Re­flec­tions On The Col­umn

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - David Wil­son Learn­ing Every Day

It is a great priv­i­lege to write in this space each week.

Be­gin­ning in May of 2016, the ed­i­tors wel­comed my sub­mis­sions and since then they have pub­lished more than 120 in­stall­ments of this col­umn.

I’m ex­tremely grate­ful to them for that, and I am very grate­ful to you for read­ing each week.

If you have fol­lowed along reg­u­larly, you know that we have ex­am­ined history, sports, ed­u­ca­tion, nos­tal­gia, small town val­ues, and mat­ters of faith.

At this time, I have other writ­ing en­deav­ors and other obli­ga­tions, and that means I can­not con­tinue to pro­vide a col­umn in the news­pa­per each week.

The ed­i­tors are very gra­cious and flex­i­ble, and have in­di­cated they would wel­come some col­umns from me in the fu­ture, even if it isn’t every week.

In the com­ing weeks we hope to col­lab­o­rate so that we can com­mem­o­rate the 100th birth­day of Billy Gra­ham, which is com­ing up in Novem­ber, and also do some­thing to re­flect upon the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, which is also com­ing in Novem­ber.

Any sub­mis­sions af­ter that would be much like those you have seen be­fore, deal­ing with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent top­ics.

For in­stance, it is now the 70th an­niver­sary of the toy known as elec­tric foot­ball. I was not aware that the game had been around that long, but it has. It was in use be­fore I came along, and it was some­thing that both of my sons en­joyed grow­ing up.

It’s a game that has lit­er­ally been en­joyed by two or three gen­er­a­tions.

If you aren’t fa­mil­iar with elec­tric foot­ball, and how both young and old have en­joyed it for decades, and how a per­son can col­lect any num­ber of pro­fes­sional teams to use in the game, then it would prob­a­bly be a good topic to ex­plore in a col­umn such as this.

An­other pos­si­ble topic would be a look back about 50 years ago in the world of sports.

On Oct. 19, 1968, the Ra­zor­backs went to Austin, Texas, to bat­tle the Longhorns in foot­ball, but came up short in a 39-29 de­ci­sion.

Arkansas tra­di­tion­ally had trou­ble de­feat­ing Texas, and the 1968 game was no ex­cep­tion. The Hogs took an early lead, but then fell be­hind when ev­ery­thing went the Longhorns’ way.

Arkansas Gazette sports edi­tor Orville Henry de­scribed how the game got away from the Ra­zor­backs, writ­ing, “…the Steers then ran off 36 straight points over a pe­riod of 19 min­utes in the mid­dle pe­ri­ods.”

Arkansas, how­ever, ral­lied in the clos­ing quar­ter to make the fi­nal score more re­spectable.

And still an­other topic could be the in­sights in books by pas­tor and au­thor Ken Boa of At­lanta. You might like his book Rewrit­ing Your Bro­ken Story or the one en­ti­tled Life in the Pres­ence of God.

In the lat­ter, Boa wrote that it is im­por­tant to al­ways strive to make progress in life and in one’s faith.

“We’re never sup­posed to plateau, spir­i­tu­ally,” he wrote, “never re­tire from growth and learn­ing, even in old age.”

I’ll miss this weekly ex­pe­ri­ence, but I will still be en­gaged in var­i­ous writ­ing projects, in­clud­ing ar­ti­cles on my web­site at DWil­sonNotes.com.

Hav­ing said that, how­ever, I re­main a big fan of com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, es­pe­cially the pa­per ver­sions that you can fold up.

Some say the pa­per for­mat of news­pa­pers is go­ing away, but I cer­tainly hope not. I still pre­fer read­ing those the old-fash­ioned way, sit­ting in my re­cliner.

In my heart I will al­ways be a re­specter of jour­nal­is­tic en­deav­ors, and I’ll al­ways be a teacher and a writer.

And I’ll al­ways be an Arkansan.

Those things tend to come out in my writ­ing, as I’m sure you’ve no­ticed.

Thanks for read­ing.

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