Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us 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 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