[SeMissourian.com] Fair ~ 64°F  
High: 80°F ~ Low: 57°F
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Shop with a cop
Posted Tuesday, November 20, at 9:17 AM
This year, as they have in many years past, local police officers will be taking local kids into their custody for a few hours -- to go Christmas shopping. It's just one of many of the community's efforts to provide a happy holiday to local families facing hardship; and they all touch the heart, garner much support from the community and fill a need that otherwise might go unmet. But Shop With a Cop may be the local effort about which the people know the least...

Read more   Post comment


Chocolate cake
Posted Thursday, September 13, at 10:49 PM

Today I was having lunch with friends. Chocolate cake was offered, and I said I didn't need any. I was quickly and jovially informed that the words "need" and "chocolate cake" do not belong in the same sentence. It's true you know. And the latest news is CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!...

Read more   Post comment


Losing a cousin
Posted Thursday, August 23, at 10:15 PM

Carol Marie French, 59, died Friday, Aug. 3. She'd battled cancer for years, but Carol Marie (this was always what we called her. I suppose it was because she also had an aunt named Carol.) finally succumbed. Carol Marie was a special education teacher and a role model for many. ...

Read more   Post comment


What to do if there's an active shooter
Posted Tuesday, August 14, at 9:22 PM

On the city of Nevada's Web site, there's a link to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security brochure on what to do when there's an "active shooter." I admit I've wondered about that. What would I do, if someone randomly came in an started shooting up the place? It's happened in offices. It's happened in malls, schools, subways, churches and movie theaters -- all the sorts of places where I've always felt safe. I've just been lucky, I guess...

Read more   Post comment


Republicans flock to the polls
Posted Wednesday, August 8, at 6:13 PM

Wow, a lot of voters picked up Republican ballots in huge numbers in Missouri on Tuesday. Here's a couple of examples: Voting for U.S. Senator, 289,150 Democrats, 603,120 Republicans. Voting for Missouri Governor: 313,814 Democrats, 556,930 Republicans. In the 2008 primary, 358,016 Democrats voted and 395,855 Republicans voted...

Read more   Post comment


How 'bout some technology thats' really useful?
Posted Friday, August 3, at 3:36 PM

I love my smartphone. It entertains my 8-year-old with countless little bells and whistles -- literally. It's got church bells and a train whistle and guitar and piano riffs and all sorts of little entertaining sound effects. Plus I can call people with it. It works great as a phone and that part's simple to use...

Read more   Post comment


First night of racing
Posted Wednesday, July 25, at 10:40 PM

Well, since my bold admission that I might be a redneck, since Tom and i bought a vintage-class race car; people have been wondering how it's going. Last weekend was the first race Tom entered, in Caney, Kan., It was sweltering hot and I didn't attend; but Tom said it's a rocket. He came in fourth in the feature. Now all he has to do is learn to be an astronaut!...

Read more   Post comment


Kids, cookies and forgiveness
Posted Wednesday, July 18, at 9:30 PM

When I was a kid, and I'd done something wrong, after the the holding-accountable phase was over, came sweet forgiveness. Although I'd also know it would be best to learn from the experience and to try not to do whatever had offended. I'd know I was forgiven. Sometimes, the forgiveness came in the way of a smile. Sometimes it was a hug, or even the words, "I forgive you." Sometimes, it was a cookie...

Read more   Post comment


I might be a Redneck....
Posted Tuesday, July 3, at 5:43 PM

If you're runnin' around telling everybody you see your husband bought a race car, and it looks like this, you might be a redneck. I don't care. It's cool and I'm excited. It's one of those vintage cars they raced at Nevada June 23, and we're hoping to make the Aug. 4 Nevada race in it...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


A Dog's Life, or, How to Train Your Owner.
Posted Wednesday, June 27, at 7:02 PM

Well, the dog days of summer are here, and one thing's for certain. My dog would just as soon they weren't; and the water bowl had better have ice in it. An aging Labrador/Newfoundland mix, Rosco's not as spry as he used to be, and the heat quickly saps his energy. He's a good dog, but the old guy's gotten set in his ways...

Read more   Post comment


Why'd they say THAT?
Posted Monday, June 4, at 5:02 PM

I'm sure they meant well. Perhaps they saw humor in it that wasn't immediately obvious to me. Maybe they just had a really tight deadline and couldn't think of anything else.... Today, I was scanning through email when I saw this message: "Five Father's Day Deals for the man who gave birth to you."...

Read more   Post comment


A year later, Joplin's recovery continues.
Posted Monday, May 21, at 9:39 PM

It's been one year since an EF5 tornado tore through the middle of Joplin, leaving death and devastation in its wake. Now, a year later, the city still bears many of the battle scars of that day. On Friday, Tom, Tony and I went to Joplin where the Shell Rotella Superrigs truck show was going on. ...

Read more   Post comment


Remembering Cross Carrier Chuck
Posted Wednesday, May 9, at 3:11 PM

For 11 years, Chuck Johnson traveled the U.S., from coast to coast and back again, and then again, and again. When I first came to work at the Nevada Daily Mail in 2002, there was a small photo in the newsroom of a man dragging a huge cross behind him. I asked about it, and I don't really recall the response -- but most likely there were shrugs and a brief explanation that oh, that's Cross Carrier Chuck. He's been through here a few times...

Read more   Post comment


Remembering Cross Carrier Chuck
Posted Tuesday, May 8, at 10:26 PM

For 11 years, Chuck Johnson traveled the U.S., from coast to coast and back again, and then again, and again. When I first came to work at the Nevada Daily Mail in 2002, there was a small photo in the newsroom of a man dragging a huge cross behind him. I asked about it, and I don't really recall the response -- but most likely there were shrugs and a brief explanation that oh, that's Cross Carrier Chuck. He's been through here a few times...

Read more   Browse comments (2)  Post comment


Find ways to cope. Don't shake babies.
Posted Thursday, April 26, at 2:04 PM

Don't shake babies! You could break their bones. You could leave them blind. You could kill them. The effects of shaking babies was brought home as Kathi Olson, director of the Southwest Missouri Children's Center, demonstrated what happens to a baby when it's shaken fiercely with a simulator whose brain centers light up when various stages of brain damage might happen -- even more so when I shook the simulated baby myself at a presentation she gave at Thursday's Rotary luncheon...

Read more   Post comment


Citywide cleanup this weekend
Posted Friday, April 20, at 3:48 PM

It's time for spring cleaning, and the city of Nevada's citywide cleanup day is Saturday; it's a bit different this year because the city is no longer involved in the management of the Recycling Center. So this year, there are two sites where Nevada residents can drop off their unwanted items on Saturday...

Read more   Post comment


When I'm 'older'
Posted Wednesday, April 18, at 4:55 PM

Yesterday, one of my youngest son's second-grade pals referred to me as "that older lady over there," pointing out which one was Tony's mom. Now I realize that the "older lady" designation has different criteria for second-graders than for, say, someone who's 30; (pretty sure classmates of my older children said the same thing when they were in grade school, 15 years ago) The criteria's different still if the speaker is 60; but it still was a bit of a shocking realization that, no matter whose criteria you use, I am eventually going to reach "older lady" status, if I live long enough, that is. ...

Read more   Post comment


Music Mondays
Posted Tuesday, April 17, at 1:16 PM

The music drifted across the courthouse lawn; loud enough to be heard on the street, not so loud a good conversation could not be had. A steady breeze wafted across the center of the community, while people of all ages listened, played, ate, sat in their cars and even honked a couple of times in appreciation of Leon Troyer's music...

Read more   Post comment


Talking with Dorothy
Posted Monday, April 2, at 8:24 PM

The woman applied a new coat of lipstick; I'd done the same just before entering the Main Hall at Cottey College, looking forward to meeting this remarkable woman. Dressed in a fashionable yet comfortable-looking red outfit, her welcoming smile and down-to-earth personna made me instantly glad I'd met her...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


Fiascos al fresco OR, How I Discovered My Green Thumb's Really Brown
Posted Thursday, March 15, at 9:09 PM

It's time to plant a garden; but this year, my family will be relieved to know -- I'm going to suppress my optimistic, denial-ridden delusion that I could, in fact, actually tend and nurture a plant to maturity and to actually bearing fruit. I'm not going to plant anything. ...

Read more   Post comment


View all blog posts (74)

What's there to do?
Lynn Wade
Archives
Blog RSS feed [Feed icon]
Comments RSS feed [Feed icon]
Login
Exploring the obvious and the not so obvious in search of the oh, so elusive "something to do' that's all around us.
Hot topics
Bringing back the Show Me Challenge
(6 ~ 12:22 PM, May 16)

Remembering Cross Carrier Chuck
(2 ~ 11:30 AM, Feb 25)

Shop with a cop
(0 ~ 9:17 AM, Nov 20)

Chocolate cake
(0 ~ 10:49 PM, Sep 13)

Losing a cousin
(0 ~ 10:14 PM, Aug 23)