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Precious pet gets princess syndrome

My erstwhile outdoor cat Julianne has gotten used to the good life with a vengeance.

March 26, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Plain cook, picky grandkids

Recently, one of my granddaughters told me I was the best cook ever, and I should enter a cooking show on TV and win her some money, like $100.

March 19, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Travis: Where art thou cellphone?

I wrote a column last summer about my car not starting and having left my cellphone at home. I was stuck, not knowing anyone's number, and had to walk for help.

March 12, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Travis: Ups and downs of Windows 8

Last weekend was my husband's birthday. We won't say which one. My out-of-town daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren were here to help my local grandchildren and family celebrate.

March 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | OPINION

Travis: Hovering in Windows 8

I'm still struggling with my new computer. But I am getting there.

February 26, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists

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, 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

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