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Use of smart phone not as clean as the dumb one I washed

I killed my cell phone (it was a dumb phone) by washing it in the washing machine. It was in my pants pocket, and I forgot. The bad thing is this is the second time that I have done that.

August 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


Children don’t change, and neither do English teachers

I was on the phone with my sister this week. We usually talk at least once a week unless either of us feels very strongly about a Jeopardy question or answer and has to call the other about it. Then we talk more often. We especially like to brag if we knew final Jeopardy and none of the contestants knew it.

August 23, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


The beauty of oak trees

I am sure most of you saw the picture in The Covington News of the large tree limb which fell into Floyd Street recently. The limb is gone and so is the tree and another large tree that was in the same yard. Every time I drive down Floyd Street and pass where those trees were I get a jolt. It just doesn't look right. It's like buying a new piece of furniture. Every time you enter the room that piece of furniture jumps out at you. The empty space where those trees were just jumps out at ...

August 16, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


The baffling, neverending search for missing laundry

I have a picture that sits on a dresser in my bedroom that no one ever sees. It serves as the repository for odd socks. When I am folding laundry and if I find an odd sock, it goes over the picture. Sometimes, I actually find matches in the socks hung over the picture frame.

August 09, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


More exhausting: a soccer player or soccer grandmother?

My younger Macon granddaughter spent the week with me. It was exhausting for both of us. She had to be across the road from Parkview High School at 8 a.m. each morning. My alarm went off at 6 a.m. and I woke my granddaughter 15 minutes later. The 15 minutes gave me time to get the paper, drink a cup of tea and read the headlines.

July 31, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE


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


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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


Holidays on the square

I hope everyone who attended the annual Lighting of the Courthouse on the square had a wonderful time.

November 20, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: Holidays on the square

I hope everyone who attended the annual Lighting of the Courthouse on the square had a wonderful time.

November 20, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Christmas shopping strategies

It's the middle of November, Black Friday is looming, and I don't have a Christmas list.

November 13, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: Don’t believe the hype

My husband recently handed me one of his shirts which had a stain on it. He suggested that I try buying a certain product to rid the shirt of the stain.

I explained to him that I had tried several stain removing products and had settled on the one I now use. I was sorry that the stain was still on his shirt and told him I would try again. But I warned him it might not come clean.

November 06, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Varying vampires and their evolution

Halloween is All Hallows (All Saints Day) Eve. Traditionally, it is when all the witches and other supernatural spirits get to play until midnight. All cultures around the world have traditional evil spirits of some sort. Western European spirits include witches, warlocks, ogres and dragons, to mention only a few.

October 30, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Battling oak tree roots and more acorns

Now that cooler weather is here, I have been working in my yard trying to get everything caught up before the onslaught of leaves that inevitably end up in my yard.

October 23, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: Keep charter school control local

I received a call at home the other day, and the caller asked if he could count on my vote for charter schools in the upcoming election.

I told him no and offered to explain to him why. He hung up.

October 16, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Dissolving education myths

I recently received an email from a friend which touched on several "myths" about the American education system. The article was based on statistics gathered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (not a misspelling, the organization originated in France).

October 09, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Competing on ‘Jeopardy’

My husband and I have very different TV viewing habits. He watches most sporting events, especially football, golf and NASCAR. If there is an old western movie being televised, he will find it. He will also watch endless reruns of any murder-mystery series. I think his all-time favorite is "Lonesome Dove."

October 02, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Hopes of a sewing family tradition

I own a sewing machine. My husband gave it to me as a Christmas gift just after we married so it must be more than 40 years old. It still works, but I have cracked the presser foot and the top of the machine is a bit dented. I have also broken off the back-up button. But it still works just fine.

September 25, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Travis: Common sense threshold

A frequent topic of conversation in the Language Arts teachers' work room of Newton High School more than 20 years ago was something we called the sense threshold. When the administration, county office or other powers-that-be issued an edict that defied common sense, we would exclaim in wonder, discuss the absurdity and intone, "sense threshold, sense threshold."

One year, it was decided that we would not keep official attendance in our roll books; we would mark attendance and tardies on a Scantron form for each class period. In other words, we would bubble in who was tardy and absent on ...

September 18, 2012 | Paula Travis | Columnists


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