March 14, 2007 Edition

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Teague's writings
published, honored

John Bland

Walnut Ridge native Sarah Shell Teague of El Dorado has written several essays through the years that she has shared with The TD. This past December, we published her three-part story about her family's "White Christmas" in Colorado and their very harrowing snowmobile trip. Another year, she wrote about her experiences as a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Her bell-ringing story has since been published in a collection of short stories and essays titled, "Tales from the South." In the book, her essay is titled "Walk a Mile with My Bells." Copies of that book are available for purchase at The TD at a discounted price.

More recently, another story of Sarah's, "In Pursuit of Dolphins," won honorable mention in the Page Edwards Short Fiction Contest at the Florida First Coast Writer's Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

We'll keep watching for more good things from Sarah.


Billy Joe Hoffman of Walnut Ridge shared the following good advice adapted from an article written by Charles J. Sykes and titled, "Some rules kids won't learn in school." It was first printed in the San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 19, 1996, and has been widely circulated.

Rule 1: Life is not fair ~ get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault; so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you can read this ~ thank a teacher!

If you are reading it in English ~ thank a soldier!


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