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Saturday, January 31, 2015

There are many different urban legends told over campfires and during sleepovers. They are used to entertain with scary stories, but many really cannot be traced to one solid source. They always happen to "a friend of a friend" or someone my "family member" knows who knows someone else. When a story starts that way, it is surely a tall tale or an urban legend.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I read a story today that really ticked me off.

The headline read "Kentucky school teacher caught dragging 6-year-old along school floor is fired and rehired again."

At first glance, one might be tempted to be angry with the teacher.

In fact, many are rather enraged about it.

Along with the online article was a video that very clearly showed the incident.

According to the story, which occurred Oct. 29, 2014, the child had become disruptive in the classroom and was threatening other students.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Last week we explored some of the more fanciful beliefs people have about our closest solar system neighbor, the moon.

This beautiful orb when it rises full is a stunning object and has been the subject of romanticism, legend, superstition and wonder for thousands if not millions of years.

While our ability to travel there has removed some of the moon's mysteries, there is still much we do not know about our neighbor, such as how it became our satellite.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Linda Koehler

Sometimes I think retirement should be illegal.

It forces us say goodbye to people who've become family to us.

Like everyone else, I've grown to know Linda Koehler through her interesting news stories, fascinating features and hilarious columns.

Oh, those columns!

If anyone knows how to entertain in a way that touches the heart, it's Linda.

She's the Erma Bombeck of the Times News.

And that's important because daily news is often dismal and heavy. Writers like Linda know how to make us laugh, and they're precious for doing so.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

By Karen Cimms

The Super Bowl is next Sunday, which gives me a week to figure out what we're doing. It also brings back memories about the first time I ever really acknowledged football's big day.

It was 1986 and everybody was doing the "Super Bowl Shuffle" with Jim McMahon and the Chicago Bears (who danced themselves to a victory over New England that year).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When I was shopping for a new car, I narrowed my choice down to two cars. That part was easy. Then I had to decide what model I wanted.

The salesman asked the right question: What is important to you in a car?

My answer was safety. I wanted every safety feature I could afford. The new cars have much more safety features than the 10-year-old car I am replacing.

Lane-change warnings, a rear-view camera for when I'm backing up and a camera for an expanded camera-view during turns are welcome safety additions in my new car.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My dearest Times News readers, there are going to be some really big changes in Linda's World. That's because I am officially a new member of a big club called Retirement. Yesterday was my last working day at the Times News.

I have been extremely blessed to work for the Pencor Services Inc. corporation for 23 years. Thank you, Pencor!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

To celebrate the new year, my husband and I went to a dance party with friends.

As the 12 of us sat around the table, I asked the typical question of the day: Did you make any new year's resolutions?

Not a single person did, except my husband and me. Our friends said they learned long ago not to make resolutions because they break them all too soon.

"I don't want to be disappointed in myself, so I don't make a resolution I won't keep," said one friend.

They wanted to know what resolutions I made.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I was listening to a back episode of Coast to Coast AM from over the holiday week, and the guest who was on the show was discussing the idea of a hollow moon, something I heard about and dismissed many years ago. I have to admit though while I found the theories the gentleman purported to be interesting, I am still not convinced that his beliefs are accurate.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Well kids, it's that time of year again. The calendar says I'm going to be a year older this Tuesday.

As an adult, my birthday has always been my excuse for self-indulgence. You know ... to do exactly what I want to do.

One year, I went to the movies by myself. Nobody wanted to see "Titanic" so I went to a matinee alone, ate my popcorn without having to share the top with all the butter on it, and when I cried my eyes out, no one laughed at me.