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Transitioning into Fall

Photo 5MONTICELLO — Stepping into the humid heat around these parts produces an immediate wilting effect on the body. When it’s 93 degrees at 8:30 p.m., everybody’s miserable.

Fourteen-hour days make the body tired, unwilling to brave much of that nonsense. The body craves air conditioning. The mind looks forward to cool fall nights and moderate days.

School starts back over the next few weeks. Preparation for that operation started a week ago. Now only a mad dash to be prepared before students arrive.

Thus, gentle reader, a lack of posts. Trying to incorporate those into the day, but suddenly they trail updating syllabi, revamping the entire student publication process and ensuring transportation to mandated destinations … and back.

Expect the news links throughout the fall as soon as semester’s prep finishes. It just takes a little longer to get back in the groove after skipping around the turntable.

The music still plays — perhaps to a hip-hop beat? Skip-skip-skip … BAM!

You will be returned shortly to regularly scheduled programming.


"Aluminated Sitron" by Alice Guffey Miller

Progress on The Southerner Journal

“Aluminated Sitron” by Alice Guffey Miller

MONTICELLO — If you haven’t been around recently, you may notice changes to The Southerner Journal.

“Around the South” attempts to provide semi-daily links to issues affecting the South, i.e. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Texas A&M may be in the SEC, but I consider it west, not South. Tonight I went back through the “Around the South” headlines and updated each with three-to-four daily points for folks to take away; none of the aggregated headline links changed. In addition to highlighting important issues of the day, it will help in easy retrieval for the editor.

As you can imagine, a lot of time passes sorting news links from each state; I’m averaging three hours-plus a day, which must cut down once the fall semester begins. I’ve removed the Public Safety section under the idea that most people will get their crime news from local and national spots, leaving regional coverage best suited for the major safety issues like capital punishment and defense. I’ve also deferred from making daily reports on the Arkansas Razorbacks after finding others doing a better job elsewhere. I cannot say I won’t blog on the Hogs; I can say it will be sporadic, again due to time constraints.

Election years find me using a lot of material for class. When appropriate, I will link here, e.g. info about candidates’ similarities to your political views and the petition to include Third-Party Candidates in TV Debates.

Do you like the polls? Do you like the changes? Suggestions for improvement?

I’m trying to make better use of my Internet time such that I don’t spend 14-hour days on the computer … like today. So it’s time for a break.