Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us Friday Jam: Play me a car crash song (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68392 Driving my son to school takes approximately one song, so it helps when the good folks at WTTS make it a good one. One day earlier this week, they did not disappoint. Shortly after starting the truck, the following song started: Sorry for the delay at the beginning, but this is a pretty good version, so it's worth they wait. It got me thinking, though, we need more car crash songs. Don't know any car crash songs? Then you probably need to get more into... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:11:11 -0500 Gold and Silver Streak Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68396 Gold and silver continued rallying this week, reaching the highest level since early November. Prices are exploding on political uncertainty, both in the U.S. and Europe. Some traders are concerned that President Trump’s economic policies could spark inflation, boosting demand for precious metals, which are typically seen as a safe haven against rising prices. After Great Britain voted to leave the EU last year, other Europeans have been pushing to leave as well. In France,... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:10:43 -0500 Staying Busy (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68374 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino One of the biggest changes that happens after high school is what takes place between friends. You fall away or grow apart and people say it’s natural, but as with many other things in life they never explain why. A lot of it has to do with the foundation the relationship was built on and the values of the people involved, but the other part is just that... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:22 -0500 Heat Wave Deflates Gas Prices (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68331 Natural gas prices are collapsing, reaching a three-month low near $2.83 per million British thermal units. The market is selling off as temperatures across the U.S. are projected to be 15-30 degrees warmer than usual this weekend, sapping demand for the heating fuel. Overall, this winter was extremely warm; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), estimates that heating demand for natural gas is nearly 20% below average. Without significant heating demand,... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:37:57 -0500 It Comes Natural (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68323 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} Let’s begin today’s topic by exercising our imaginations. Take a moment and picture yourself in the most peaceful environment you can think of. I bet no one envisioned sitting in traffic or their cubicle at work. Maybe a few thought of a quiet, private place in their house or thought of themselves on a day off with Netflix. But when most of us... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:11:57 -0500 Grammys hot take: I donít have an opinion (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68294 I used to fancy myself a music critic and this blog is still usually centered on music, so here’s my hot take on the Grammys: I didn’t watch. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched the Grammy broadcast, at least not in its entirety. It’s always struck me as a self-congratulatory exercise by the major record companies to continue to promote their own products. Perhaps I’m more of a cynic than a critic. Anyway, there was a bit of controversy last night when... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:54:44 -0500 Copper Strikes a New High (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68281 The copper market is red-hot, nearing a two-year high on Friday at $2.77 per pound. Prices are exploding on news that the world’s largest copper mine is shut down due to a labor strike. Workers at the Chilean Escondida mine are asking for higher wages and have threatened to stop work indefinitely until their demands are met. Chile is the world’s largest copper producer, and this one mine accounts for nearly 5% of global output. While few Americans keep copper as an investment,... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:28:18 -0500 Call Me Old-Fashioned (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68261 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino One of my favorite stories Granny Foster used to tell was about how she and Grandpa “courted.” You’d say, in a quiet moment on the front porch, “Grandma, did Grandpa court you?” and she’d smile and blush and say, “Why, yes!” as though you were silly for the asking. Then she’d talk about how he was a... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:52:52 -0500 Lumber Knocks Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68222 The trade in wood has been good to the bulls recently, with lumber futures reaching a two-year high this week. Prices are exploding as the U.S. wrestles with a looming shortage of the building material and rising construction demand. Much of the lumber used in the United States normally comes from Canada, the world’s largest exporter. That supply could be threatened by an expiring trade deal, resulting in tariffs being levied against Canadian lumber. So far, the U.S. and... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:06:43 -0500 Living in the limelight ... or something like that (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/68217 With so many fond memories of family and friends acquired over the years, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to put my finger on any certain timeframe which I could say was my favorite. Indeed, I have been truly blessed to be able to call such a myriad of people my companions through this crazy thing called life. However, what I can do is think back to an example of a time that would be hard to top, such as my time spent in the “limelight” (so to speak), playing music... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:51:45 -0500 Itís bright outside, be happy (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68207 Caught in the winter doldrums? Well, stop it. You live in Indiana. It’s bound to get cold this time of year. It’s when it’s not cold in early February that you should probably get worried. Besides, it may still be chilly outside, but at least the sun’s shining. It could be another one of those gray, boring February days. If you can avoid going outside, good for you. But station yourself near a windo and just imagine it’s 70 degrees out there. It It... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:46:05 -0500 The Gut Feeling (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68202 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino Biologically speaking, humans are members of the animal kingdom. Like other mammals, we have hair, carry our children, and lactate. Like other primates, we enjoy an upright posture. And like many other species, we live in groups. But that’s about where our resemblance to the animal world ends. Whether your explanations for it are one or the other, no one... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:57:27 -0500 Border War Escalates with Mexico (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68164 This week, President Trump reaffirmed his plan to construct a physical wall along the Mexican border and proposed using a 20% tariff on Mexican imports to pay for it. These statements caused Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel an upcoming visit to the United States, where the two leaders were expected to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A tariff would cause prices for imported goods to rise, including Mexico’s major exports, vehicles and... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:31:30 -0500 Trust Me (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68149 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} “Trustworthy” is one of those words you see on posters in school. You know, the ones with the pictures of canyons and quotes about being all you can be. Nary a fool would argue against the value of being worthy of trust, but we don’t often ask why it’s so valuable to trust and be trusted. I particularly like this word, because unlike so... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:32:03 -0500 Itís Not Selfish (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68098 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} “You have to share,” “How do you think they feel?” and “Don’t be selfish” are edicts we hear often as children, especially when we graduate from a helpless infant to a troublesome toddler. As newborns we’re totally dependent on others for our care. Nonverbal communication is our only means of changing our environment,... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:59 -0500 Beans Explode (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68066 The USDA updated its estimate of last year’s soybean crop on Thursday morning, revising the crop size downward by 1.1% to 4.307 billion bushels. This news was especially jarring to the market, which expected this estimate to show an even larger harvest. While the 2016 soybean crop was still the largest in history, this downward revision sparked concerns that U.S. supplies may not be as ample as once thought. These fears sent beans on the largest one-day rally in months, gaining nearly 30... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:39:21 -0500 We always have been, and remain, Hoosiers (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68056 For most of our 200-year history, at least one thing has united us as natives and residents of Indiana. We are Hoosiers. Not “Indianans.” Not “Indianians.” How is that even a thing, by the way? Why add an unneccessary syllable? What a strange word. We are Hoosiers. Even if you’re a Boilermaker, you’re a Hoosier. Even if you’re a Bulldog — or a Sycamore or a Cardinal or a Tiger or even a Little Giant — you’re a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:21:43 -0500 Religious or Spiritual? (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68049 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino The difference between religion and spirituality, that is what we are talking about today. That’s the topic you all picked, and so that is what we shall try to tackle. I don’t think any of us figured it’d be such a big job, but those situations turn out the best adventures anyway. So somebody set Clint Black on the record player, and let’s get... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:37:38 -0500 Platinum & Palladium White Hot (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68015 Platinum and palladium had a searing start to 2017, each gaining over $70 per ounce in the first four days. The two metals are tied closely to the auto market, as they are predominantly used in catalytic convertors to reduce pollution from trucks and cars. This week, news broke that U.S. auto sales revved higher again in 2016, climbing for a record seven straight years. Americans flocked toward new vehicles as gasoline prices stayed low again last year, often selecting larger SUVs and... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:47:40 -0500 Sheer fun and enjoyment join madness for Beef & Boards' season opener (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/68003 Ad-libs, political zingers, a dash of innuendo and a few quips about our Hoosier neighbors from Carmel to Greenwood ... What could be more fun than all that rolled into a whodunit in which the audience helps determine the culprit? And no, it wasn't Col. Mustard or Professor Plum, candlestick or not. "Shear Madness." Sheer fun. The opener of the 2017 Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre season, "Shear Madness," unfolds in a not-so-typical Indianapolis hair salon and becomes a murder mystery when the... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:43:10 -0500 Tell Me No Lies (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68000 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} Happy new year, Friends! I hope everyone had a good and safe weekend ringing out the old year. I feel past years have been about ringing in the new, but for this year it was just about throwing out the old as soon as possible. What a troublesome year 2016 was. I haven’t been that relieved to be done with a year since 2008. Perhaps there’s a connection... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:06:50 -0500 It's Official (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67948 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino Well Friends, it’s official: I’ve been here for one whole year and then some. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 22, I’m a full-time full-professional journalist for 365 days. My, how time flies when you’re having fun; or not, as the case has occasionally been. But mostly it’s been a good time, and as the year has rolled around I find myself... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:22:52 -0500 Winter Beverages Warm Up (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67929 As families circle around Christmas trees, fireplaces, and tables this weekend, they will likely have a warm drink in their hands. As a wonderful year-end gift, commodity markets are delivering lower prices for these drinks, as coffee, cocoa, and sugar prices are all falling just in time for the holidays. Cocoa prices are leading the way down, touching 3-year lows as global supplies are vastly outpacing demand. The Ivory Coast and Ghana, which account for 60% of global cocoa output,... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:34:18 -0500 2017: The Year of Rising Rates? (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67881 On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in a move that was widely expected, taking the short-term Federal Funds rate up to 0.75%. More surprisingly, the Fed raised its long-term expectations for interest rates, indicating that they expect to raise rates another three times in 2017, essentially doubling short-term rates. The Fed is returning interest rates to normal levels after years of near-zero rates that were in place to stimulate the economy by making borrowing... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:19:51 -0500 Too much like winter ... (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/67875 OK, so it's not even officially winter yet, and already I'm over it. The first day of our annual winter indignation doesn't technically arrive until next Wednesday (Dec. 21), yet here we are already talking single digits and windchills and school delays. It's our first dash of winter, and believe me, I'm scrambling. But how could it be winter already? I still have things to do. Never got my yard mowed one last time. Never got my leaves raked up (sorry if they've blown into your yard). Never... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:25:23 -0500 Aside from the Obvious (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67865 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino From the time I was very young, my formal education in the birds and the bees always began with, “Now girls, you know boys and girls are different.” No public school droning ever did a better job of preparing me for this fact of life than being the daughter of a straightforward farmer, who saw the examples of nature as the best way to teach his... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:53:58 -0500 Hog Market Sizzles (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67827 After bottoming at a 14-year low in October, the hog market has begun smoking higher. Prices have rallied nearly 40%, with December lean hogs topping 57 cents per pound Friday. Some of the rally has been sparked by investors taking advantage of rock-bottom prices, but supply and demand factors are boosting values as well. Prices are warming up as the temperature sinks; cold weather makes it harder for animals to gain weight, limiting the supply of meat. Meanwhile, meatpackers have... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:48:44 -0500 Friday (almost) Jam: Jeff Lynne-Telephone Line (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67772 Things got busy on Friday so this post didn't make it in time. All the same, I don't want to leave this week out entirely. More often than not, this blog series is an insight into the music I've been obsessing over in a given week. Not so this time around, as I've mainly been listening to Bruce Springsteen, with a bit of Gaslight Anthem sprinkled in during the last couple of days. But as a sat down to write, another song popped into my head — Electric Light... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:27:51 -0500 A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67769 In just two weeks, the world will play witness to the eighth installment of the enduring Star Wars movie franchise. Indeed, with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans young and old will have a second reason to revel in just two short years (366 days, to be exact). And with a Dec. 16 release date, this action-packed thriller of monumental proportions is set to be the first of its kind -- a story separate and unbound by the traditional saga of “episodes,” so famously... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:34:44 -0500 Oil Booms on OPEC Cuts (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67768 After months of wrangling, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that its members had agreed to collectively reduce oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day (-3.6%). This announcement, made early Wednesday morning, started the biggest one-day rally in nearly a year and rocketed prices back over $51 per barrel. Despite the market’s initial reaction, some are skeptical that the individual countries will each follow through with their promise to cut;... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:53:34 -0500 Friday Jam: Such a Night-The Band and Dr. John (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67719 You all know the doctor — Dr. John, Mac Rebennack? My triptophan-induced hangover made me nearly forget it was Friday. But here we are, still with an hour left in the day and me still to decide on my Friday Jam for this week. And so in honor of Thanksgiving, I give you a clip from my favorite Thanksgiving movie and the greatest concert movie of all time "The Last Waltz," the alleged last concert of The Band. (It wasn't.) It just so happens the concert took place on... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:45:42 -0500 Give Thanks for Low Food Prices (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67704 As Americans give thanks this year, they should include lower food prices in their list of blessings. A record-breaking corn and soybean harvest and large global supplies of wheat have helped pull grain prices to multi-year lows, making most foods less expensive this season. Low-cost grain especially helps lessen the price of most animal products, as livestock are widely fed a diet of corn and soybeans. Cattle, hog, and milk futures all recently dropped to the cheapest price in years.... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:56:06 -0500 Why Lyrics Matter (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67690 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px} Let me tell you about one of the most beautiful things I have ever encountered. It wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t a person. It wasn’t even a sight. It was a powerful sound, that became a touch. ... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:55:38 -0500 Friday Jam: Peaches-The Presidents of the United States of America (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67665 The Presidents of the United States of America, that charming mid-'90s band known for quasi-novelty songs "Lump," "Peaches" and "Mach 5," announced a couple of days ago that they had broken up in the summer of 2015 because they are "old people now." I owned their debut album back in '95 or '96, enjoyed it for a while, and then sold it to another kid at my high school, having moved on from it. I suppose that makes sense. It wasn't... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:22:17 -0500 My Country (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67651 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino A while back (or the other day), I wrote a blog about the failure of modern country music to accurately reflect rural American culture. I had a fine time writing that and it had a good response, but it recently occurred to me that if I’m to say what is not my country, then I ought to say what is. Well, I reckon that’s so, so alright... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:48:25 -0500 Friday Jam: Mary Jane's Last Dance-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67607 Marvel at its greatness: Pardon the weirdness of the video. On the other hand, it's not even the weirdest thing that ever happened to a blond woman in a Tom Petty video. Also, I submit that this might be America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. And this song might have been the last great one of the classic rock era, even if it was released in 1993. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:19:36 -0500 Turmoil Follows Trump Triumph (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67609 This week marked one of the wildest and highest-volume trading periods in US history, with booms and busts surrounding Tuesday night’s election results. In the first few hours of vote counts, Wall Street boomed on the expectation that Hilary Clinton had strong results in exit polling, which was followed by a fierce collapse in stocks and explosion in gold once early vote tallies showed an extremely close race. Late Tuesday night, before any swing states had been called, Dow futures... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:14:48 -0500 Rock the Vote (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67582 Not much to say today. It'll be pretty busy here in the newsroom tonight. For now, here are some songs. Some are political, others aren't. Today's election has made me think of all of them, for one reason or another. Try to enjoy your day, folks. And remember, the sun will rise tomorrow as well as for the foreseeable future. --- Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:28:05 -0500 A Test of Personality (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67568 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px} Does anybody else love taking those personality tests that pop up on Facebook? You know, the ones that tell you what kind of fairy you would be or what kind of storm you are when you’re angry? Well, I’m... Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:34:35 -0500 Mordecai Three-Finger Brown, our Chicago Cub (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67552 Growing up with baseball in Indiana can be a very special thing. And with the likes of Tommy John, Don Mattingly and Cy Williams all coming from the state (Terre Haute, Evansville and Wadena, respectively), perhaps the most famous Hoosier to break into the Big Leagues was none other than Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown of Nyesville. Born Oct. 19, 1876, Three-Finger Brown (a.k.a. “The Miner”) had a rather unique skill set which undoubtedly set him apart from the... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:30:43 -0400 Election Presents Golden Opportunity (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67551 As Election Day nears, markets are on edge, as there is increasing uncertainty about Tuesday’s results. Polls are suggesting that more than a dozen states could be in play this year for the presidential race, while numerous Senate races are hotly contested, leaving the balance of power there up for grabs as well. Worries about the future direction of taxes, spending, trade and other policies has led investors to pull out of stocks in favor of gold and silver, which many perceive as a... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:17:48 -0400 Friday Jam: It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M. (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67542 I'm presenting the Friday Jam this week with limited comment. If baseball is still on your mind, it has meaning there. If you were on the winning side, you've entered a new reality. Rock out and revel in the energy of this song. If you were on the other side? It's OK and even encouraged to feel fine, even as the world seems to be collapsing. For those of you who are more politically minded — regardless of your party — this song probably has a different meaning... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0400 No crying in baseball? Then you're no Cub fan (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/67544 Being a Chicago Cubs' fan has instilled in me several virtues over the course of my lifetime. Perseverance. Loyalty. Humility. Futility. Patience. Ah, patience. It wasn't bad enough that the baseball gods made us wait 71 years for a return to the World Series and 108 years to repeat victory there. But when the Cubs whittled all that frustration down to one single, solitary baseball game Wednesday night, they felt compelled to tax our patience even more. After seven games, after overcoming a... Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:17:36 -0400 Who is Putnam County? (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67525 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px One of the first things you learn when you’re trying to be a writer is that you need to know your audience. Knowing your readers helps to answer a lot of technical questions about things like topic and word choice, and it... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:48:41 -0400 Oil Market Slides Down (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67480 Less than a month after OPEC announced a plan to collectively reduce oil production to boost prices, it appears that the deal may be falling apart. Originally, all 14 member nations and Russia had agreed to work together to reduce production, but now nations are asking for exemptions from the pact. Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, and Libya have all suggested that they should be able to produce at current levels while the other nations cut back, which could lead to squabbling amongst member... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:35:03 -0400 Friday Jam: House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67479 With Halloween three days away, I had to choose something to get me in the mood this week. Of course, obvious choices like "The Monster Mash" or "Thriller" came to mind pretty quickly. But I dismissed those out of hand because they are ... well ... obvious. Thinking a little deeper, a slightly less obvious choice like "I Put a Spell on You" came to mind. But that still seemed a little on the nose . For me, the best songs I know to get me in that spooky... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:26 -0400 'Ahsoka' review (Raising Caine by Caine Gardner) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/cainegardner/entry/67468 With fans just coming down from the high of “The Force Awakens” and now turning around and getting amped up for December's release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” a book hit shelves on Oct. 11 that is the best book to be released in the new canon era. E.K. Johnston “Ahsoka” follows Anakin Skywalker's former Jedi Padawan as she sets down on the remote farming world of Raada years after escaping the Empire's infamous Order 66 which wiped out out... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:29:17 -0400 A Willing Act (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67425 I will. In the future it shall be. I shall do. We shall see. Will. Or will. In one sense a verb indicating tense, and in another a noun indicating your wish or intent. It is my will. Willpower. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “willpower” as “control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses: a stupendous effort of will.” Amen and amen, Brother; every effort of the will seems stupendous to me. There... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:50:27 -0400 Beef Bounces Back (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67411 Cattle prices exploded this week, rebounding from a six-year low. Prices rose by more than 5.5 cents per pound, “locking limit up” at one point on Thursday, as the market moved the daily maximum of 3 cents per pound. The market was especially active Friday after the market resumed trading as ranchers, meatpackers, and traders positioned themselves ahead of the USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed Report, which was released after the market closed. Cheap boneless beef is... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:26:37 -0400 Friday Jam: Landslide - Various Artists (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67409 Stevie Nicks announced on Thursday that she'd like to put together an all-star version of the Fleetwood Mac hit "Landslide." It's an interesting concept. As noted in the AV Club article I linked, it may be a way to settle what's the best version of the song — the Fleetwood original, the 1994 cover by The Smashing Pumpkins or the 2002 rendition by the Dixie Chicks. Presented without comment (at least initially) are the three versions of the song. I've chosen a... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400