Jan

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 13, 2012

(Note to my readers who don’t do Internet and don’t intend to: I’m sorry about this little detour of mine. I promise to shut up about anything Internet for a week or two. I don’t promise, however, to stop talking about de-owning.)

If you have kept up with this column through the years you know once I get on a tear, it is hard for me to shut up about it. My latest one is the whole subject of de-cluttering, de-owning, and simplifying my life. Combine that with my next-to-the-latest obsession, which is social media, and it’s really got me going.

I didn’t like Facebook until I needed it in order to do what I want to do, which is communicate

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Jan

06

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : January 6, 2012

I’ve been mostly staying home, kicking back for the last couple of weeks. I cooked goodies for Christmas and fresh turnip greens with turnips and black-eyed peas for New Years, and I’ve planted a lot of daffodils, but mostly I’ve just goofed off. I watched some television shows I’d never seen before. Spellbound, I watched a whole evening of Oddities, where really strange people buy and sell really strange stuff, and Pickers, where a couple of guys travel the country looking in old garages for oddball stuff they can buy and sell and another of Storage Wars, where teams of professional scroungers

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Dec

19

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 19, 2011

By Loretta Humble

Last Saturday’s Parade Day in Malakoff was an unqualified success. If you were there, you already know that. If you weren’t, you missed something really good. You’ll see some pictures in this paper, I’m sure, and that will give you a little hint of it. Look at those faces. Malakoff was having a real party, and enjoying every minute of it. Whether you were there or not, I hope you will go online and look at the pictures. Even if you are not a computer person, you know somebody that is. Get them to show you. You need

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Dec

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 9, 2011

This is your Mama talking to you, so please pay attention, and do what I say. You will be very happy that you did.

I’m sure you have made your plans to come downtown and get in the middle of Parade Day. This Saturday, 10 a.m. downtown Malakoff. I expect to see you right here, riding in a parade, or cheering those on who do. Then I expect to see you hanging around to see who gets the trophies for their entries – maybe there will even be a little speech by somebody, who knows what else, and then I want you to enjoy the music and chatter of professional DJ and musician, D.J.Maxx, who will be performing live in the center of town, while you visit all our shops. They’ve spent days getting ready for you. A lot of them have goodies for you to snack on, and every one

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Dec

02

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 2, 2011

By Loretta Humble

Please remember that parade day is nearly here. If you are a business or a church or a civic group, please pull together some kind of float, or decorate your car or truck, and make a showing. It is kind of important. Or maybe you are just a citizen who believes, like I do, that we grow this community’s heart just by showing up and caring. How about you create something and get in line Saturday morning? It is not going

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Nov

23

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 23, 2011

By Loretta Humble

I’m sorry I skipped last week. Actually, I didn’t skip – I wrote my column. It just didn’t make it to The News. I was having Internet trouble, and when it came on for just a minute, I shot my column to Michael. Trouble was, it wasn’t my column. It was my shopping list. OK, it wasn’t really my shopping list, exactly. It was a list of things I thought we could do on the day of Malakoff’s Christmas Parade to make it a big occasion. The list had basically the same information on it as my column, but it might have been hard to interpret. So here I go, trying one more time, because I really want you to know about this,

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Nov

11

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 11, 2011

By Loretta Humble

I had a great time this weekend. I went with Carl to a Powwow in Austin. I don’t know what the Indians did at powwows back in the olden days, but what they do now is dress up really fancy with lots of colorful feathers and have lots of dance contests, and also sell lots of arty Indian things from many rented booths. Our friend, Mary Trail, rents one of these booths where she sells lots of native american-type crafts she makes. Carl has been wanting to buy an authentic Native American flute, so that, plus supporting Mary a little, was his excuse for going. My excuse was just that I wanted to get out of town for a couple of days.

We watched the dancing for a while, and I tried to take pictures, but they came out too blurred and too dark. So, if you want to

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Nov

04

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 4, 2011

Doug “Sonny” Humble III in his unique costume at the Cedar Lake Nursing Home on Halloween.

As I write this I am winding down from a busy Halloween day. I thought I was outdoing myself by buying a $5 Cruella DeVille wig and wearing it to the nursing home this morning. But when I got there I found I sure wasn’t outdoing anybody else. I have never seen so many great costumes. The place was teeming with scores of day care trick or treaters, cute as a button, every one. And quite a few of the residents got into the act. But it was the staff who went hog-wild. There were two Cleopatras, several pirates, gypsies, Kermit the Frog, a husband impersonator, a buxom old lady nursing home resident impersonator, several witches, a whole group of floozies over at rehab, and then there was my son … oh my. Sonny wore a costume that caused him to look like a giant baby riding on an old lady’s back. He created a huge uproar when he came running into the nursing home and up and down the halls, crying and yelling like the old lady was kidnapping him. They are still celebrating

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Oct

28

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : October 28, 2011

Cletus Haning’s little house in the woods.

By Loretta Humble

I’m inviting 80 – only 80 – of you to a party – a Cletus Haning Party, on Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-4 p.m. You’ll have to buy a gift, and you’ll get a gift, too. You know, like lots of kids’ parties – you give something and you get something to take home, too.

I would really like 10 of you to buy your gift from me. You can find me at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice on Terry St. If you’d like, we can ride out there together.

This all started as a fundraiser so the Malakoff Garden

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Oct

21

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : October 21, 2011

By Loretta Humble

I like to tell you funny stories in the column. This one isn’t very funny at all, but we’ve been through so many dog stories together, I’ve got to tell you the latest.

As even a casual reader of this column knows, there is a little stray dog at my house that I’ve been trying to find a home for. You probably also know that Bingo, the Shihtzu, hates him. You probably remember that Bingo gets into a lot of physical trouble, all on weekends, so that he can cost Carl two or three times the amount it would cost if he would just do it on weekdays.

First he found some way to roast his private parts, so they looked like a peeled tomato. That was both

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