by Max Brantley
Duane Highley, a Springfield, Mo., utilities executive, has been chosen as new CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, succeeding the retiring Gary Voight.
He's new age, certainly by staid utility standards. Hard to imagine that a Reeves Ritchie or a Jerry Maulden or Carl Whillock ever would have had a Facebook page, or Twitter account (photograph shows him astride a motorcycle) or, even more remarkable, a personal blog that delves into personal relationships and all other sorts of topics, including the predictable, such as an item on the demerits of solar power as a replacement for conventional supply and another downplaying comparisons of the Japanese nuclear accident with Chernobyl. He also writes articles on family relationships, a frequent blog topic, for a Missouri-based website, Operation Us.
From his blog, Highleyunlikely:
Over the last several years I’ve watched my sons riding high on the wave of romance, a dance in their step, a wink in their eye, and a joy for life, all because a new girl has appeared in their life. In contrast to this I’ve watched in agony as they struggle through breakups. It is painful for them and painful for me. What I really wish is that they would just let me run their life; tell them what to do. That would solve everything, wouldn’t it? I could just use my great experience from a lifetime of relationship struggles to offer some guidance and straighten things out..
But it doesn’t work that way. It seems that every generation has to work this out on their own. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is it necessary that darkness exist, just to demonstrate the beauty of light? Perhaps we have to experience the pain of the breakup before we can fully enjoy the delight of commitment.
So here’s to all young people everywhere who are struggling with relationships, and to their parents who care enough to try and offer their advice. May we learn to listen to each other