Graciously Gaffney

Graciously Gaffney: Can’t stop? Won’t stop?

I hate celebrity gossip. Seriously, I don’t care about what Kate Upton eats or how much money Brad Pitt makes or what Kim Kardashian looks like when she cries. This is unfortunate for me, though, because celebrity gossip is pretty much unavoidable these days. Everytime I hop on Facebook or Twitter or even turn on…

Graciously Gaffney: Don’t put money where your mouth is

It’s my favorite time of the year: election season. With Super Tuesday just behind us and the general election in the not-too-distant future, the election is in full swing. I love elections. They’re the fundamental way we, as citizens, can participate in our political system. Not all of us will make laws, lobby for causes,…

Graciously Gaffney: Communicate your words

This week on “Meet the Press,” moderator David Gregory interviewed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. There are a lot of things on which I do not agree with Rick Santorum (like most of what he says). He talked about fellow Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and the upcoming primaries. He also spent some time defending…

Graciously Gaffney: A blast from the past

History is a fascinating thing. It shapes who we are and how we live. It is not necessarily the textbook history that I have come to love, though, but the stories that together shape a history. I remember when I first discovered this love. I was in fourth or fifth grade and was walking down…

Graciously Gaffney: Trial by error

Bad decisions. We all make them, and sometimes they’re unavoidable. Bad decisions are a fact of life, a part of the process of learning and growing up. There are different types of bad decisions, too. Some are life-changing bad decisions, which substantially alter your life. Then there are the other bad decisions that make for…

Graciously Gaffney: A good time baking

I recently discovered a new love: baking. For the longest time, I thought I just couldn’t do it. I figured I would burn cupcakes, disgust people with my cookies and actually make them sick with my brownies.  I thought it would be too hard. Plus, I was a little worried I would start a kitchen…

Graciously Gaffney: Let me read in peace

Last week in The CN’s Hits & Misses section, one of our “misses” was the banning of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Arizona’s schools. I can never fathom why anyone would want to ban any book, but I was especially shocked to hear the great bard had fallen victim. Curious as to what other books were…

Graciously Gaffney: Now what?

I realized a couple of things over Winter Break. First, I realized this is my last semester of college (hopefully ever). It’s not as though I haven’t known for some time the Spring 2012 semester would be my final semester or that I will be graduating in May. It became much less abstract and much…

Columns: Desperate times, desperate measures

We are bombarded by advertisements. We see messages on TV, the Internet, magazines, newspapers, buses, etc. They tell us how we should look, what we should buy, and even what we should like. For adults, this is annoying but not really a danger. I hate commercials, but I understand them. I know they don’t tell…

Graciously Gaffney: Summer vacation fun

I have a few countdowns happening simultaneously at the moment. I have one day left of class. There are three days until my birthday. There is one week of exams, which translates into one week until summer break. There are 48 days until summer officially begins, and hopefully fewer than that until the summer weather…

Graciously Gaffney: Simple steps to less stress

It’s at this time of the semester that I begin feeling utterly overwhelmed and I know I’m not alone. I’m sure many of you are feeling exactly the same way. It’s that point in the semester when all of the papers, projects, tests, etc. begin piling up in anticipation of the final stretch. Multiple nights…

Graciously Gaffney: Quit the complaining

I can be quite the complainer. I know that and I admit it. I complain when it snows, when it rains, when I have a lot of work to do, when I have nothing to do, when I don’t get sleep and when I oversleep. I’ve always justified it by telling myself that I do…

Graciously Gaffney: I’m a word-nerd

As we grow up and mature, we evolve in many ways. I know I’m very different from the little girl who went to Tree House Preschool and even the self-proclaimed adult who graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.  However, there is one thing about me that has never changed, even since I was a…

Graciously Gaffney: Charlie’s definitely off his rocker

I was going to write this column about why I like news and knowing what is happening around me, but then news happened. I’m sure most people have heard by this point about Charlie Sheen’s recent lunacy and slight break from reality. Yep, after being basically fired by CBS and having the 10th season of…

Graciously Gaffney: Assumptions gone awry

Normally I’m not a “CSI” fan, but it happened to be on TV when I went to bed the other night. I couldn’t fall asleep right away so I watched for a bit. One of the cases the team was working on included two deaths. One death was a boy who had been run over…

Graciously Gaffney: Polite Politics

According to a recent New York Times article, “Mary from Louisiana asked Olympia from Maine because they are BFFs, but had a backup in Bob from Tennessee in case she was rebuffed.” A few questions may arise from this introduction. Who are Mary, Olympia and Bob? Where are they going? Well, they are United States…