From: The White River Current - Thursday November 29, 2012
I informed you in the last episode that the number of readers of this biweekly column had increased tremendously because it can now be viewed as a blog on the internet. So, let me take a deep breath here and welcome the thousands of new fans that have just joined us in this effort. I should take a paragraph or two and explain a few things. This column appears every other week in the White River Current, a weekly newspaper published here in my home town, Calico Rock, Arkansas. I am a native, born and raised here as was Calico Joe, the fictional baseball player whose fame is documented in the exciting book by fellow author, John Grisham. If, by a stretch of the imagination, you haven’t read “Calico Joe,” please take my advice and do so. Also take in the movie which should be appearing on the big screen in a few months. If you are reading this off the internet blog, you may be missing a lot of the other interesting columns that are regularly appearing in the Current. Susan’s column “Not So Long Ago” and Freda’s writings about the Native American and early settlers are worth the price of a subscription to the paper. You can receive the print edition, the on-line edition or both for a very low price. And, I almost forgot, appearing on alternate weeks with the Rambling column is “Tom’s Tamperings” which is written by my mentor, Tom*. I first met Tom* in, of all places, Trier, Germany. We were travelling and he had recently arrived in Trier to work in the opera business. He and his wife, a Calico Rock girl, moved back to Arkansas last spring when they retired after residing in Europe for thirty-five years. While Tom* was living overseas, he attempted to improve his writing skills by sending e-mails to selected individuals almost on a daily basis. This has carried over into his column which I know you will enjoy, even though it has a slightly “northern” flavor. Both the Canada influence and the opera business have taken its toll. He might refer to his dancing in tights in some opera as his terpsichorean performance. Even in our church choir, I have caught him singing the word “people” as “pee-oh-play.” I know this is only a temporary thing and everything will soon work out. We love this couple and are all very fortunate to have them back in our community. They both qualify as “characters I have known.” Anyway, thank you for adding the Ramblings column to your reading list. And, come, visit us. It would make us happy to welcome you to one of the most interesting places in Arkansas to visit (according to World Book Encyclopedia). Just Google “Calico Rock, Arkansas” and click on any of the websites. You might also check out “Exploring Izard County,” a blog that contains a lot of photos and videos about the area. And a personal note to my local readers: Thank you for all your support and comments. I started with a tongue-in-cheek article about the people from “off.” Much to my surprise, this has blossomed into eighteen issues ranging all the way from “Dogs I Have Known” to my efforts to write a novel and compose a Christmas song. I have no idea how long this will last. I have a few more things to say before I turn off the old word processor. I think I have alluded to some of these in earlier columns. I haven’t forgotten and these will start appearing very soon. Time is slipping away. By the time you read this, the elections will be over, daylight saving time has disappeared until next Spring and the Giants have won the World Series (or was it the Tigers?). We had our first frost this morning which reminded me it was about hog-killing time and I have a story about that. I help churn butter at the “Reliving Calico Rock History: Pioneer Life” festival at the Calico Rock Museum. This reminded me of my mother and another story about my childhood in Calico Rock. So much to tell and so little time. I need to get busy. Anyway, this is Reed, working hard here in my corner of the Queen City of the Ozarks, beautiful Calico Rock, Arkansas. Bye for now!!