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Melissa Etheridge stood out by standing up

The last thing Melissa Etheridge ever imagined for her career was activism. But as a long-sought life in rock ‘n’ roll began to take hold, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter discovered that being herself also meant standing up for herself.

That headache excuse is real: For females, pain kills sexual desire

LOS ANGELES — It’s taken an army of mice (and a group of clever Canadian researchers) to crack open an old sexual chestnut and get at the meat inside: For women, “Not tonight dear, I have a headache” is not a passive-aggressive rebuff to a mate’s sexual invitation (not always, at least). It’s a biological phenomenon with deep evolutionary roots.

Pecan grafting clinic offered

Ever wonder how to make that pecan tree grow a bit better? The folks at the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service in would like to provide some answers. A clinic devoted to pecan grafting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at in the 2nd floor Assembly Room at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman. Cost for the program is $15 at the door.

Church fundraiser

DURANT — The second annual “Calf Fry,” benefiting the St. William Catholic Church building fund, is set for April 27 at the church, located at the intersection of 8th and University in Durant. Activities begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon.