Dexter Statesman blogs http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Dexter Statesman newspaper in Dexter, Missouri en-us Guide to Your First Job Search (Career Advice by Erik Larson) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1664/entry/65692 Whether you're searching for your first job or returning to the job market after a long absence, you might not know how to go about finding a job. Unfortunately rejection is always a part of the process, and you have to learn to face the facts that you're not going to get an offer each time you send out your resume. Even after an interview, the employer might hire someone else. It's important that you are determined and don't give up until you have a firm offer from an employer. With the... Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:30:27 -0500 Angels danced the day you were born! (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64879 I wake up this Friday morning, January 15, 2016, to the sound of rain on the tin roof of our cabin near Moore Haven, FL, and I remember that this is a special day. Thirty-four years ago, I was lying in the delivery room at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, when the doctor said, "It's a girl!" I laughed and laughed! These days, mothers always know if their unborn child is going to be a boy or a girl, but back in the medieval ages--when I had my three children--we were completely... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:00:30 -0600 Best Laid Plans (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64829 New Year's resolutions . . . promises, hopes, dreams for perfection to come. Bah Humbug! Let's see this year, I resolve to lose 20 pounds . . . but have to finish off all the Christmas cookies, candies, fudge, and New Year's party food. Sigh, well that's an extra few pounds. Forget that. Let's try . . . I will not incur any credit card debt and pay off the credit cards. Oh, except for I have to get new bedding in the January white sales . . . and they are selling off all the winter... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:23:40 -0600 School dreams (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64816 It's 3:20 a.m. and I just woke up from another school dream. The dream is fading fast, but I know it was one of the good ones. The recurring dreams aren't always good, but this one had some of my favorite students from the past, coming back, as if they wanted to say hello again. The school and classroom aren't always familiar, but, at times like this, a warm feeling envelops me, and I know I'm home. At other times, the school is a labyrinth of stairs, which disappear like the ones in Harry... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:57:09 -0600 It started with a squirrel bite (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64743 Fourteen years ago, I was walking into the doctor's office to get a tetanus shot for a squirrel bite, when I saw a "Help wanted" sign in the window of the North Stoddard Countian newspaper office in Advance. Though I already had a teaching job, I was curious, so I went in to check. That began my career as a part time reporter. I must say that the position has been a joy. Wherever I travel, there are stories to be told, interesting people to meet, hundreds of places to explore and causes to... Sat, 02 Jan 2016 05:54:05 -0600 New Year (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64734 A news alert popped up on her phone . . . flash flood warnings were being issued. She ignored it and went on with her tasks of the days. A news item popped up on her computer . . . I-40 at her former home in NM was closed due to heavy blizzard conditions, icy roads and no visibility from Albuquerque to the Texas state line. Pictures started filling her timeline from friends in Eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. She prayed for their safety and went on. Monster tornadoes were... Fri, 01 Jan 2016 09:55:35 -0600 Christmas Love (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64667 The day was filled with hustle and bustle of trying to get everything ready for Christmas. There were still presents to wrap, food to prepared, places to travel . . . oh and work to be done. Bustling through the day, each member of the family had their assigned duty. The sisters kept the phone lines busy making sure each one remembered what the other one needed to bring and adding in some last minute surprises along the way. Friends dropped by, leaving behind wonderful gifts and food . .... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:39:06 -0600 The day Travis hid in the ham (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64642 Yesterday I learned that one of our people in the composing room is resigning. I nearly had a fit, but then she explained. She's going back to school to become an English teacher. What could I say to that? How could I object? "Did you like it?" she asked, as I proofread this week's newspaper on the copy table. I had to be honest. I loved teaching. It was my life. I lived and breathed it. When my husband died 18 years ago, teaching saved my life. It gave me a reason to get up in the morning... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:28:48 -0600 Joyful Blue (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64607 The phone rang. The vet was confirming their appointment later that morning, but . . . a pup had been found on a ranch outside of town and brought to the no kill shelter. The mother had been killed. The pup was healthy, but couldn't be kept there . . . she was "different." Could they possibly adopt her? Walking into the shelter with their pup to have her final check before their move out of state, they saw a skinny little red-brown ball of fur. She saw them and ran to them--sensing they... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:14:32 -0600 Peace (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64549 Sitting at her desk reading the news, reading social media, listening to the television in the background the emotions of life overwhelmed her. An entire school system was put on lock down because a student brought a home-made project--a clock or a bomb? People joining together for Bible study and prayer welcomed a stranger into their midst who then turned on them and shot them. An armed gunman entered a Planned Parenthood facility and began a shooting rampage. A Christmas party ended in... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:25:46 -0600 Hope (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64478 Standing at the kitchen window she looked out over the open land and dormant hay field to the wooded hills beyond. It was a foggy morning with the feel of winter wrapping the land. Watching the woods she thought of all the hunters over the last few weeks harvesting meat for their families from the deer population. Recognizing the necessity of hunting, yet loving watching wildlife she wondered why she had never seen deer in this area. Perhaps it was too close to the populated area. Perhaps... Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:32:46 -0600 Making biscuits and memories (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64438 I confess that I don't like to cook. I realize that this disinclination for puttering around in the kitchen is a cardinal sin, but, as my BFF says, the only reason I have a kitchen is that it came with the house. However, I do like to make biscuits, and my son Matthew loves them, so, when my daughter-in-law Laura asked me to show her my "secret," I was more than happy to oblige. My house was uncharacteristically full this Thanksgiving holiday. The old walls must have fairly glowed with... Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:24:03 -0600 Invasion from Mars, 1938 (Bunyan Tales by Paul Corbin) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1231/entry/64429 From the archives of Paul Corbin It was 7 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1938. I was finishing a day's work on my Watkins delivery route in rural Stoddard County and had pulled my 1935 Ford car into Mr. Cazart's service station in Bloomfield. Mr. Cazart was filling my gas tank with six gallons of gas that would cost me one dollar. I could hear music, coming from a radio inside the station, when suddenly the musical program was interrupted by a news bulletin, stating that a huge, unidentified flaming... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:02:56 -0600 The seahorse caper (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64428 I learned at a very early age that stealing was not all it was cracked up to be, and I have to admit that the lesson has stuck with me all my life. I was in the first grade at Bowerman Elementary in Springfield, Mo., and I must have had a wonderful teacher, because I learned to read, and this has been my most treasured gift. Additionally, our teacher brought interesting objects to the classroom from her travels. We had our own "Window on the World." One day, I came into the classroom to see... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:45:33 -0600 Thanks (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64412 Driving in pouring rain out of the city in rush hour traffic was no fun! She though surely the cars would slow a bit or at least not tail gate . . . think again. With wind whipping the rain, it slashed across her car so that she could barely see. Finally creeping along in the bumper to bumper traffic she could exit the highway. Needing to stop for a few minutes, she went to the grocery store to purchase a few items not easily available at home. Walking about the store gave her the chance... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:39:28 -0600 Surprise (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64351 "Honey, I can't find my key fob for the truck! Get the flashlight." With a sigh. She grabbed the flashlight and went in search . . . again for his key fob for his truck. The loop that kept it on the key ring had broken and he carried it in his pocket these days. It seemed that every time he pulled things out of his pockets, he lost the key fob. So, after a quick glance on the bed side table, and a few other places he tended to leave his "pocket things" she went outside to search the area... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:45:54 -0600 The Easter Pigs (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64304 Perhaps my title should be "A farm is a wonderful place to raise a family," but, for current purposes, I will try to confine my ramblings to pigs--if I can. These days, my farm has no livestock, but when my children were growing up, we had all sorts of critters running around the countryside--cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese, ducks..... Actually, my husband would roll over in his grave, if I were to leave the impression that the larger animals--the cattle and... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:17:03 -0600 Sisters (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64271 She had always wanted to drive. The freedom of getting behind the wheel had always appealed to her. Finally she convinced her sister to teach her to drive. Off to an empty parking lot they went to begin her lessons. Fortunately the car was an automatic. That would simplified a lot and save them from whiplash. They talked through all the "rules" that needed to be obeyed. She explained the feel of the gas pedal . . . how to treat it as if rolling an egg under her foot--not smashing one;... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:19:53 -0600 Gods's Masterpiece (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64208 Looking out the windows over the valley below, my eyes are drawn every fall to the circle. The light green of the aspen has turned to the color of spun gold. On the mountainside beyond the town lies a copse of trees forming a circle of gold with green ponderosa pine in the center, like a golden ring on the mountainside. It always turns gold before the rest of the aspen. When the circle is complete is when I love to drive to the surrounding towns and admire God's painting of the world. Driving... Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:22:36 -0600 Kids and noses--What are they thinking? (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64194 For some reason, I've recently been reminded of a story my mother-in-law told me at least twenty years ago. As a mother of three, I'm well aware of the ridiculous things that can happen in a household with children. My husband, Dale, was a stolid, practical man, ungiven to flights of spontaneous fancy, so I remember thinking how far-fetched this story sounded, but I guess even the most serious individuals have to start out as children and learn about life the hard way. One of the familiar... Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:18:32 -0600 Blink (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64137 The sound of the phone woke the sleeping family. Realizing the time, they finished the call quickly, gathering their things and rushed out the door. They had a "thirty minute" drive and only twenty minutes to make the rehearsal. Arriving only a few minutes late, they concentrated on the rehearsal for that evening. Services followed the rehearsal, but she had a sense of foreboding filling her. Something was wrong. She could feel it with every fiber of her being--they had to return to their... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:08:19 -0500 Capturing Oral History: Grandmother's trip over Bloomfield Road (Bunyan Tales by Paul Corbin) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1231/entry/64092 __From the archives of Paul Corbin--2-17-2010__ It seems that the Bloomfield Road which enters Cape Girardeau is a recurrent topic of conversation these days, since questions arise as to whether it should be widened and straightened to make it more convenient for traffic coming into town from the west--or whether it should be left as it is to preserve the scenic beauty of this historic road. Just a few weeks back, I was driving this road, and as I passed the little round pond on the north... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:25:56 -0500 The Adventures of Bruce the rooster (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/64091 A recent story by a fellow columnist has reminded me of the adventures of Bruce the rooster, a particularly feisty banty rooster who terrorized our farm, when my daughter Kristin was a toddler. That reference dates this story at 30 years ago. The little feathered devil made such an impression that I haven't had chickens on the farm since then. This particular chicken was supposed to stay at the barn, but my son Todd found the baby chicks, after their mother disappeared, so he gathered up the... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:06:20 -0500 Calming your child's fear of the dentist (Tooth Talk by Mack Taylor, DDS) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/2016/entry/64087 Not long ago, I decided to address what appeared to me to be the two most common reasons that people stay away from the dentist's office, things I saw or heard multiple times a day from almost every patient. While I don't plan on rehashing the same subject I do want to discuss dental fear again, albeit by a different audience -- children. By the time a child has their first birthday or their first tooth has erupted, they should be seen by a dentist. As I wrote in my previous article... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:42:12 -0500 The Web (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64086 The days were changing so quickly with the season. They had finished their meeting later than expected and it had turned dark outside. Not even thinking about that it might be dark when they finished, no on turned on the outside lights that lined the sidewalks. So instead of walking home along a lighted path, it was dark . . . no moon dark . . . and of course the light over the door burnt out as well. Groping their way along the familiar sidewalk they reached one person's car. She quickly... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:46:35 -0500 God's Waterfall (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/64033 The morning was crisp with just a hint of the oncoming winter. Leaves scuttled across the yard in the ebb and flow of the wind. The world seemed to be holding its breath as it waited for the first warming rays of the sun to break over the mountains. Slipping on a jacket, she stepped out into the cool morning, sipping her hot tea and settled to watch the break of day. At first glance she thought there must be fresh snow fall on the mountain peaks. They appeared white in the distance. As... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 22:56:05 -0500 Buzz Kill (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63957 Such a beautiful cool day was perfect for them. The air had the feel of autumn in it yet the sun was out with rays playing over them, kissing them with warmth. They were curled up on mom's lap, napping. Hearing the buzz of a fly going through the room, he opened one eye slowly and watched it traverse the room. It felt so good to snuggle. The fly buzzed its way closer, lazily in the cool air. He felt a stirring of annoyance as it fly closer and closer. His other eye opened. He was going... Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:13:34 -0500 Rock or Leap (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63876 They had been out of town for a couple of days. The cats had been "home alone," but left with plenty of food, water, and clean litter pans. Walking in the door, she didn't know whether to expect to be possessed or ignored. They are cats . . . either or both were probable. Walking into the house she heard timid, pitiful, pathetic, heart wrenching mews. The boys (as they are often called) were curled up together on top of a storage container on the coffee table in the living room of the... Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:41:08 -0500 A Walk in Time (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63793 The poles were raised in the air and set in the form of a tripod. Quickly other poles were placed until the circular support structure was in place. The canvas skin covered the poles enclosing the tipi into a cozy home. Working with speed and experience, the inner lining was soon in place, a fire pit dug in the center and the items of primitive life set in place. With a small fire in the pit, the chill of the autumn day was quickly dispersed as their home for the next week took form. All... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:40:13 -0500 Schedule released for Perryville volleyball tournament & September Showdown (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63743 PERRYVILLE, Mo. - The schedule has been released for the highly antcipated Perryville volleyball tournament. The 20-team event takes place Saturday at the Perryville Park Center, Perryville High School, Perryville Middle School and St. Vincent High School. The field is divided into four five-team pools. The first and second-place finishers in each pool advance to an eight-team single-elimination gold bracket; the third-place finisher in each pool advances to a four-team single-elimination... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:44:34 -0500 The Race (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63723 It was a glorious morning to be outside. They were having so much fun running through the fields with the sun warming them as the slight breeze kept them cool. Seeing mom near the gate they raced toward her. As they came to the gate, they were neck and neck as they raced to be the first to her. He saw an opportunity to win if he could just slide through the gate first. Stretching out his legs as far as he could he was almost there. The opening was at a slight angle from them. If he... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:30:37 -0500 Dexter youth basketball registration underway (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63696 Registration is underway for Dexter Parks & Recreation youth basketball. Youth basketball is open to boys and girls entering the third, fourth, fifth or sixth grades. Players will be put on teams by luck of draw. Basketball practices will be conducted at the coaches' discretion at the DPR gym and the Old Gym on Park Lane. Games will be played at the gyms on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon if needed. The registration fee is $40 per player. Checks should be... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:18:32 -0500 Volleyball state rankings (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63679 The latest high school volleyball state rankings provided by the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association have been released. A slew of schools from the southeast Missouri region are state-ranked. St. Vincent is ranked No. 1 in Class 1, Winona is ranked No. 3 in Class 1, Bismarck is ranked No. 8 in Class 1, Lesterville is ranked No. 9 in Class 1 and Bernie is ranked No. 10 in Class 1. Valle Catholic is ranked No. 5 in Class 2 and Woodland is ranked No. 7 in Class 2. St. Pius X... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:49:19 -0500 2015 Dig for Life Classic Schedule (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63646 The schedule has been released for the 48-team Dig for Life Classic volleyball tournament. This year's tournament takes place Sept. 11-12 at Southeast Missouri State University and Notre Dame Regional High School. Both are located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This season 48 teams will compete in 16 three-team pools on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Bracket-play is slated for Saturday afternoon. Dexter defeated Park Hills Central in the golf bracket championship last season. See a... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:48:52 -0500 9/11 (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63659 Air traffic was backed up. They were flying a holding pattern waiting for their turn to land at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. As they circled, she watched the city below her. It felt so far away and yet evoked such strong emotions. Neighborhoods passed below, traffic patterns could be seen, familiar places made famous through the lens of cameras for television--and tragedy. Following along the river, the plane circled the city, slowly making its way south across Manhattan Island,... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:14:39 -0500 Dexter takes second at Notre Dame Volleyballfest (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63629 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Dexter Bearcats varsity volleyball team secured a second-place finish for a second consecutive season at the Notre Dame Volleyballfest Saturday night. Dexter beat Lindbergh 25-18, 25-13 in a quarterfinal and edged host Notre Dame 25-19, 26-28, 25-23 in a semifinal before falling to defending Class 3 state champion Helias Catholic 25-13, 25-21 in the championship. "This was a tough, tough tournament," Dexter coach Carmen Morgan said. "I just told our girls 'we have... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 02:22:07 -0500 Ooze Cat (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63590 Walking through the house she noticed the shadowing in the window. There, on the window sill, between the curtain and the glass sat the cat. Stately, sitting tall, his silhouette was perfectly reflected through the lace curtains onto the wooden floor below. She couldn't resist and snapped the photo before he detected her proximity and moved. Walking into her office she saw an almost duplicate shot. Except this was a black and white Siberian Husky sitting on the back of a couch looking out... Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:18:02 -0500 Schedules released for Dig for Life Classic & Notre Dame Volleyballfest (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/59527 The schedule has been released for the 48-team Dig for Life Classic volleyball tournament. This year's tournament takes place Sept. 11-12 at Southeast Missouri State University and Notre Dame Regional High School. Both are located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This season 48 teams will compete in 16 three-team pools on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Bracket-play is slated for Saturday afternoon. Dexter defeated Park Hills Central in the golf bracket championship last season. See a... Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:59:38 -0500 The Storm (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63521 The wind blew so hard she thought that the window beside the bed was about to break. Lightning flashes came so rapidly the sky was light as day for long periods of time. The rumble of thunder shook the house as it filled the air with constant movement and sound. Trees bent under the ferocious attack of the elements outside. Rain pelted the already drenched earth with more moisture and rivers careened out of their banks--flooding the land. It felt as if their home was caught in the middle... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:38:33 -0500 Schedules for Notre Dame Volleyballfest and Woodland Invitational (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63437 ***Notre Dame Volleyballfest CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Eight of Missouri's elite volleyball programs are set to square off Friday, Sept. 4, and Saturday Sept. 5, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Notre Dame, Ste. Genevieve, Lindbergh, St. Vincent, Lafayette, Dexter, Helias Catholic and Perryville will compete in the two-day Notre Dame Volleyballfest. Notre Dame, Ste. Genevieve, Lindbergh and St. Vincent will compete in Pool A. Lafayette, Dexter, Helias Catholic and Perryville will compete in Pool B.... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:59:33 -0500 My Short Term Memory (Bunyan Tales by Paul Corbin) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1231/entry/63478 From the archives of Paul Corbin Now that I am a senior citizen, I am finding that the citizenry as a whole is very considerate in tolerating the many deficiencies brought on by my declining years. Boys, young men, and beautiful ladies hold the door open for me as I enter the post office or the grocery store. If I have a package of more than five pounds, they offer to carry it for me. Most of them know that I am living alone, and some of these ladies bring me cookies, cakes, pies, and... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:58:09 -0500 My gerbil ranch (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/63448 When my oldest child was about seven, he had the brilliant idea to raise and sell gerbils, those cute little mouse-like rodents with the long legs, big black eyes, and amazing jumping ability. Like a good mama, I found myself unable to tell him that there was probably little demand for these athletic little critters in the Midwest farm country around Advance, Missouri. My husband simply stayed out of the project altogether, choosing to ignore the little varmints, unless they got loose in the... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:33:47 -0500 Words we seldom use (Bunyan Tales by Paul Corbin) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1231/entry/63447 A never-before published story by the author I have never used the words in my vocabulary to write an obituary or an epilogue, but here I am at age 97, wondering if it would be appropriate and ethical to write my own eulogy. Webster defines the word "eulogy" as being an oration or written praise of accomplishments, but he didn't say who could be the writer, so I went to Mr. Google, and he said there was no reason why I should not write my own eulogy. I will begin this eulogy with November... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:28:56 -0500 God's Hands (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63439 Flying into an unknown airport is always a bit . . . unnerving. Flying into one of the largest in the world, having to change planes--and terminals--was alarming. After all, she was a small town girl, traveling alone, and handicapped to boot. When she checked in for her flight they assured her that someone would meet her at the gate and get her to the next gate. There would be plenty of time . . . no worries . . . the concourses were side by side . . . just trust them. Right, easy to say... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:13:50 -0500 Frustration and Giggles (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63438 When you least expect it and cannot spare the time, something always happens . . . or so it seems. They had purchased a new desk. Of course after they paid for it, the store informed them they were out of stock except for the display model. However, they would be happy to ship it to their home at no additional charge. GRRRRR, well maybe that wasn't so bad. So, the desk would be delivered on Thursday. Then Thursday the call came that it would be Friday instead Thursday. Sigh . . . okay. ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:13:15 -0500 What I learned in high school (Bunyan Tales by Paul Corbin) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1231/entry/63240 Originally published in 2010 It has been 81 years since my first day in high school, and I still have the textbooks I used to guide me through that great adventure. We had to buy our own textbooks back then, and it sure took a lot of possum hides to pay my way through high school. Just a few days back, I was rambling through my accumulation of books and came across my old textbook, "Principles of Agriculture" that I used in the ninth grade. This book of 592 pages stressed the fact that proper... Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:53:24 -0500 The night the egg hit the ceiling (Off the wall by Madeline DeJournett) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/madelinedejournett/entry/63238 When I was doing my student teaching back in the early stone age, my husband and I, married less than a year, rented an old barn-shaped house in a part of Cape Girardeau, where I wouldn't go these days.. To show you how quaint our lives were back in the early sixties, before advanced technology swept the nation, we had a black and white TV with rabbit ears, a gas stove, and a black rotary phone. Microwaves had not been invented, and air-conditioning existed in very few homes. In the summer, we... Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:40:45 -0500 Dexter youth football, volleyball and soccer registration underway (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63235 Registration is underway for Dexter Parks and Recreation youth football, volleyball and soccer. The deadline to register for youth football and youth volleyball is Aug. 21. The deadline to register for youth soccer is Aug. 27. --- ***YOUTH FOOTBALL Youth football is open to athletes entering the third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade. Athletes must be present at the time of registration so they can be weighed using DPR scales. Registration is accepted at the Dexter Parks and Recreation... Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:19:55 -0500 Midwest Plains Regional begins Friday in Kansas (schedule included) (Dustin Ward) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1965/entry/63088 The schedule is set for the highly anticipated Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional Tournament. The event is slated to take place July 24-27 at Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas. Eight teams are slated to compete at the tournament. Colorado, Kansas, Missouri No. 2 (Charleston Fighting Squirrels) and North Dakota are competing in the American League Pool. Iowa, host Lyons, Minnesota and Missouri state champion Wayne County Lumberjacks are competing in the National League Pool The... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:25:34 -0500 MINE (From My Heart to Yours by Rayla Stewart Hogue) http://www.dailystatesman.com/blogs/1667/entry/63144 Walking through the door she was greeted by her son. He was very vocal that she had been gone without his permission for too long. She could barely walk through the door before he literally threw himself at her. There is nothing like the welcoming love of a child. Carrying in bags, groceries, and assorted items from the car, her child met her at the door with each load. He nearly tripped her in his eagerness to be with her. Her other son merely sat on the couch watching, but not... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:44:58 -0500