The Pressing

By: Kandy Persall From outward appearances, the terra cotta lump is merely a bulk of clay. Indeed the pliable mud is no better than any other, consisting only of sand, silt, water, and finely crushed minerals. This ordinary adobe bears the destiny of becoming another piece of unremarkable pottery.  The only difference lies in the hand of the potter. If the artisan is skilled …

Christmas in Baghdad

Today’s Christmas memory comes to us from Amber Smith, a sophomore at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I vividly remember “meeting” Amber for the first time as she toddled around a friend’s living room in Taichung, Taiwan. I couldn’t take my eyes off her as she looked so much like her dad.     Of course, they say that …

Lessons from the Storm

Okay, so now I know what “sustained 85-mile-an-hour” winds do to a city.   One hospital lost quite a few windows and another about half their roof. Minor really, considering the winds had tornadic tendencies.    Our own neighborhood is still without power and has quite a few downed trees.    As I replay the force of Wednesday night’s storm, …