• Being thankful

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and to give thanks for the many blessings we have. It means much more than eating a big turkey dinner and watching football all day. Although I realize my blessings now and I am very thankful, grateful and happy, …

    Read More

  • Pass the potatoes, civility

    Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com. It’s bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a conservative Republican. …

    Read More

  • Our Native American heritage

    Over the last few weeks, politics have dominated the news, overshadowing that November is Native American Heritage Month. Locally we have a rich Native American history. Most Arkansas history skims over our history with a paragraph here or there discussing the Osage claims to Arkansas …

    Read More

  • My mom’s success

    I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years. At least that’s how it seemed when her life was viewed in contrast with that of my …

    Read More

  • Thanksgiving offers time for gratitude

    I’ve never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. It’s not that I disapprove of those who do or that I don’t enjoy Christmastime. I’ve just always thought Thanksgiving has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye. And it goes well …

    Read More

  • My imperfect thanks

    Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars in the lottery and another …

    Read More

  • Two soldiers

    David and John were two men from the same small town who grew up on opposite sides of society. David was from the richest family in town. His family owned much of the land and some big companies, employing more than half of those who …

    Read More

  • Internet gambling ban is a losing bet

    Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose “crony capitalism” or “cronyism.” Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests. For example, Congress may soon …

    Read More

  • A matter of survival

    When the last Census results were counted in 2010, it appeared that we’d had the smallest population growth in the last 10 years since the Great Depression. That’s surprising to me considering all the immigrants we have. And the Duggar family. Granted, I haven’t thought …

    Read More

  • Sneak peek at Thanksgiving 2034

    There is no shortage of pundits who could do a worthy job of waxing philosophical about the things we should or shouldn’t be thankful for at Thanksgiving 2014. Rather than get lost in the shuffle of those traditional analyses, I’m going to take a different …

    Read More

  • 1st woman doctor in Arkansas

    Ida Brooks was born in 1853 in Iowa to preacher and Arkansas politician Joseph Brooks. But Ida would come to outshine her political father and become a pioneer in education and medicine in Arkansas in a time when women were typically sidelined. Her family would …

    Read More

  • Tradition of giving thanks

    The Thanksgiving holiday has a long tradition here in the U.S. The Plymouth Colony observed the first Thanksgiving in 1621. George Washington and other early Presidents directed the country to celebrate Thanksgiving in an on-again, off-again fashion until Abraham Lincoln made it an official annual …

    Read More

Page 1 of 10712345»102030...Last »