• Girl next door or Disney Princess?

    The media has been obsessed with Renee’s Zellweger’s new face, with articles quoting plastic surgeons on why she doesn’t look like herself. Zellweger says she looks different because she’s happy now and doesn’t admit to having plastic surgery. Most plastic surgeons are quoted saying Zellweger …

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  • The Journey

    Fall 1999. Preppers everywhere were cautiously making plans for something called Y2K. Some computer geek somewhere opined that computer chips everywhere were going to freeze up at one second after midnight, Dec. 31, 1999. The idea caught on and spawned a movement to prepare for …

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  • Halloween in the time of Ebola

    “Ewww!” said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover “Breaking Bad” meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop. These suits are just part of a trend (call it tacky, insensitive, creepy, gross) that includes …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    When Arkansas voters go to the polls, they will receive lengthy ballots that include four proposed constitutional amendments. Three of the proposed amendments were referred by the legislature and would change current laws on ethics, ballot issues, term limits and the procedures for implementing rules …

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  • History of nursing homes in Ark.

    “What are you going to do about it?” implored a mother to her son one day. The year was 1969, and U.S. Rep. David Pryor was being confronted by his mother about a serious problem facing an aunt in a nursing home. In spite of …

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  • No offense, but …

    The latest mudslinging to hit the political races last week was the racist email forwarded eight years ago by one candidate. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming to be a supporter but when choosing candidates, this sure doesn’t weigh up there on the …

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  • Gimme a second shot at ‘15 minutes of fame’

    According to an old saying, everyone will have 15 minutes of fame sometime in their life. When I was in high school, I hoped, with luck, to find mine in football. Our high school offensive line coach was a great man, but he had a …

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  • Local performances sure to entertain all

    My oldest daughter texted me and told me she had tickets for the Crescent Circus and she wanted me to tag along. My first reaction was that I really don’t care for circuses. I feel sorry for the animals, clowns really freak me out and …

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  • Colored troops, corn needed in battle 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price had many Union commanders on their toes, nervously anticipating Price’s next move in north Arkansas and Missouri. As the Union garrisons across the state were suffering low troop levels already, a hasty dispatch was sent from …

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  • Volunteering has merits – Lessons from boss’ point of view

    Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs. My dad, an ex-Navy vet, who went on to a successful career in banking, once told me, “I learned early on that seeing things from my …

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  • What United States needs is more independent contractors

    If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and I prosper. If …

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  • Meet the Comedy Central Press

    In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the largest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of …

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