Corydon Times

Garden Road - March 31, 2015
My wife Jennifer was saddened to hear that Jordy Rhoades would no longer be cutting hair in his shop south of the Corydon square. My son Grant, however, most likely would be delighted if he understood, for Jordy was the first barber to give him a haircut. It was 10 minutes of sheer terror for little Grant. Though there was nothing Jordy could have done. When a grown man with a sharp object drops clumps of something never before cut all around your feet, and you possess the outlook of a two-year-old, it is difficult to be impartial.

Jordy told Grant over-and-over again how sorry he was for doing his job, but Grant would have none of it.

Mar 30, 2015, 08:06

Garden Road - March 24, 2015
In a recent article that I wrote about Brian Shelley, the retired state trooper spoke about how everyone grieves differently. He was often first on the scene of fatal accidents. Losing someone without warning is usually more difficult than after the long convalescence of a loved one. Whatever the circumstance, Shelley saw the randomness of the duration of mourning, and the range of its intensity.

As is said, we do not weep for the dead, we weep for ourselves. Grief is complicated, and reserved for the living.

We celebrate birthdays every year. We also must deal with death days. The two circle each other like binary suns. The quick know only one of those dates. The dead are marked by both.

Mar 23, 2015, 07:51

Garden Road - March 17, 2015
I have never experienced jet lag, but I imagine the first few days of the Daylight Saving Time change must come close to it. For those of us with children, itís worse, because these small humans are still operating on the internal clock set for them during the previous five months. I try to use the half-hour method, where I start by putting them down for naps and bedtime a half-hour early for the first week. This slowly indoctrinates the children.

It is not surprising that parents and farmers are the biggest opponents of Daylight Saving Time.

As some of us learned in school, Benjamin Franklin first thought of DST. What we didnít know, when our teachers told us that fact, is that he did so as a joke.

Mar 16, 2015, 08:03

Garden Road - March 10, 2015
I turned the Corydon State Bank calendar from February to March, and was greeted by an image familiar to meóGrand Marais, Minn., on the north shore of Lake Superior. Paul Sunderbergís photograph shows a sandbar at sunset, the water frozen.

For most of the year, that is a common sight on the pier, the snow dark purple at dusk. But I met Grand Marais in the summer of 2003 during a heat wave. She was standing in volcanic rock as the tide washed in, smoothing the orange face and contours of the bay. My brother Grant introduced us in August, when Mars was the largest object in the night sky outside of the moon. On Aug. 27 of that year, on my wife Jenniferís birthday, the red planet was the closest it had been to earth in 60,000 years.

Mar 3, 2015, 14:55

Garden Road - March 3, 2015
In first grade at Wayne, the school bused us out to Allerton for a year. That was just part of the pattern back thenókindergarten at the elementary school in Corydon, Allerton for first grade, back to Corydon for second grade. After consolidation, many of the small town high schools became dumping grounds, of sorts, for lower grade levels. The Sewal high school building, where my grandparents Gerald and Denise Selby graduated from, served at one point as Seymourís junior high, before they tore down that brick building on the south side of what was once a bustling little metropolis, where my great-grandfather worked as a doctor.

The last high school class graduated from there in 1959. Former English and social studies teacher Elna Langford Tucker was valedictorian one year, before retiring from teaching after a long journey in 1989. She passed away in 2008, but not before beginning a scholarship program in her name for students at Truman State University. According to Truman Stateís website, Tucker entertained herself as a young girl by lining up chairs and using the familyís farm dogs as pupils. That prepared her for her future career teaching human children.

Mar 2, 2015, 08:59