It finally looks like Spring

After that impressive little blizzard at the spring equinox, I was starting to wonder if it would ever look like spring. I am happy to report that songbirds are beginning to nest, the owls and hawks should have fuzzy babies, many trees are budding, and our beautiful early spring wildflowers are blooming. Let’s start with the plants. Elms, hackberries and […]

Comfort is found in a stack of good books

Perhaps the only thing I like better than reading a good book is sharing it with others. I started a book blog, “Shelf Space,” for the Messenger in October and have taken great delight in interacting with readers and generating “book talk.” This column is an opportunity to further the conversation in newsprint. When I was a kid and first […]

Reading enters new chapter: Electronic books tempting, but they can’t replace paper

No trip – car, plane or train – is complete without a book. Or two. Road trips mean reading time for me. My husband likes to drive, and I don’t, so it works out. Before every trip, I gather my stack of reading materials. It usually consists of whatever book I’m reading at the time, a handful of magazines and […]

“Library lady” finds volunteering rewarding

LueElla Jones was first swept away by a good story in third grade. Her teacher, Jean Smith, a longtime educator in the Alvord school district, loved reading to her class. Jones recalled hearing the adventures of The Bobbsey Twins and The Boxcar Children. “She started an interest in reading in the fact that books and stories were out there,” Jones […]

Time to make good on those fitness goals

Spring is now upon us, and no matter how you’re doing on those New Year’s resolution to get in shape, this is a good time to get out there and get active. Setting a goal is a good way to stay motivated to accomplish your desired results. A realistic goal, even for the couch potato, is completing a 5K or […]

Grasslands Run is all about the trail

Big crowds and loud music are as much a part of many road races as sweaty runners pounding the pavement. But that’s not the Grasslands Run through the LBJ National Grasslands outside Decatur. “This is completely different from a road run,” said Kevin Boudreaux, who shares responsibility as race director of the Grasslands Run with his wife, Stacie. “It’s not […]

When the Grasslands became mudland

Since I made running a full-time hobby back in 2002, I’ve completed many different type of races in many conditions. I sweated through two Grandma Marathons along Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn.; fought through the hills of Fort Worth for a full and half marathon; and waded through the snow for a 5K and 10K one Valentine’s Day at the […]

Four minutes to workout

Midway through the 1990s comedy “There’s Something about Mary,” Ben Stiller’s character decides to pick up a hitchhiker, who rambles on about his plan to help people get fit and make a fortune with “Seven-Minute Abs.” It made for a funny scene, especially when a skeptical Stiller points out that someone may invent a six-minute abs workout. Like Stiller, I […]

Brown heads to Boston

Throughout the winter, Roger Brown is on the bench giving marching orders and urging on his Decatur Eagles basketball team to run the ball up the floor. Off the court, Brown is in constant motion himself. The 17-year coaching veteran has completed 10 marathons and a couple of ultra-marathons. On April 19, the hoops coach will line up among a […]

Beginning Young; Elementary students blaze path during Fun Run

Friday 600 runners from kindergarten to fourth grade at Rann Elementary put on their running shoes to blaze a trail at the school’s Fun Run. The popular spring event and its fall equivalent, have helped pave a path to back-to-back state titles for several of the members of the Decatur Lady Eagles cross country team. It has also provided a […]