Hydrate, really

It’s here, the real summer that we Arkansans take as our cross to bear. Right on time, here in mid-July, and we can expect crazy oppressive heat on through August, give or take.

We know, because you are the tough sort as comes out of Van Buren County, ready for it, and we know as the intellectual sort as reads editorials, aware of it, but please, allow us to drive home a very important point: Hydrate. Drink some water. Okay, some sports drink, sure, but keep the fluids going. The thing is soda, or those of you so inclined, beer, aren’t going to do you any good whatsoever in keeping your body healthy with all this heat.

This is the serious time of year. This is the time to be paying attention.

Keep an eye on each other. You’re out there working on something, going to take a water break, check with your co-worker, see if s/he’s ready for a water. Around the neighborhood - and seriously, pay attention here - check on the shut-ins, make sure the fan’s going and they’re doing all right. Your pets of course, heck, anything that breathes and eats, just show some care, be careful. We got about six weeks of crazy-hot, then we’ll be moving toward the Fall, we can do this. Just be careful.

And drink some water.

Speaking of summer

We continue to hear good things about the music in the park series out at Archey Fork Park. People are pulling up out there and, in the evening cool, enjoying some live music in a pleasant environment.

We’re glad to see it. It’s a nice idea, and a nice park. Grab a lawn chair, blanket, whatever, as you are so inclined, and go enjoy some music this Saturday night.

With that said, and we picked up some of this from the Picking on the Square monthly Saturday morning thing, we’re impressed by the number of, and quality of, musicians in this area. At any given moment you are wandering around Van Buren County and there’s quite likely a talented musician just a few feet away. We know! Just amazing.

Back to school

It’s amazing to us, it seems like summer break just started a few hours ago, and already we’re getting ready to start back to school.

Psalm 119: 1-8 (NIV)

• Aleph

1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,

who walk according to the law of the Lord.

2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes

and seek him with all their heart—

3 they do no wrong

but follow his ways.

4 You have laid down precepts

that are to be fully obeyed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast

in obeying your decrees!

6 Then I would not be put to shame

when I consider all your commands.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous laws.

8 I will obey your decrees;

do not utterly forsake me.