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Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Mr. Hyde sleepy



If you don’t get enough sleep there are a number of bad things that happen according to an online publication by the Dollar Shave Club:

1. You get irritable. Enough sleep — Dr. Jekyll. Not enough sleep — Mr. Hyde. There is a thingy in your brain that is tied to negative emotions, and the thingy gets active when you are sleepy. It makes you into Mr. Hyde.

2. You get groggy. Losing several hours of sleep has the same brain equivalent as glugs of alcohol. It has to do with metabolism and blood flow, two things I know nothing about.

3. You get sick easy (immune system). A person who is way behind on his/her sleep is four times more likely to catch a cold.

4. You forget things. The less sleep you get, the ‘older’ your brain gets. There was something else I meant to say but I’ve forgotten what it was.

5. You have diminished sex drive. Well, the article had a spicy explanation about this phenomenon, but I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested.

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PLEASE HURRY UP! Our nation needs high school and college football to hurry up and kick off before the wheels of the country fly off!

And, I don’t want to get things stirred up, but I certainly hope that the media doesn’t report any false scores this season.

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After an absence of a couple of years, ‘my’ owl returned to the neighborhood this past weekend. It sounds as if it is in a tree somewhere near the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on West Leslie St., but I admit that my ears are no longer good indicators of the direction of sound.

There is a very obvious difference between the cooing of a dove and the whooing of an owl.

It may be my imagination, but when Brother or Sister Owl begins whooing, all of the other birds get real quiet.

The pattern of the past has been that the owl hangs around whooing for a few weeks, then is gone for about a year.

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HEARD FROM. Former resident Kent Hendrix, now living in Hope, contacted me about ‘his’ Mississippi kites.

”For years I have enjoyed your reports of the Mississippi kites as they pass through the area.  Today there were five of them joining me while I was cutting hay. Their aerial acrobatics were pretty amazing. Mostly they would swoop by my tractor at high speed and grab a grasshopper with their talons, usually eating it in mid-flight after they had pulled up and gained some altitude.

“As I finished cutting my hay meadow into the final little square, I noticed a common field mouse struggling mightily to hop out of the way of my cutter blade and back into the tall grass. I knew that when I made the final cut and he had nowhere to hide, it would be game over for the little fellow. Sure enough, as the last hay fell, no amount of hopping, running, and trying to duck under the mowed hay could save Mickey. One of the kites spied the helpless mouse, made a dive bomber-like run at the ground, and plucked him out of the hay at extremely high speed just a few feet away from me. I could see the mouse’s tail flailing as the kite pulled up and headed for the nearest tree for a proper sit-down meal, I suppose. The hand-to-eye coordination of my finest athletic teammates on our 1970’s era Delight Bulldog basketball teams, which regularly trounced Mineral Springs, Kirby, and sometimes Saratoga, were as mere toddler skills when compared to the kite show that I witnessed today.”

Thanks for sharing, Kent. You can expect to hear from some oldtimer Hornets, Trojans and Red Bulldogs.

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CREDIT WHERE credit is due. Those Roosian women just won’t give up. There are messages from 30 or 40 of these lovely (they say) Roosians in my email folder just begging to meet me.

If I ever get my rightful share of the national treasury from that Nigerian prince who is being held without bail in the Belgian embassy, I’ll send the Roosian girls some money so they can come to Arkansas.

I am getting just a bit worried about the prince, though. I sent him my ‘good faith’ investment money several months ago and haven’t heard from him since then.

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THINGS I LEARNED from opening email: One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

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WORD GAMES. Another set of triplets: Rock, Scissors and Paper. Always arguing.

A lot of people don’t know this bit of trivia — they invented ‘hand jive.’ Oh, you’ve never heard of hand jive?

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HE SAID: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Sir Winston Churchill, statesman.

The world misses you, Prime Minister.

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SHE SAID: “What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday.” Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, Jan. 2005-Jan. 2009.

The country misses you, Madam Secretary.

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