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Best laid plans

I went to my sister's last weekend for the express purpose of making yet more curtains. This time for my granddaughter.

July 10, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Save your books for Antiques Roadshow

I have bought my sister's Christmas present and she will buy mine early. We have the same taste in books. So we have gotten into the habit of buying each other books for Christmas that we both want to read. We buy them early, read them first and then give the book as a Christmas present. It does mean we have one less surprise for Christmas. But at our ages who needs surprises? We'd rather have something we want and will enjoy.

July 03, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Cabin visitors meet the host with the most

My bridge club enjoyed the field trip to my husband's cabin.

June 19, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


The old song blues

I will have two granddaughters in middle school this year. My granddaughters are getting grownie. At the same time my body is getting groanie.

June 12, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Cabin (cleaning) fever

It is my turn to have my ladies' bridge club again.

June 07, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


A grammar teacher's view

My sister called me last week. We both watch Jeopardy and had been surprised that Ken Jennings did not win the Battle of the Decades on Jeopardy. She also commented on the difficulty of the answers in that Jeopardy Tournament. I agreed. I usually can guess more of the questions than I did during that tournament. But, what she called to comment on was that none of the champions in a particular game rang in and knew the question for the answer "antecedent." That's a grammar question. An antecedent is the noun that a pronoun is taking the place ...

May 31, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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Travis: Upgrading to new computer headaches

Around 20 years ago my bedroom TV committed murder/suicide. It was sitting on a gate leg table whose leaves were folded. The TV was one of those very large and heavy ones, and its weight must have made the table legs begin to separate. That slight tilt led to the TV jumping to its death in the middle of the night, and it took the VCR with it. The crash scared me and my husband to death.

February 19, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Monte Carlo fundraiser rolls dice

If you didn't attend this year's Monte Carlo for the Arts, the annual fundraiser held by Southern Heartland Arts Inc., you missed a good time. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

February 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Travis: The evolution of Valentine's Day

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. I will get some cards from my children and grandchildren. And I will give them cards, but that's about it. I don't expect fancy flowers and candy from my husband and he doesn't expect presents from me. That doesn't mean we aren't happy with each other; we are. It just means we are happy without the presents.

February 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: A ‘folk artist of architecture’

I walked down my back steps last week and saw a daffodil blooming. I know that in itself is not unusual. What makes it unusual is that it was blooming in the bed of my husband's pickup truck.

February 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


We bought the charter hype

An article in the AJC last week noted that $2.7 million was spent by proponents of the charter school amendment as compared with $262,822 spent by those who opposed the amendment. Among those who contributed to the proponent campaign were K12 Inc. and Charter Schools USA, both for profit companies that manage charter schools. Walmart heiress Alice Walton contributed $600,000. Other large contributors were StudentsFirst of Sacramento, Calif., American Federation for Children, PublicSchoolsOptions.org of Arlington, Va. Please notice that very little, if any, of the money spent to advocate for this amendment was local. Also please ...

January 29, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


A tale of dueling monitors

A new computer has been placed on my desk at The Covington News. Let me correct that, a new-to-me computer.

January 22, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Elvis truly left the building

I got an email from my sister last week reminding me that it was Elvis' birthday, his 78th one to be exact. I have Elvis socks that feature his name and musical notes and a small guitar with his name on it that is a Christmas ornament bought at Graceland. But that's it. My sister has more Elvis memorabilia than anyone I know. It all started on a whim.

January 15, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: New Year’s realizations

The holiday season is over. For the last two months, all I have been doing is making lists. The need for a list usually hits me in the morning when I am sitting at my kitchen table and drinking my morning cup of tea. I have a whole day ahead of me and I try to organize what I need to do for the day. I can't keep as many trains of thought going in my mind as I once could, and I need written reminders. I make lists of the lists. I write on the closest thing at ...

January 08, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: A trip to Lego Atlanta

I hate to admit this, but even at my age, I love Legos. I bought Duplos for my children when they were little and enjoyed playing with them. As my children grew, we transitioned into Legos. When my grandchildren came along, I bought more Duplos, and we spent many happy hours with them. I would build a tower, and the granddaughter would knock it down. Then we'd do it all over again and again and again. As they grew older, I bought more complicated Lego sets.

The Lego sets that were available for my children were not as fancy ...

January 03, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


A voice on the line

When the student body moved into the building that now houses Newton High School, every classroom had a phone. Those phones hung on the wall, and, in theory, a teacher could call the office if he or she had a question or discipline problem. He could also call another classroom or the library. Supposedly, a teacher could dial some special number and make an announcement that would be broadcast over the loud speaker throughout the school. A principal certainly never answered a call from the classroom, even in an emergency. You might get a secretary who could try to find ...

January 02, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: Floyd Street’s charming trees

My husband and I made what I hope is the last effort to denude the yard of leaves right before Christmas. It was either the third or fourth sweep of the yard this year.

December 26, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


A gift fit for a princess

My youngest granddaughter asked me for a pair of boots for Christmas. Wanting to clarify her request, I asked if she meant cowboy boots. She looked at me as only a child can look at an adult when the adult has not grasped what is obvious to the child, and she said firmly, "No, grandmamma, cowGIRL boots.

December 18, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Visits from the wild animal department

My indoor cat is no longer with us. To make up for the loss, my husband has taken to inviting the outdoor cat Julianne, in after dinner to watch TV with him. We fed her on the back porch, and when she came in to watch TV, we did not shut the door from the outside to the back porch, just the door from the inside to the back porch. Then when it was time for Julianne to go outside, we shut and locked all the doors.

December 11, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Expanding our youth’s vocabulary

My granddaughters who attend school in Newton County have weekly vocabulary tests. To paraphrase Martha Stewart, that's a good thing. The more words a reader understands, the better reader a person is. And reading is the bottom line (no offense to math majors).

December 04, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Endless PINs and passwords

It's my birthday month again, and I had to renew my car tag. This year, I had to get an actual tag, not just a decal. I didn't think anything about it until I had to find my car in a parking lot and realized that I couldn't look for the familiar "ACY" license plate. (I told you there are several cars in Covington just like mine.) I have to learn a new set of letters.

November 27, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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