Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us It’s 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 Discomfort (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67376 Ever have those moments when you feel high? I’m not talking about drug-induced euphoria. I’m talking about the kind of ground you stand on when you shooting the winning ball, when beloved walks in the room, or when the future looks happy and secure. Well, I had one of those soaring moments about two weeks ago. I’ve always loved the outdoors. I love to be in the open air, under the trees, on the hilltop. My two favorite places in college were two trees, one with a fountain... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:02:48 -0400 Corn Rallies, Despite Record Harvest (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67353 Corn prices topped $3.58 per bushel on Friday morning, the highest price in almost three months. Corn is accelerating higher, even as a record crop is coming in out of the field. Over a third of the corn crop has already been harvested, and the USDA is expecting that it will be the largest on record, topping 15 billion bushels. Normally, the harvest onslaught would be depressing prices, but farmers have been holding onto their corn, waiting to sell at higher prices. This is... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:02:44 -0400 Friday Jam: Chickamauga - Uncle Tupelo (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67352 As a music fan, I seem to love lost causes. I love Gram Parsons. I love Blind Melon. I firmly believe that those were two of the best artists of the 1970s and 1990s, respectively, but they never got the chance to prove it due to the drug deaths of Parsons and Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon. Of course, it's easy to make a lot of claims when you're dealing in hypotheticals. If only... Which brings us to this week's song. If only Uncle Tupelo co-founders Jay Farrar and... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:24:25 -0400 Friday Jam: My favorite solo Beatle song (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67298 What if I told you the best solo song from one of the Beatles was by Ringo? That's right, Ringo. You know, the one you don't appreciate enough as a drummer, the least-celebrated member of the band and almost certainly the worst singer in the four. But I'm not telling you that Ringo is has the best solo song. He has my favorite post-Beatles song. There is a difference, kind of like how I prefer the Stones or Zeppelin or the Clash to the Beatles, but I would never say they are... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:03:01 -0400 Is this just fantasy? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67283 Long have I been a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. I can still remember the magically mold-breaking season of 1995 when then-Colts’ quarterback Jim Harbaugh (Captain Comeback himself) led our team deep into what was our first playoff appearance in many years. Though my nine-year-old brain simply couldn’t comprehend the last time we’d seen such a successful season (born in 1986, we hadn’t appeared in the playoffs since 1987), I nonetheless became caught up in the... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:39:03 -0400 Living the Single Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67263 This past weekend my Facebook exploded with pictures of weddings. It seems that Oct. 1 was the happy day for many a happy couple, but really this happens to me all the time nowadays. People I know are constantly dating and having babies and getting married, and it’s the magic of technology that I get to see and hear it all. It’s fun to watch, but at the same time it’s odd to realize you’re right there too. Ever have those moments when reality slaps you in the face?... Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:22:17 -0400 Friday Jam: Box of Rain - Grateful Dead (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67232 This blog is about a song by the Grateful Dead and, eventually, my dad. That's ironic because to my knowledge, Dad has never listened to the Dead. He would probably call them a bunch of dope-smoking hippies. While he wouldn't be wrong, I suppose I don't take that to be such a negative thing. A lot of my favorite music was made by dope-smoking hippies. When music is a constant presence in your life, it can have a way of sort of lying dormant in your life until one day it suddenly... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400 Learning for Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/67197 After nine months of being graduated (or “grad-gee-ated,” as Old Pa would say), I have a confession to make: I miss school. In a secluded somewhere my college self is throwing hand grenades at that statement, but it’s true. Well, maybe I don’t miss school. A more accurate statement is that I miss certain aspects of school, like the learning that happened when I wasn’t preparing for an exam or working on one project among many. Going to work has... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:30:57 -0400 Friday Jam(s): I Was Made for Lovin' You and Hard Luck Woman - Kiss (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67129 I've taken great pains to introduce my son to a variety of music. In doing so, I had him listen to some Kiss a couple of months back. While the boys from Detroit Rock City have never exactly been my favorite, they made some charming, straightforward rock music over the years. Besides, I figured the face paint and outfits would amuse a six-year-old. I was right. He loved "Rock and Roll All Nite" (which I sort of hate, actually), "Detroit Rock City," "Shout... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400 Sugar Rushes Higher on Global Shortfall (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67188 Sugar prices exploded this week, pushing over 23 cents per pound, the highest level in over four years. Prices have more than doubled during the last year as a global sugar shortfall looms after two years of disappointing harvests. Sugar is produced around the world, extracted from sugarcane in tropical climates and sugar beets in higher latitudes, but almost half of all sugar production comes from just three countries: Brazil, India, and Thailand. All three nations’ sugarcane... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:09:26 -0400 Stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place’ (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/67168 U.S.A. -- If there’s anything on which both Republicans and Democrats can agree this election season, it’s that America definitely deserves better. After more than a year of extensive and exhausting campaigns that have reached millions of voters, the general consensus of the population seems to be that both the free-wheeling, billionaire business tycoon known as Donald Trump and the hot-button-issue candidate typically found embroiled in (and seemingly quite comfortable with)... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:48 -0400 Friday Jam: Everybody Wants to Rule the World-Mayer Hawthorne (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67130 This post is a last-minute change. I had already written a blog about a pair of Kiss songs, but you'll have to wait for those. This song was just released yesterday and I got an email about it when I was sitting at my desk shortly after midnight. It's intriguing to me for two reasons. First, I generally like the music I hear from Mayer Hawthorne. Modern artists making classic soul music usually makes me happy. Secondly, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a great... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:00 -0400 Gasoline Explodes after Pipe Leak (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/67131 Gasoline prices spiked this week after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down, closing off nearly 40% of the gasoline supply to 13 states running from Alabama to New York. The leaking pipeline, which serves over 50 million Americans, may not be fully functional until next week, which is prompting fears of gasoline shortages on the East Coast. Gasoline futures, which represent the price of the fuel at a major hub in the New York harbor, without taxes and other costs included, jumped by more... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:37:20 -0400 Those fleeting mispronunciations (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67108 When each of my kids has started to talk, my wife and I have almost immediately tried to get them to do so correctly. Correct pronunciations. Correct grammar. Correct usage. Complete sentences. It’s not that we put pressure on them, telling them to “Do it right!” but we try to pattern the correct way to speak. Soothing tones, but no baby talk. It seems to have worked well. As a six-year-old, Miles speaks like a little adult, with a vocabulary beyond his years and an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:49:18 -0400