Longing for the simple life

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day All of the young’uns in the neighborhood read funny books. We bought them at the drug store where they were displayed on revolving racks – kind of like those that are used now for card displays.I could spend all afternoon picking out the one I wanted to buy – the one — because funny books cost a dime and that was an awful lot of money. But, at the end of the month, if all the funny books hadn’t sold, the drug store owner would take the covers off them to send back to the company. Then he would give the stripped funny books away.How he decided who got them, we didn’t know. But we always behaved in the drug store, hoping he would notice and we would be one of the lucky ones.Funny books were “funny” books. No guts and gore back then. My favorites were Uncle Scrooge, Daffy Duck, Pluto and Mr. McGoo. But my all-time favorite was The Little People. They sailed in walnut shells and slept in matchboxes and took their baths in thimbles. I wanted to be one of them in a world where people were giants, lizards were monsters and mud puddles were oceans.When I had the big measles, Daddy bought me some Bugs Bunny funny books. I had high fevers and was so sick that I wanted Mama to let me stop breathing but she said, that I could not. And that stupid wabbit on my bed was the cause of it all. I hated Bugs Bunny and I would never take him in a swap.Swapping funny books was a rainy day tradition for all the young’uns in the neighborhood. And, if I could have a bucket of wild plums to eat while I read I would be in hog heaven.The wild plum trees were across the pasture and down the hill from our house. They were all along the fence line so we could stand on the fence and reach the juicy ones hanging on the top branches. Every now and then we could hear a rattlesnake in full sing in the nearby blackberry bushes but that was not enough to send us scampering.I liked the red, ripe plums but the sorta green ones were my favorites.When I got home with my bucket filled to the top, I would turn on the oscillating fan and climb up on my bed next to the open window. I’d put my stack of funny books and my bucket of plums on the bed table and, if there was a happier or more content young’un in the world, I just simply don’t know how they could have stood it.Jaine Treadwell is features editor of The Messenger. Contact her at [email protected] Remember how simple life used to be?A friend gave me an artsy-craftsy plaque with those words accompanying a wood carving of a little pig-tailed girl hanging by her feet from a tree limb.And, oh yes, I do remember how simple the world seemed when hanging upside down from a limb on my grandmother’s crepe myrtle tree. Sponsored Content Mama kept a switch on top of the refrigerator as a constant reminder that she had it and could and would use it. And, many days I did the dance to the swishing of the switch. But, when it rained, I was washed as white as snow –as the preacher said.There was just something about a rainy day that had the bad dripping right out of me – out of all of us.There was nothing that I liked to do “better” on a rainy early summer day than pick plums and read funny books.I’d get out my pasteboard box of funny books and go through them one by one, deciding which ones I wanted to keep and which ones I was willing to swap. Book Nook to reopen This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Latest Stories Published 10:57 pm Friday, April 27, 2012 By Secrets Revealed By Jaine Treadwell Actually, life was simple back then.Young’uns were left on their imaginations for the entire summer. And what one of us couldn’t think up to do, another could.It didn’t take much to keep us entertained and out of trouble or deep into it. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Skip Email the author You Might Like Is the bingo court saga really over? Last month’s bingo gambling trial ended as expected. All six of the defendants were found not guilty by a Montgomery… read more Longing for the simple life Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Salah ‘must rest’, says Egyptian coach

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony at the International Conference Centre in Accra, on January 4, 2018.Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah “must rest” and will miss Egypt’s friendly against Botswana on October 14, national team coach Hossam El Badry said Thursday.The announcement came days after Salah raised eyebrows by changing his Twitter bio to say he only played for Liverpool, removing any mention of his affiliation to Egypt.Salah finished fourth in the balloting for the FIFA best player award last week, with two of Egypt’s votes rejected by football’s governing body after they were signed in capital letters.El Badry said he spoke to Salah following a report from the national team doctor on the fitness of the squad’s overseas-based players.“I agreed with him that it is in his best interests and those of the national team that he rests,” El Badry told local channel MBC Masr.“He won’t be with us at the training camp for Botswana, but God willing, he will be with us for the official matches.” Salah scored twice on Wednesday as holders Liverpool defeated Salzburg 4-3 at home in the Champions League group stage.Salah and the Egyptian FA have butted heads before several times, most prominently when a photo of him was plastered on the squad’s plane ahead of the 2018 World Cup, causing sponsorship problems for the star.El Badry will take charge of his first match as Egypt coach against Botswana following his appointment last month.Egypt begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Kenya in November.last_img read more

Viral Face Aging App Sparks Privacy Concerns with Russian Ties

first_imgNew privacy concerns surrounding the popular app that makes users look older have arisen.FaceApp has more than 80 million active users, but technology experts warn that the Russian-owned app could have access to more than just the photos that are uploaded.According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.”FaceApp’s privacy page also says they may share user content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies.FaceApp spoke out in the wake of the controversy releasing the following statement: “most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours.”Lawmakers are now calling for an FBI investigation.last_img read more