Tuesday, February 26, 2008

slowly rotting and falling apart

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A woman went to the emergency room and was seen by a young, new Doctor. After about 3 minutes in the examination room the Dr. told her she was pregnant. She burst out of the room and ran down the corridor screaming. An older Dr. stopped her and asked what the problem was. After listening to her story, he got her calmed down and sat her in another room. Then the Dr. marched down the hall to the first Doctor's room --":What in the world is wrong with you," he demanded--that woman is 63 years old and has several grandchildren and you told her she was pregnant ? !! The new Dr. continued to write on the clip board and without looking up said "Does she still have the hiccups ?"

Bruce Lee is doing better in the playing of music at the FV basketball games. He actually played John Denver singing Country Boy. Now that lis my kind of music !!

I enjoyed visiting with 2 high school ladies from Fayetteville Christian Wednesday night. I was so impressed with their kindness, their interest in our gym, and their good manners. Also the adults that had come from Fayetteville to watch their kids play ball, were good spectators--no yelling mean things--just words of encouragement for the kids. I was impressed !!

I have an idea. About 4 of us adults from FV could get together and give a prize to the students of FV that visit the concession stand the most. And perhaps the prize could be a cooler filled with food and cold drinks that they could use and SIT STILL!! Gee, I go to see a ball-game, not kids travelling back
and forth in front of me !!

Diana O'Bryant visited me Friday and brought me a FV tee shirt. She heard me say I had lost mine so she said she had an extra one and she brought it to me. i wore the shirt to the ball game Friday night. Diana and sat and takked about grand kids which I can do non-stop.

Lacey told me that Scott Howell came through his backsurgery well. He may come home Saturday.

When Charlotte King gave up her beauty shop in Ola ,a lady in Fowlers told me about Janet's shop in Plainview--just across from the First Baptist Church. She is great !! I love the way she scrubs my head and I've had lots of compliments on my hair style. Last Friday, a lady was waiting and told me howshe enjoyed my column. I always like to hear that !!

Bill Workman and his son Michael are giving the old Gravelly Store a face lift. The wood used many years ago when it was built was slowly rotting and falling apart. They have the old wood off one side of the building and are ready to put on new material.

I found out Saturday that Junior Rhoades was in the Danville hospital. I hope Junior is well enough to be home soon.

My grandson Ryan looks absolutely just like Tom Cruise. He's the same size, walks and smiles like him. It is amazing !! I received a biography of Tom Cruise from my book club. I cut out some of the pictures and sent them to Ryan and Heather. I suggested to Ryan that he go to Hollywood and be a stand-in for Tom Cruise

I thought that tonight, Saturday night, I would be going back to FV to see our Senior boys win the Regional Championship. But ,Alas, it was not to be, Fayetteville Christian won against FV Friday night by a score of 57 to 71. But our boys andJeremy, their coach, can be proud because our boys are the District champions. I was sad, especially for the Seniors, but they have played wonderfully well this season.

I saw Sharon Lambert's little grandson Friday night. He's such a handsome little one. Probably about 9 months old now. I love his hair--makes him look like a little man. And I must mention my sister's little great-grand-son. Little Wyatt is walking now and at the ball game just wants to walk along and look at everybody--when he sees his great-grand=pa, Lacey, he smiles and runs for a kiss.

Sunday we had a great sermon preached by Bro,. Shipley at Rover Baptist Church. We had14 in the choir.Bro. Shipley said the choir was "pretty." One of our members, Carol Willis, is near death in a L.R. hospital. Bro. Shipley went to L.R. Sunday afternoon to be at the hospital with the family. Johnny Turner preached for us Sunday night. I enjnoyed Johnny's message.

Well it is time to report. Ilost another 2 pounds this week. So in three weeks I have lost 9 pounds The encouragement and prayers of the Christian friends in the class with me, really helps me to stay reaching for my goal.

Remember--a lost day is a day you have not laughed

Monday, February 18, 2008

Boston Celtics of years past

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A Sunday School teacher was telling her 5 year old boys and girls the story of Lot and his family as they fled from Sodom. She explained how God told them to leave and then she said, "Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt." Little Aaron says, "Last week when my Mom was driving our car, she looked back and turned into a telephone pole!"

I had a great day Saturday. Dr. Sandberg brought such a good message at the Adventist Church. Then Kelly Virbel and I went to her apartment there in Ola and spent some time with her mother, Dianna. I got to see the beautiful little black poodle that Dianna takes to the Ola Nursing Home for the people there to enjoy. Ebby loves those older people and loves on them and gives them joy.Then Kelly and I went to Russellville. We ate at Ruby Tuesday's andhad a delightful lunch. We then went to Hastings--my very favorite place. Kelly and Iboth love their books. We spent over 2 hours looking at the books and sitting down in their little cafe part, and looking and sharing the books we chose. We then attended the Ar. Tech basketball game. Since I love basketball, I really enjoyed watvhing them play. Ar. Tech won the game by 8 points. By then, it was raining cats and dogs,so Kelly brought me back to Ola where my car was, and I came home.

It seemd I saw half of FV at the Ar Tech basketball game. They had come to see Henri play, the exchange student that lives with the Beggs' andis now attending Tech.If I had known she polayed, Kelly and I would have come earlier. I saw Evba Lynn Beggs, and her children. Then someone said"hello" and it was Einella Lewis, Eva Lynn's sister that teaches 5th grade at FV,. The other two sisters were there also with their husbands. I met Melody for the first time--she's the sister that gave Einella a kidney l.ast year. And there was sweet Susan Jones and her boys, also Chuck McCool and several young people from FV

Scott Howell ,of FV will have back surgery in a L.R. hospital this coming Thursday. He is in a lot of pain and has trouble walking. Ipray this will takecaare of his problem.

Last week was the week of funerals. On Wednesday was the funeral for Laural Caviness at the Danville funeral honme with the burial at Parks cemetery. Laural and her husband, Jim Caviness, lived in Gravelly for many years. Jim died, I believe it was '82. Laurel had been living with her daughter for a couple of years at Jonesboro. Then Thursday, was the day for the funeral of Sadie Fowler--a dear Saint of God. It was held in First Baptist of Danville. I had forgotten that Sadie was Perry James' daughter. Gene James, is Sadie's brother and is the last ofthe 7 children still living. My husband Fred told me that his Aunt Irene Goodson Wagner and Sadie were great friends when they were young people. It was really an inspirational service A nephew sang and it was beautiful. Trena Fowler, a granddaughter, did a wonderful job sharing an eulogy for her grandmother.

Isaw Larry Wilson and his wife Kay, at Sadie's funeral. Larrry is on a different medication and he is doing much better. Larry and I are prayer partners. We promised each other some time ago, that we would, daily, pray for one another.

I have loved the basketball games at FV this past week. --the District Games. Our Senior girls lost to Plainview and then Sacred Heart.Our Senior boys won against Oden and then against Sacred Heart. We won Tuesday night against Oden by a score of 69 to 60. Friday night we won against Sacred Heart with a score of 67 to 65. Since this decided the Doistrict Champions, I was so thrilled that our Sr. Boys won the District championship.In the awards handed out Friday night forall District, our Sr. boys that were honored as all District were Clay Beggs, Sean Howell, Trent Jones, and Colton Treadwell. And thecoach ofthe year for Senior Bpys was our coach, Jeremy Rainey. That game Friday night was so exciting. Gee I thought I was watching the Boston Celtics of years past and Clay Beggs was Larry Bird and Trent Jones was Kevin McChael. Trent was chosen to play in the All Star Game. Misty Lambert was chosen from FV Senior girls as All District.

Brittany Powell will come in from Iraq on a 4 day leave March 8th.I am so glad Brittany will get to see her little daughter, Gracie, for even those few days.

I wonder how Shirley Lawrence of Gravelly, enjoyed the new name of Walker I gave her last week in my column. Sorry Shirley--how I could mix up Lawrence and Walker is beyond me.

Chuck McCool's Mom and I threatened to put a hex on Bruce Lee's music machines that he uses to play the loud, loud, music at the basketball games! Iasked Bruce to out on something "soothing" and he asked if I wanted the players to go to sleep. Guess we will just have to bring ear plugs. " I learned that Bruce is battling with a kidney stone--his 37th one--Wow, how awful !! Lacey took him to the emergency room one night last week. I pray that this kidney stone is no more, by now.

Hope to see you this week, starting Wednesday night, at FV for the Regional games.

Okay, time for my report on my One Step Weight Loss program. Thisweek I lost two pounds so 7pounds in 2 weeks.

Remember, once you get over the hill, you'll begin to pick up speed.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Glenna endorses Hillary

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

Don was a single guy living with his father and working the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment seminar, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, but in a few years my father will die, and I will inherit 20 million dollars." Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and 3 days later she became his STEP-MOTHER. Women are so much better at estate planning than men !!

When I get my mail, I usually go back to my car and read any letters I receive and read the daily paper. Sue Hunt came to the post office Monday and saw me in my car. She stopped and said ,"Glenna, if this wasn't my second time to come to the post office today, i would swear you'd been here since Saturday." Sue says retirement is going well for her. She looked awfully pretty and all rested.

The voting at Gravelly last Tuesday was a little sparse. We had 25 to vote. I realize a lot of people don't vote in the Primary. It was good to work with Mae Jones, Nell Hunnicutt, Shirley Walker and Cincy Clements, I had not seen Nell in quite some time and it was good to see her. Nell will have a knee replacement in March. I wish her well.

Nell's son, Billy, came to check on her a couple of times. I asked him about his pretty little girl, Katelin, who was 6 years old, the 8th..He said Katelin told him a few days ago that when she was 16 and had her driver's license, she was gong to buy a truck and trailer and go to the rodeo whenever she wanted. Billy asked her how she was going to pay for her gasoline and she said, "Oh, I'm gong to charge the gasoline to you !" Good girl ! Katelin is only in Kdgn, but she can already read and reads several books per week.

Aaron and Jennifer Rhoades have adopted a little girl who is 14 months old. Her name is Gracie. I saw Gracie Saturday at the Adventist Church and she is so pretty. Jennifer had her all dressed up. May God bless this couple and Gracie.

I stopped by Fourche Valley School Friday and went to the Library Book Fair. Bruce Lee was there and we were talking about the voting Tuesday. Bruce says, "Ms. Glenna, I told everyone that the Hillary Campaign Headquarters was at your house." When I had a fit, he said "And I have a truck load of yard signs that say, "Glenna endorses Hillary." I threatened to cut off his legs ! He took off his cap and said "I cut my own hair." Well, I saw why he was wearing a cap. !

Kelly Virbel and I will attend a basketball game at Ar. Tech the 16th. It will be fun and I will get to shop at my favorite place, Hastings

February 8th was my husband's 77th birthday. I called him in OKC to wish him happy birthday. I asked him how he was feeling and he said "bad." When I asked him what was wrong, he replied in a really pitiful, sickly, voice, "I am 77 today !"

As I was leaving the basketball game at Plainview last week, Chuck McCool hollers at me and asks, "Are you sure you can find your way home ?" Now, Chuck, all I had to do was to turn right instead of left when I left the game and I had it made.

Kevin Abrams of F.V received a scholarship from Ar. Tech University. Two of Kevin's sisters have already received scholarships and I'm sure the youngest, Katie, will also receive one cause she is a brilliant kid. God gave all these kids a brilliant mind. I want them to remember that "to those whom much is given, much is required." I congratulate Kevin.

Now you are going to have to be bored cause every week I am going to tell you how I have done on the One Step weight loss program. that I attend in Danville. I lost 5 pounds last week !!Yea, Yea !! When I left the meeting Sunday afternoon I meant to hurry to my church at Rover for the Valentine Banquet. Well I went out the wrong door of the church at Danville and could not find my car. I searched a long time before I found it and you guessed it, I was so turned around I got lost !! I saw I was gong the wrong way and turned around and I finally wound up at Sav A Sum ! Oh, well I needed groceries but I was too late now for the Banquet. So I just got groceries and I know my way home from Sav A Sum so I made it home. I'm going to have to drop bread crumbs from the parking lot to the room where I meet in the church.

Remember, Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we're here, we should dance.

Monday, February 04, 2008

early 50's we teen agers

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. "Well," said the Director,"we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub. "Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal. person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.""No,"said the Director, " A normal person would pull the plug. . Do you want a bed near the window?"

As I was driving through Bluffton one day this week, I thought, "No stores any more"---"No cars to be seen "--so very quiet--And no "picture show" on Saturday nights. Gee,in the late 40's and early 50's we teen agers were eager to go to the "show" at Bluffton on Saturdaynights. Two or three stores would be open and we could get acoke and candy bar. Maybe our boy friend would buy us the coke and we would just have a good time before the show started. I've wondered why someone doesn't operate a movie again on Saturday nights at Bluffton or Gravelly. The teen agers might go and us oldies would go.

I went to the Plainview library Tuesday. I talked to a guy that I won't mention his name, cause he might object, but I enjoyed his humor. He knew who I was because of my column and he said, "boy, you have it in for men and blondes--youd better quit picking on them." I told him that people tell me to quit picking on Hillary, to quit picking on Democrats, on Republicans,, on blondes and husbands, so gee, who can I joke about?

Imagine Camp Chaffee is gone--how sad !! The wind was so strong last Tuesday that after the fire started at Chaffee, the flames could not be contatined. A place of history gone from our state !!

I read this week about a Mother that was having trouble with her 15 year old son. They were having a heated augrement and the son said ,"Well, why did you have me?" The mother replied, "We didn't know it would be you !"

Isaw Jewelene Putman Benefield and her husband in Fowler's Friday afternoon. I was really glad to talk to them. Since Jewelene never looks any older, seeing her takes my mind back to years ago happy times. A sheriff's deputy was visiting in the kitchen and brought our drinks. I told Jewelene
Hey, I saw his gun."and someone asked who he was. Jewelene says, "I'm GOOD so I don't know the sheriff nor the depouty."

John Young, June and Lesley Harvey and others were also in Fowler's Friday and we naturally were talking politics. But what I enjoyed best was a shared piece of sugar free pie with John.I had come from Wal-mart and had some groceries in my car. I was lamenting the fact that I would have to bring my groceries to Gravelly and just turn around and go back to the basketball game that was being played there in Plainview. Jewlene and John convinced me that what I bought would be okay in my car until the ballgame was over. I took their word for it and went from Fowler's to the ballgame, which had already started.F.V. was playing Plainview. During the ballgame Plainview celebrated their Homecoming . The ceremony wasvery pretty and entertaining. The first game was played by the Junior boys. Our FV boys were defeated. Then our Senior boys ran onto the court and I was already excited!! At half time the score was FV 35 andPlainview 28. Don't tell me that small guys can't play basketball. Plainview has a short guy on their senior team that can really handle that ball. I really enjoyed watching him play. I do not know his name but he was number 2. The game was very exciting. Of course I would think that because FV won with a score 55 to 38.

Laurie Gagne risked life and limb by taking pictures of the ball game for the Record.

I visited with Laura Lampkin at the game. She intrioduced me to her niece, Jennifer Barnes. Jennifer told me she bought 2 of my books from the internet and gave one to her Dad, Johnnie Lawrence, for Christmas. She said her Dad enjoyed my column so much, she knew he would enjoy my book. Johnnie, I hope you enjoyed the book and will tell others about it.

Our FV cheerleaders were just great at the game. One cheer they did was just terrific and Einella Lewis, their instructor, told me the cheer was called "Shake it up Baby."

I am impressed because Sherry Hollyman , our Two River's supt. of schools, always attends our ball games. If a player gets hurt, Ms. Hollyman immediately goes to see how badly they are injured.

I know that 14 of my books were purchased from the internet. If some of you other readers have purchased my book let me know. My e-mail address is (all small letters) My address is Glenna Goodson, PO.. Box 57, Gravelly, Ar, 72838

Gene Morrison of Rover, will have brain surgery at Baptist Hospital in L.R, Thursday. Gene has had almost unbeaarable pain in her face for quite sometime. The doctors feel as if this surgery, hopefully, will alleviate the pain. Prayers are being said daily for this lovely, Christian lady.

Sundaynight I attended my first meeting of the 1st Place Program taught by Becky Patton at 1st Baptist, Danville. There's a lot to learn about the weight loss program but I received a lot of material that Iintend to really study. The Christian book Becky teaches is called "Presssing on to the Prize." Beckyh is really a creative teacher and makes the study very interesting. I was happy to see two familiar faces, Bobbie Hunnicutt and Cebelle James.

Remember this : Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you.