• Small Business Saturday

    Nell Haydon
    Director Springfield Main Street/Renaissance

    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year.  The day was created and marketed by American Express in 2010 to promote shopping at your small, locally-owned independent businesses on the day after Black Friday.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving, or Thanksmas?

    It won’t happen again until the year 79811. That’s 77,798 years from now. So if you’re Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I’m referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

  • A few thoughts

    You know what?

    Life today is so stressful that it ruins most of our marriages, causes people not to want to have children, leads to so much alcohol and drug abuse and just in general destroys the very roots of our civilization.  We read about so many shootouts and massacres of innocent people that we are no longer shocked.  Most of the time, the person committing the crime is doing so against their own families, neighbors and co-workers.  Most of the time, the folks left will say they never would have suspected them to do such a things.

  • Still remember

    I was in my eighth-grade civics class at Springfield Elementary School (Middle School did not exist there then—eighth-grade play, eighth-grade trip and eighth-grade graduation were BIG events then—a simpler time).  Some adult came to our class to tell us about the president being shot.  We were all in shock!  These things did not happen 50 years ago.

    I noticed they did not go to the room next door where my favorite seventh- and eighth-grade history teacher was teaching—Mrs. Anna Mae Clarkson. 

  • No escaping the reality of global warming

    I sat down to the evening news. That’s not always the best thing to do if you want to unwind for the day, which was my intent.

  • Do not be misled

    ‘Even paranoids have enemies’
    - Golda Meir,
    Prime Minister of Israel

    I love quotes. Most say simple truths in a few words. Others are totally misleading.

    Take this one in the misleading category for instance: “Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” Bull hockey! I’ve been to a few girls’ grade school basketball games. I think I’ve seen a few moves made on the court that are in the Marine Corps Close-Quarter Combat Manual.

  • Living on the way of life’s exit

    We are young”
    - Fun.

    It’s 7 a.m. on any given weekday, and the regular crowd shuffles in. No one asks where to sit; it’s been settled by habit over the years.

    I’m at the retirement facility in Lubbock, Texas, where my mom and dad live. And on this day, I join my dad’s breakfast bunch. This morning Dad, age 89, is undergoing a knee replacement while Mom, 92, waits in their apartment.

  • The man that would not quit

    “Never give in and never give up.”
    - Hubert H. Humphrey

    America loves a winner.

    But do you know what they love even more?

    It’s the underdog.

    The fighter.

    The guy that faces impossible odds but keeps getting up no matter how many times he gets knocked down to the mat.

    We watch in awe and amazement from the sidelines of life as we constantly take the measure of these people and put their lives on the scale with our own. Each time we come up short on our end.

  • Seeing past color

    Moriah Hourigan

    (Editor’s note: This column was used with permission from the RaiderView, a student newspaper at Lindsey Wilson College, where it was originally published on Oct. 11).

    I am bi-racial. My mother is white; my father is black. My entire life, I have been exiled as the “other.”

    I always had too curly hair and too dark of a skin tone to be friends with the white kids. I had hair that was too straight and skin that was too light to be friends with the black kids.

  • In defense of millenials

    Hillary C. Wright
    Guest Columnist

    With the latest crop of college graduates out pounding the pavement in their job search, you’ve probably heard the generalizations and seen the hesitation of many employers in the hiring of the millennial. This new generation has been identified by so many undesirable traits that it seems nearly impossible to overcome the reputation.