Nevada Daily Mail blogs Recent blogs from the Nevada Daily Mail newspaper in Nevada, Missouri en-us I love spring! (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) What a wonderful time of year it is. The weather is warming up. The earth is awakening from its slumber. I enjoy being outdoors year-round, but especially when it starts getting warm. Last week, my Beloved and I were out for a walk late in the evening. We were going around the Square and suddenly above our heads was a sound. Scared us a little bit actually. It sounded like a plastic bag being whipped through the air at incredible speed, even though there was no hint of wind. After I... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Square one (A Texan's Meanderings by Gabe Franklin) Square one… I don't know when I first heard this phrase. I know it must have been as a child. "Back to square one…" is often heard when something doesn't go as planned – the experiment fails miserably, the job you have held for years no longer exists, etc. The exact origin of "square one" is uncertain — football (think tea and crumpets not soda and nachos), chutes and ladders, Hopscotch. It's meaning, however, is clear — a... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:22 -0500 Plant your day (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) Positivity is still a struggle for me sometimes. Some days, it is hard. This last week or two has been very hard. Recovering from my half-marathon, some of the worst allergy symptoms I've ever experienced and a few major life changes coming up have left me stressed out. And I haven't been handling it as well as I ought. My Beloved knows I've been struggling and she shared this thought with me: Plant your day. No, we're not talking about vegetables and flowers.... Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Never give up! (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) Another of my hobbies is that I like to play chess. I've got an app on my phone which connects me to and I can find a short (or long) game with folks from all over the world at the click of a button. There's something that bothers me though, a large portion of the players I face off against give up and quit the game when it appears they are going to lose. It is so frustrating. I get that people don't want to play a losing game, but how much of this attitude... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 What's next? (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) The only complaint I have about my first ever half marathon experience is that it was over too quickly. I trained for four-and-a-half months. Then the race was over in a little more than two hours! I've taken this past week off from running. My legs were quite sore after the race, and I was afraid I'd hurt my foot a little bit. But those aches are going away. I used to be the person who would sit around for hours on end, now I find it physically painful to be inactive... Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 First half-marathon done! (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) Four-and-a-half months of training brought me to one single day. This past Saturday, April 22, I ran in my first ever half-marathon. And it was great. Friday We woke up and went for a very slow 20 minute run. My last run before the big race. Afterwards, we packed the car and made our way to Kansas City. We ate at a little Thai place we like to go to, then hit a few stores before making our way to the race expo. I've never been to a... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Running for my life (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) The most visible change since deciding to turn my life around has been my physical appearance. At the time of my rebirth, I weighed more than 260 pounds and was being threatened with special tests at my annual physical if I didn't get my weight under control. I started walking and riding my bicycle in spring 2015, but it wasn't very effective. The walking just wasn't taking it off, and I spent more time trying to repair my bicycle than I did riding it. I've always... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Which will you feed? (Speaking positively by Nick Wright) Which will you feed? It's a question I ask myself everyday now. See I found myself always thinking the worst. Assuming people were out to do me wrong. Living my life as if everything was going to go badly. Granted there's no shortage of things to be pessimistic about. Little by little though I realized I could not stand to continue that way. So for the past year and a half I've been rebuilding myself. And I'm basing it all... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:34:22 -0500 Newspaper Production (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) I thought I would strive to give you a picture of how we produce the newspaper. I'll start by describing Prepress One of the tasks that a Production Department has, is to produce a printing plate for the Pressroom. This is called Prepress. The objective of the Prepress is to produce a image onto a printing plate. There are now several ways to do that. Primarily media that has been around a long time is film. The methods used to produce a image on film has changed in the past 11... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:19:17 -0600 Spectacular Animal Phenomena (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) One of my favorite things to do, is to read about Nature. There are hundreds of stories about how creatures attest to the brilliance of the creator. Even a tiny bug can strengthen our faith. One of those stories, I'd been blessed to come across the other day. Now, I didn't film this amazing act of nature, but I certainly felt motivated to share it with others. This is one of the most spectacular animal phenomena known to man. It has to do with a flock of thousands of tiny birds flying and... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:04:17 -0600 The Social Networking Hype (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Now we live in a world of Outstanding tools to communicate. So with ways to communicate quite easily and fast, does it mean we communicate better? Not really. Have you ever communicated by using Facebook? It is quite interesting way to communicate with people around the world. But it can get quite addicting posting your thoughts on the 'wall' Facebook has done a good job of exposing who people are. Thats good and thats bad. At least in Facebook, your profile can be private. Not so with... Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:44:02 -0500 Tech tools anyone can use (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) I've come across some good tools that will make life easier. so I'd like to share them with the readers. Sometimes, you need to send sensitive information--say, a password--over the internet, but don't want to use email. Free service QuickForget lets you store messages temporarily, so you can send sensitive information and have it delete itself once it's been seen. The problem with using, say, email or IM to send sensitive messages is that they'll likely be stored forever... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:44:05 -0500 Cell Phone Etiquette (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) One of the things that irritate me is the lack of Cell Phone Etiquette. You know what I'm talking about!.. So many things that we see and even caught ourselves doing that we wouldn't think of doing 10 years ago. Can you imagine 15 years ago, how you felt when a person is talking to you and then was disrupted because of a phone call? No big deal, right? its happens alot, we can't foresee or do not have physic powers to know when the phone rings. But I remember a time, when the phone rang... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:46:38 -0600 Chris's Favorite (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Something for Macs. and for PC Dropbox What I have been using for quite awhile is an excellent tool. Its been amazing one that I wholeheartedly endorse. Imagine an application that automatically syncs files to all your computers. How many of us work on several at a time.? One at work, two at home, an desktop and a laptop. What you will find is that there is a tremendous need to have the same files available anywhere you are, whether at work or hundreds or thousands of miles away. What a... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 22:23:51 -0500 Doctor Visit (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Well, here I am going to the Doctor. I have been dragging myself because of a bad cold. Now, I have been sick before, many times and it seems we get worse as we get older. I used to be one who never get sick, and certainly never goes to see the doctor. Well, I guess those times are over. Today, (this morning) I got the privilege of using my Insurance. I do believe this is the first time I used the insurance in the 10 years I have had it. I am thankful for it. It had a copay, which is... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:03:02 -0500 Banging My Head Again (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) It seems history repeats itself! All you have to do is reread one of my blogs and then know that I am experiencing similar headaches in the past few weeks. We are switching DSL Service and as usual, they didn't give me any information needed to get the service running. As an Computer IT person, and one who is to get the router working for our network, I have to know specifics, well, it took 6 different persons at the 'Big'... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 16:14:10 -0600 Conference (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Its been awhile since i blogged so I thought I will share some things that newspapers are doing nowadays. You see, I just got back from the 48th Annual Mid American Newspaper Conference, and as usual, it was located in beautiful Lake of the Ozark, MO. Here is the some of the topic that was covered there. As we all know prices increasing in every market and it is no different in Newspapers today. Thursday Sept 11 Morning Web Width Reduction Newspapers are reducing the width of their... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:30:58 -0500 It's different; yep it's different alright! (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Well, it's not a secret anymore; my hours of work have changed. There are many pros and yep, you guessed it, cons also. What I like is that it consolidates all the printing to one shift, which for a salary person, is a plus. It has been a challenge the past three years in getting everything done. As many are aware, and I know I am not alone, if you are a manager of some sorts, you have a lot of paperwork to be done. It is also a learning experience, joggling with the new hours and the... Fri, 07 Mar 2008 09:46:27 -0600 Wishes and Results (My View by Ralph Pokorny) You should be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. A couple of months ago I wrote about how I would miss having Nevada play Webb City in football each year. Since then MSHSAA reclassified Nevada as a Class 4 school for football and that game is back on the calendar for 2008. Unfortunately, since it is now a district game it means something more than just bragging rights or the SWC championship which will no longer exist. Don't get me wrong, I will still be glad to see... Wed, 06 Feb 2008 21:26:29 -0600 Exercise and Will Power (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) I saw a commercial the other day that got me thinking. It had Valerie Bertinelli on it portraying her goal to lose weight. Yes, I know you all have seen it, but this one got my attention more than usual. She had a personal message for the T.V viewer. She said a statement that may at the surface seem truthful, and that is "If I can do it, anyone can do it!" I know that she has every intention to be truthful, but in reality that is not correct. This might hit a cord with a lot of... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 11:32:41 -0600 Community Center Options (My View by Ralph Pokorny) The Nevada Parks Board has been receiving some criticism lately for considering options other than building a new community center. The truth is that they intend to consider all of their options which include renovating the current facility, putting up a new community center and third, a combination of renovating the current building and adding a new gym on the north side of the present facility. The third option, which includes closing Hunter Street between Ash and Main streets, would have... Fri, 04 Jan 2008 01:01:05 -0600 Vacationing and Car Shopping (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) It is amazing what taking time off from work can do to a person. For one who is used to being at work too much, this is a new experience. As in the past, I was blessed by having one day off a week. Now taking 4 days off in a row is certainly a new feeling. My vacation started off being boring, but then I got involved in car shopping for my mom. This turned out to be time-consuming and somewhat tiring. But I tell myself, this just comes around once every ten years or so, so it will be... Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:54:47 -0600 Stepping Up To The Plate (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) One of my pet peeves is someone saying "that is not my job!" I certainly haven't been hearing that around the Nevada Daily Mail for a while now. I was amazed at how many within the organization have expended themselves over the last six months or so. It seems we have made big advancements. Case in point, most everyone that has set foot in the front office has noticed a more appealing look since remodeling has been done to the front office. But I assume most do not know that the... Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:59:54 -0600 Misfortune (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I am talking about! It seems the sky is falling and everything is going wrong. I know everyone has experienced this one time or another and for some it seems more often than not. It seems that I have been struggling with equipment breaking down. And sometimes you wonder, (I know you have said it) "what else can go wrong today?" Well, it happened! One lovely Friday morning, I had to go to an auction with a coworker. Just when I got... Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:05:27 -0500 Missing Webb City (My View by Ralph Pokorny) Last Friday night I watched what may be the last football game that Nevada will ever play against Webb City. I know Nevada lost the game, just like they did the previous 24 times they played, but I will miss those annual contests. I may be the only one here that will. I know a lot people who won't miss those games at all and I'm sure most of Nevada's football players are among them. I know of some people who say that they hate Webb City. And I know that sometimes strange things happen when... Wed, 03 Oct 2007 18:52:11 -0500 The Consequences of Being 'Big' (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) Sometimes you feel like banging your head against the wall. There is a Web site I have found that list 301 Useless Facts, and it explains fact #212 -- "Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour." Of course we are talking about this in a figurative sense. Sometimes it is dealing with bigger companies that cause this phenomenon, especially when one big company merges into another big one. So what happens when you have a problem with a product or service? Do you find... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 15:12:09 -0500 Rules, Rules, and Rules (A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones) I certainly respect rules and regulations, but sometimes rules can get in the way. Before you start prejudging me, let me explain. Most towns have regulations regarding bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks. I certainly agree with the reason behind no skateboards on sidewalks. My youngest boy is a newspaper carrier and he has the territory that includes the square. He uses his bike, and while sometimes his drops are scattered, sometimes he gives the newspaper to several businesses in... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 09:29:50 -0500 Speak English (My View by Ralph Pokorny) "Hello, my name is Sydney, may I speak to the owner of the business," a heavily accented female voice said on the telephone. "Speaking," I replied. "Your business can be the top listed business on Google, Yahoo or...", this almost unintelligible woman with an Indian accent said before I hung up the phone. I hate these unintelligible phone calls that I receive around the first of every month. I don't particularly object to the telemarketing calls, but they had darn well better be... Thu, 06 Sep 2007 15:51:27 -0500 The World According to Ralph (My View by Ralph Pokorny) Welcome to my world, or at least a slice of how I view it. If you want to know what I plan to write about in the coming weeks and months, you will have check back to find out.  I cannot tell you because it will change from day-to-day based on what happens and how this evolves over time. I have been told that I can write about anything and that is what I will do. I may write about economic development, which I have covered for the paper for over 10 years, as well having been a part of Main... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 15:57:17 -0500