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Breaking news PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:34 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Whatever happened to newscasters like Walter Cronkite or Paul Harvey? We have so many different ways of hearing and viewing the news. We have television, access to Internet news and yes, we still have radios and newspapers. We hear good news, bad news, old news and new news.

Every news station shouts out, “Breaking news. Breaking news.” I think, “Oh my, what just happened? Is there a major earthquake, tsunami or plane crash?”

Nine chances out of ten, the breaking news will be something that was reported two weeks ago. Chef Paula Deen, teen Trayvon Martin, Jody Arias and disgraced politician Anthony Weiner are some of the people recently paraded through the media.

Here's to the 'T' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:54 PM



By Nancy Whitaker

I stop and think back, “How did we ever stand the heat when I was growing up? How did we stay cool?”

We had no air conditioning, very few fans, no swimming pool, plus, my mama made me wear goofy dresses.

I do believe that when you are young, the heat doesn’t seem to bother you as much. In fact, we would all play outdoors from early morning till sun down. We ran barefoot through the grass, stepped on bees, fell and skinned our knees, but I never once recall it being “too hot” to play outdoors.

Spend your money in Paulding County PDF Print E-mail
Nancy Whitaker
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:18 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

Spend your money in Paulding County

Every single one of us like to get a bargain and some people will drive miles to save a few cents. Recently, I have noticed that gas prices vary, sometimes being cheaper in a bigger city. However, do you want to drive 30 miles to save 2 cents on a gallon of gas?

Price is a major factor in where and when people shop. In economically hard times, we all gravitate to the best bargains, even if it means going out of the county or out of the state to buy something.

Years ago our downtown streets were part of a bustling, thriving community. It was more difficult to travel out of town, so merchandise and supplies were purchased locally. Therefore, the small grocery stores, dress stores, hardware stores, hat shops and many more businesses were flourishing in those earlier days.

Which mouse are you? PDF Print E-mail
Nancy Whitaker
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:17 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


I love to think back to a time when life was slower paced, families ate dinner together, kids played outside till the street lights came on and the biggest event around was the county fair.

Then I wonder, “Do I really want to go back to those days of no computers, no cell phones, no McDonald’s or no television? Is life worse now than what it ever was? Or do we just have easier access to information?”

In this modern world, we can see plane crashes as they occur and go directly to scenes of people getting robbed, murdered and raped. We can see and hear the government leaders warring over politics and can see a war as it breaks out.

Years ago, I recall having an old radio that we would sit around and listen to church music or perhaps “The Grand Old Opry.” If we did hear any news, it was generally gotten by Grandma listening in on our party line to other neighbors talking.

Sometimes, I wonder if we are better off not hearing all the bad news and just focusing on simpler things.

Today’s family life can be stressful and we get way too busy to get that special “family time.” Everyone is coming and going different places.

So which lifestyle is best? The slow paced life or life in the busy fast lane?

A story comes to mind about two mice. A country mouse invited his cousin who lived in the city to come visit him. The city mouse was so disappointed with the sparse meal which was nothing more than a few kernels of corn and a couple of dried berries.

“My poor cousin,” said the city mouse, “you hardly have anything to eat! I do believe that an ant could eat better! Please do come to the city and visit me, and I will show you such rich feasts, readily available for the taking.”

So the country mouse left with his city cousin who brought him to a splendid feast in the city’s alley. The country mouse could not believe his eyes. He had never seen so much food in one place. There was bread, cheese, fruit, cereals, and grains of all sorts scattered about in a warm cozy portion of the alley.

The two mice settled down to eat their wonderful dinner, but before they barely took their first bites, a cat approached their dining area. The two mice scampered away and hid in a small uncomfortable hole until the cat left.

Finally, it was quiet, and the unwelcome visitor went to prowl somewhere else. The two mice ventured out of the hole and resumed their abundant feast. Before they could get a proper taste in their mouth, another visitor intruded on their dinner, and the two little mice had to scuttle away quickly.

“Goodbye,” said the country mouse. “You do, indeed, live in a plentiful city, but I am going home where I can enjoy my dinner in peace.”

This story shows the lifestyle of two different mice and their preferences. One mouse did not mind the interruptions when he was eating his bountiful meal, but the other mouse preferred what little he did eat to eat it in peace and quiet.

I love computers, cell phones and McDonald’s. The busy lifestyles have replaced an era of simpler times.

Do you remember when times were quieter and days were more relaxed? Do you think that the information highway we are on is good? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny For Your Thoughts.

Of course I am only 39 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:51 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

“Are you really a blonde?”

“Well of course I am.” (Yes, it is my hair and it is blonde.) That is kind of true.

“How old are you?”

“39!” (I was at one time.)

“How much do you weigh?”

“Well, 115 of course.” (I used to be that little.)

Do these kind of answers constitute a little white lie, an exaggeration, stretching the truth, bragging or just innocent answers?

Have you ever heard someone telling about a big fish they caught or a huge deer they bagged? Sometimes, the size of the creatures turn out to be way smaller than what was described. Is that considered a lie, a half truth or wishful thinking?

Now, we all know the story of little George Washington and how he cut down the cherry tree. When asked by his father if he had cut down the tree, young George replied, “I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop it down.”

George must have been an honest lad, because he risked getting a spanking to tell the truth. What would I have done? Well, first of all, my mama would have never let me play with an ax or a hatchet.

One thing I think all ladies may lie a little about is how much money they spend when shopping. I tend to round off mine to the nearest lowest dollar amount. Does that make me a liar or am I just trying to hide how much I really spent?

Is it ever really necessary to lie about something? Do you think we can always be truthful about a situation and how should we handle delicate questions without hurting someone’s feelings?

If someone has a new hair do and asks you if you like it, what do you say? What if you simply hate the new hair style, but you really do not want to hurt their feelings? What do you say?

Now, I know if I cook something different and my husband doesn’t really like it, he will say, “Well, it’s okay, but I wouldn’t want to eat it every day.” Hmmmm. Good answer.

When young children try and fix their mom’s breakfast in bed, there may be a piece of burnt toast and a glass of Kool-Aid. Do you pretend it tastes fantastic or what do you say as to not hurt your child’s efforts.

In certain scenarios, is it best to tell a white lie, ignore the subject or tell the truth and risk hurting someone's feelings?

I really don’t like the term “lie.” In fact, I don’t care much for liars. We used to say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

Then there is the tale of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet whose nose grew long each time he told a lie. Is that what we need today?

It seems as if people just up and tell a bold faced lie, the truth will come out sooner or later. However, do you think that some of our discreet answers constitute a “lie?” Or perhaps, do you believe we can give answers in a way to tell the truth, but only half of it?

Have you ever told an untruth about your age or weight? If someone cooks something for you and you do not like it, what do you say? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny For Your Thoughts.

More than butter PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:37 PM

A Penny For Your Thoughts....


This week has been a devastating one for beloved Food Network star, Paula Deen. Personally, I am just sick at the way she has been treated by her employer and her sponsors.

I am sure others may have a different opinion than I do, but when you watch these stars and let them into your your homes everyday, you feel like you get to know them. The same holds true for Deen.

I love her cooking, her Southern friendliness and her rags to riches story. Her wonderful recipes calling for a stick of butter tempts my tastebuds and encourages my creative cooking skills.

The latest saga in Paula Deen’s life stems from a gal who managed one of Paula Deen’s and her brother, Bubba’s, restaurant for five years.

The former employee claims she was subjected to racial slurs, jokes and sexual innuendoes during her five years of employment. At first, the accuser approached the Deen family and said she would settle out of court for a price.

The Deen family did not want to pay out the money and claimed that the accusations were just not true.

However, the accuser did take it to court and Deen was asked questions in her deposition, if she had ever used a racial term at anytime during her life.

Deen replied at one time she did in fact use the derogatory term. She went on to explain, it happened when she was being robbed by a man at gun point. She said she did not promote or stand for racism and she had been raised to tell the truth.

From there, the story became the focus of news reports, talking heads and the social media. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon to voice their opinions.

But then, if it wasn’t bad that Deen was being sued for an alleged racial term, her employer, the Food Network, on which she had a cooking show for the past 12 years, chose not to renew her contract.

The very people she thought were friends and coworkers did not want anything to do with this star who had brought them in a many fans and a lot of dough. (Pun intended.)

Of course, Deen and her two sons, who also have cooking shows, were devastated. Their fortune had not came easy. For years Paula was a single parent and she and her sons made money selling bagged lunches for workers during lunch hours.

Paula’s bagged lunches were so good and tasty that they became popular with the lunch crowd. She became known as The Bag Lady. Paula’s expertise was in fact cooking. She loved cooking the good old southern dishes and all of her recipes contained rich wonderful ingredients.

Paula Deen was on the “Today Show” last Wednesday, sobbing and telling of her honesty and how she had raised her boys the same way. One news outlet asked her, “You could have lied on that deposition and say that you had never used a racial slur. Why didn’t you?”

Deen replied she did not lie and that she has always believed, “If God brings you to it; he will bring you through it.”

In the past few days some of her main sponsors have dropped her products while some are sticking by her side.

A Facebook page was started and is titled “We Support Paula Deen.” Since it started just this week, it has over 500,000 fans who all support the cook, her recipes, her personality, and yes her butter.

Deen has a new cookbook set to come out in October and many of her fans called Amazon or went online to pre-order the book. The book is now climbing up the ladder and will probably be on the bestseller list.

I feel that at one time or another we have all used some derogatory word that in no longer kosher to use. It is too bad how one person can take away your livelihood, your funds, and your self esteem and all you have worked for without at least giving this lady from the south a fair shake.

People can stomp on our flag and bad mouth the government and no one says a thing. However, it is a shame to let one person who has worked hard to get where she is be turned over to a pack of judgmental wolves.

The Bible says, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”

While we all have different opinions, we are all human. How do you feel about judgmental people? How would you feel if you lost everything you worked for due to a word you might have used 30 years ago?

Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny for Your Thoughts.

My firsts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:57 PM


All through our lives we have a series of “firsts.” First happenings in our life can make us excited, lonely, sad, joyful, happy or even afraid. Some of them we like to remember, others we want to forget.

I remember the first time I rode a bicycle. I was nervous, scared and excited. I fell off that bike many times and had a lot of scraped knees, but was so happy when I could finally ride that bike up and down our road.

One of my “first” memories was when I was 3 years old and sang a song in church. I was happy and proud, but a little apprehensive. However, I went up to the platform and sang the song, “Hand In Hand With Jesus.” That “first” I will never forget.

Going buggy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:04 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


We all love the sun, warm weather, flowers, swimming pools, barbecues, fishing and the sights and smells of summer.

There are picnics, parades, garage sales, amusement parks and flea markets to attend. There are drive-ins, patio parties, and of course, picnics.

Have you ever noticed any uninvited guests that may fly, crawl, or jump into the midst of your summertime fun? I have observed ants, bees, grasshoppers, wasps and mosquitoes all trying to make themselves at home around my picnic or party.

Needless to say, I am scared to death of anything that flies, crawls or jumps. I really don’t care for any of the “bug” family and if I run into one, I hollar and scream like most gals.

Not the Bates Motel! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:22 AM


Planning a vacation can take lots of time. There is always the questions, “Shall we board the dog?” “Should we drive or should we fly? What kind of clothes do we need to pack? What is the weather going to be like?”

So many details to think about before we can actually shut the door and say, “Let’s go!”

Oh dear, did we think about the mail? Did we cancel appointments? Did we tell the kids where to reach us? I know what works best for me is to make a list of what to take and what we need to do.

Counting blessings PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:19 AM

Counting blessings

There is an old hymn called, “Count Your Blessings and Name Them One By One.” There are so many things in life we take for granted. Stop and think about some of them. There is the water we drink, the food we eat, our homes, schools, hospitals, jobs, churches, cars, and so much more. To me these things are blessings. But, on the other hand, there are so many small blessings we see every day that may not be noticed.

“Just look at that beautiful moon,” I have said many, many times. I have also made the comment, “Just think for billions of years, we have all watched the same moon.” I still am in awe of that moon God created.


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