‘60 Days In’ has become one of my favorite shows PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

I like a lot of television shows. Our DVR is set to record something just about every night of the week. 

Missed opportunities to spend time with mom and grandma PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:38

Easter is always a time of reflection for me.

An unlikely encounter filled with more similarities than expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 11 April 2016 06:54

I had the privilege recently to do some volunteer work at Branchville Correctional Facility in Tell City.

Paybacks can be brutal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heather Marlman   
Friday, 19 February 2016 19:13

My adorable, sometimes precocious, 13-month-old grandson peered up at me with his giant brown eyes. “HI!” he squealed, and my heart melted in the presence of his pure cuteness. Sensing my distraction, he reached up and grabbed a piece of paper from my desk and took off – laughing the entire way. I chased after him and retrieved the piece of paper and returned it to the pile on my desk.

The game was on. For the next 10 minutes we repeated the same sequence of events – he would sneak up and swipe a piece of paper, and I would chase him down to retrieve it. He would laugh hysterically, and I would laugh because he was laughing.

That little one is quite the stinker and has already developed a penchant for mischief. It’s something that will surely keep his mother on her toes for quite a number of years to come.

It reminds me of another small child I once knew who donned cute little pig tails and a rather sneaky side of her own.

“I was NOT that bad!” she protested when I reminded her that paybacks could be brutal.

I quickly recounted the story about the Christmas morning when she was only 2 ½ years old and we awoke to find that every single present that had been neatly placed under the Christmas tree had been opened. Correction: not just opened, but torn to shreds. I then followed with the story about when she was 3 years old and snuck out of the house early one morning to play with the litter of kittens on our porch, an incident which prompted us to immediately install a lock at the top of the door so that she couldn’t escape the house unnoticed.

“Okay mom, I get it.”

There’s this incredible thing that begins to happen when you reach a certain point in your life – you actually get to watch history begin to repeat itself. Every time I see my daughter with her tiny son I can’t help but flash back to a time in my life when I was wearing the very same shoes that she’s in right now. A moment later, I find myself grateful that I made it through raising children with all of my hair and most of nerves intact. She’s definitely in for a wild and crazy ride with her rambunctious little boy. He will try her patience, he will test her at every turn, and he will make her question her ability to maintain her sanity – and it will all be the greatest experience of her life.

In the meantime, I graciously accept my role of being the grandmother to the smartest, funniest, most energetic little boy on the planet. I will take every opportunity to laugh hysterically for no obvious reason, and I will accept every slobbery kiss that he has to offer. I will look forward to every energy-filled afternoon I can get knowing that when that day is over, I’ll go home to my peaceful, quiet house.

This grandma gig is actually pretty awesome.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 08:47
Three reasons to take in some ‘Hoosier Hysteria’ next week PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Friday, 19 February 2016 19:12

    My plan is for this not to be a sports column only.
    But last week I discussed my thoughts on the University of Louisville’s sex scandal.
    In this column I want to talk about basketball again, but this time, the other end of the spectrum – high school basketball – or more appropriately, Hoosier Hysteria!
    The Indiana High School Athletic Association held their annual tournament pairing show Sunday – after this column was already written.
    So this will not be about the exact match-ups, but it will be an encouragement to get out and watch some quality basketball next week.
    I thought I’d come up with three reasons you should head out to a high school basketball sectional near you.
    Counting down:
The Players!
    There are always players but the depth of talent in Southern Indiana is as good as it has been in recent years. 3
    At the top of the list is New Albany’s talented sophomore Romeo Langford. This young man already has been offered a scholarship by UCLA and in-state Indiana University. He is as good as advertised.
    New Albany’s coach wouldn’t rank him with past greats at New Albany, but he did tell CN2 that Langford has more skills than any sophomore he has ever coached.
    The list starts with Langford, but it doesn’t end there.
    Floyd Central has a crop of young talent and the Highlanders led by a talented freshman of their own Cobie Barnes.
    The Highlanders will travel to Seymour for sectional play and no one wants to draw the scrappy Highlanders.
    Other players to keep your eyes on – Borden’s Caleb Hart; Eastern’s Robert Rodewig; West Washington’s Michael Sizemore; Salem’s Seth Hobson; Several to chose from at Silver Creek and that’s just to name a few.
The Atmospheres
    Sectionals bring an atmosphere that is unrivaled in high school sports.
    Friday’s semi-finals and Saturday’s championships are as much fun to watch and be part of as any other local high school sporting events.
    Henryville will host the 2A sectional and if the Eastern-Providence sectional final atmosphere on the girls’ side is any indication, the roof may be blown off that gym for the second time since 2012.
    Seymour will host the 4A sectional and when that gym is full, it’s one of the top five venues in the entire state.
    New Albany is the clear favorite going in, but there are several teams who can play spoiler.
The Competition
    I’ve already mentioned the Class 4A sectional at Seymour and how it’s wide-open, but a number of other local sectionals could go to anyone.
    The Class A sectional at West Washington may be the most competitive.
    I would tab four teams with the possibility to win – Orleans, the host Senators, Borden and Trinity Lutheran. I think the winner will come down who gets the best draw.
    If you are just looking for good basketball and have no rooting interest, the Class 3A Sectional 30 at Charlestown should be fun.
    Brownstown and Silver Creek are the teams to beat, but Salem has Hobson and a host of other young talent. The Lions could figure into the outcome. Throw in pesky North Harrison and Charlestown and you could see where there won’t be a bad game in it.
    The Class 2A sectional at Henryville looks like the least intriguing sectional in the area – but remember last year, no one gave Eastern much of a chance going in and the Musketeers won.
    If the players, the atmosphere and the competition aren’t enough to get you out of the house, I don’t know what it would take.
    I could list another 10 reasons the IHSAA state tournament is worth watching and is one of the top events in the entire state!
    Good luck to all the teams and fans! Have fun, be safe and enjoy the hysteria!!!!

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 19:15
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