January 9, 2008 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Edie Heard (front, from left), Benjamin Kruizenga; (back) Jasper Heard, Elisabeth Kruizenga and Zoe Heard are the grandchildren of Harvard and Ravina Kruizenga of Walnut Ridge.

Elisabeth and Benjamin are also the grandchildren of Frank and Karen Kelley and the great-grandchildren of Edith Kelley, all of Walnut Ridge. They are the children of Chad and Carol Kruizenga of Holland, Mich.

Jasper, Edie and Zoe are the children of Candace Heard of Little Rock.

Barbara Manning
Smith inspired
her students

(Editor's note: Barbara Manning Smith taught art at Walnut Ridge High School for several years. She died in November of 2007.)

I will have to admit when I was in high school I was a little skeptical of anyone over the age of 30. That's why having a teacher inspire me was met with resistance if not a down right "not happening" experience for me.

I remember some things being easy and having to study for other things. I definitely realize I should have put out more effort, and I would have gotten more out of high school.

I do, however, seem to remember the artistic upperclassmen and how cool they were. I wondered how they ever managed to produce such amazing art. When art was finally available to me in high school, I remember being so intimidated by it. I was encouraged by the art teacher, even though I feared she might kick me out after the first week. But she didn't.

Mrs. Barbara Manning Smith was so genuine. She got it ~ and taught me that art was just like any other subject. There are those who have a natural talent and those who can learn techniques, and by exposure to more art and experience, can enjoy art. This learned appreciation for art can bring great value to their lives.

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