Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us 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 Letís 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 A special day for special people Another Mothers Day has come and gone. I have been a mother for 47 years and a grandmother for 21 years. I have been a daughter for almost 67 years and I am blessed to still have my mother with me. We live in the same house and just like when I was growing up she is still taking care of me. She has always been a good example for her children to follow. I realize I come up short in comparison but so does everyone else. It seems we have to become a mother to really appreciate what our own... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:01:43 -0500 Rainy season I forget from year to year how much damage the heavy spring rains can do to the area. The last weekend in April we had heavy rains and strong winds come through leaving a lot of damage. Our area has been more fortunate than some other areas of Arkansas, Missouri and other states. We got up Sunday morning, April 30, with a lot of water. I hate to admit it but we slept through the storm. We came home from a softball tournament, the power went out so I just went to sleep. I go to a country... Tue, 09 May 2017 11:02:51 -0500 Don't forget Mom Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. It is the day set aside for us to honor our mothers. I am not going to go into my usual Mother’s Day column but I do want to say if your mother is still with you, please let her know how much you appreciate all of the sacrifices and love she has given. We don’t have to wait until Mother's Day, we can let our mothers know every day how special she is. I am so blessed to be almost 67 years old and still have my mother with... Tue, 02 May 2017 11:13:50 -0500 Hanging in there Where do our minds go when we get a little older? I spend half my time trying to think of a name or what I came into the room looking for. Sometimes I will rack my brain trying to think of someone's name and when I give up, 10 hours later it will just appear. Yes, it is official, I am old. I call my five grandchildren by their sibling or cousin's name. I can remember my grandmother calling me by my sister's name or her by my name. I would think to myself, she is just getting older... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:01 -0500 Take Me Out to the Ball Game.... As I was looking for a parking spot at the Manila ballpark last week to watch a 10 and under softball game, the lyrics to the old song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, started running through my mind. The catchy tune has been around for over 100 years. As I walked to the field where my team was playing, I saw kids of all ages on all four fields at the Manila park. I have spent a lot of time in ballparks across the area beginning when I played as a teenager. In those days we had one, big ball... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:29:44 -0500 Easter time 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. For all of us who believe, it is a special day, a day that renews our hope and gives us peace. I have fond childhood memories of the Easters we gathered at Grandma's house for a special lunch and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:57:48 -0500 April showers for May flowers April showers bring May flowers, or so it is said. I think the showers started a little early. We saw quite a bit of rain the last week in March. The rain came down last week fast and furious. We made it through April Fool's Day on Saturday, a day set aside to play pranks on family and friends. The history of April Fool's Day goes back to the 16th Century with a calendar change moving the first day of the year from April 1 to Jan. 1. Evidently some people refused to change or did not get the... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:41:27 -0500 Graduation is near Spring break is over (hope everyone had a good week) and another school year is about to end. Each year at this time I like to congratulate all of the seniors who will be graduating from high school. They only have a few short weeks left and their high school days will be history. I hope they have good memories about their high school years. From now until graduation the time will fly by and one morning they will get up and it will be the day they march in to Pomp and Circumstance, receive... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:48:43 -0500 Spring has arrived Did everyone enjoy the snow and cold weather just a week before the official first day of spring? I am happy we did not receive the amount of snow and ice our northeastern neighbors are having to deal with. I am sure they would look at our snow as just a little dusting. I personally didn't mind the snow but the cold weather that followed did not make me happy. When I have up and out on those cold mornings, I think some of the bears have the right idea -- just hibernate until spring. Unlike... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:21:41 -0500 A new season begins In addition to the beginning of spring next week, basketball season is over and a new season -- high school baseball and softball -- has begun. I want to congratulate Riverside and Manila senior boys basketball teams for an outstanding year. Manila made it to the state quarter finals and Riverside made it to the state semi finals. With the end of basketball comes the beginning of baseball and softball. Most years spring sports have to battle the elements. Some games are cold, some warm, and... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:59:36 -0500 Don't forget to "spring forward" We will need to "spring forward" one hour for Daylight Saving Time on Saturday night. Don't forget to move your clock forward before you go to bed or you will be late all day. I am sure some people like Daylight Savings Time and others will not. I suppose it depends on if you are a morning or a night person. When I was younger I liked the sun to stay up as late as possible because I had things to do and places to go. I guess I still like the longer days but I don't have near as many places to... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:34:38 -0600 Skills for a lifetime Students have been busy celebrating Vo-Educational Week. I have visited all of the area schools over the last few weeks taking pictures and gathering information. The students and advisers have been very gracious and welcoming. It has been awhile, but I do remember my years in FHA (Future Homemakers of America) and home economics classes. Today it has been renamed to be more fitting for the times and is called FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America). Back in the old days when I... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:21:03 -0600 Another season coming to an end The end of another basketball season is nearing as the junior high tournaments are over and the senior high final tournaments are in the near future. The end of the season always takes me back to a time in our family life when we were busy, on the go and loving every minute of watching our children participate in their sports. Today, it is our grown children who are busy supporting their children. They are meeting themselves coming and going keeping up with their children. It is good to pass... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:07:17 -0600 Bad Ground Hog Okay, the Ground Hog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter a couple weeks ago but is he correct? He did see his shadow on Feb. 2, the official Groundhog Day. The temperature started going down as soon as his prediction was announced. I don't like to think about six more weeks of winter. I was hoping the little rascal would predict an early spring -- and be correct. I am so ready for outside time. Officially spring does not begin until Monday, March 20, but most of us would not... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:41:34 -0600 Don't forget to remember Feb. 14 Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine's Day. This is just a friendly reminder to not forget your sweetheart on the one day a year set aside to remember. I personally think it would be a better world if we remembered to be nice and thoughtful to each other every day of the year. It might cut down on the high divorce statistics. A little kindness can go a long way in making a better relationship. Valentine's Day has been around a long time. One article I read said it originated in ancient Rome. Boys... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:36:35 -0600