand. I read where one farmer said he plans to do away with his hay harvest and provide RV parking in his field. If the prices I heard are anywhere close, I will have to watch it on the news. I... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:03 -0500 Good things happening I attended the groundbreaking last week in Monette and Leachville for the new Buffalo Island Central school buildings and I toured the new Manila High School building under construction at the June board meeting. A ground breaking for the new senior citizen center in Manila was held last week. The five lane highway is coming along throughout the area and I am happy to see all of the improvements across Buffalo Island. I jokingly say from time to time, “I hope I live to see the five lanes... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:24:59 -0500 Another Fourth of July gone I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July holiday last week. Growing up we always looked forward to the summer holiday. We attended a family reunion at my great-grandfather's home at Walnut Ridge and later years in Keiser, enjoyed fireworks, played with cousins and ate homemade ice cream. I will share a memory of the Fourth of July 1984. We were on vacation visiting my brother and his family in Maryland. We decided to spend the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. We watched the National... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:13:44 -0500 Time flies after 50 Throughout life we hear time passes much faster as we get older. Since I tuned 50 a year or two ago (lol), almost 17 years have passed. It is hard to believe half of 2017 is history. We can say this year is half over, or like the optimistic person we should try to be, 2017 has six months to go. It doesn't matter if you are a half full or a half empty type person – I dare to say time is passing quickly for all of us. It seems school was out just a day or so ago and now it is time to... Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:03:00 -0500 Fourth of July Celebration The Fourth of July is near. It will be on Tuesday this year. As we all get ready for family gatherings, barbecues, vacations, fireworks, picnics, parades and festivals, let's take a little time to think about why we celebrate. It is our country's birthday and we should all be proud to be Americans. Too many times we hear people who have nothing good to say about our country. It really bothers me because we did not just come into being. People had to sacrifice, work hard, and some even... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:39:06 -0500 Remembering Dad (This is a repeat from 2013. If you remember it, you don't have to read it again but every year at this time, I miss my dad more than the year before. I just want to remind everyone to remember your dads and do not take any time with him for granted. We never know when it will be our last day together.) Sunday will be Father’s Day – a day to honor our dads. The women in our church cook breakfast for the fathers every year on Father’s Day and they seem to enjoy a hearty... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:26:49 -0500 Days of June June can be an unpredictable weather month for northeast Arkansas. It can be very warm and summery, it can be a little cool (especially in the morning and evenings), or it can be just right. Time will tell and we will see what we have ahead. We can almost be sure the Fourth of July will be hot or hotter. We have Flag Day on June 14, Father's Day on June 18, and the first day of summer on June 21. I like to look at the calendar with special days listed. Most of us do not know about those... Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:18:13 -0500 Let summer begin he final bells of the 2016-2017 school year have been heard and students in our area are out for summer break. It seems it just got started and now another year is history. Many graduates are leaving high school to start a new phase of their lives. The younger students are awaiting nervously to start their 13 year trek from kindergarten to high school graduation. Life truly is a circle. Even though I have been out of school for almost a half century I remember well the best day of school for... Tue, 30 May 2017 10:21:34 -0500 Let's remember Monday is Memorial Day and most people will enjoy a day off from their jobs. The weather is turning right for a great long weekend and we look forward to it after the chill of winter. I would like to ask everyone to take a few minutes and remember why we get to enjoy the day. The Memorial Day holiday is observed in remembrance of military men and women who sacrificed their lives for us so we can have freedom. There will be parades, ceremonies and family reunions across the country. I hope... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:48:53 -0500