• Christmas is a time for presence

    I remember having my nose pressed squarely against the window. It was cold outside and frost had formed around the edges of the panes near the white wooden stiles separating each of the three windows in the living room into six sections. I was watching …

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  • Money belongs to us, not workers

    The audacity that public servants believe they can use the public’s money for their own personal use without repercussions continues to amaze us. We live in a day where anyone can be involved in electronic eavesdropping, whistleblowing, social media warfare, Freedom of Information investigations, and …

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  • Son’s first Christmas

    My son Gideon turned 9 months old on Dec. 6. We didn’t get to dwell on that milestone because he’s already in high gear for his first Christmas. I know it’s a cliche, but having a child around the house (after 13 years of a …

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  • Do you hear what I hear?

    It was 73 and sunny, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the “holiday spirit.” Then he played “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry — a song …

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  • Don’t worry, Santa, the ‘war on Christmas’ isn’t real

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus (according to a survey from Public Policy Polling), I wasn’t surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.” After all …

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  • Fine Bowie Knife collection

    One of the many little-known treasures of Arkansas is the Bowie Knife Gallery at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The 175-year history of America’s most famous knife is revealed in the world’s finest Bowie collection, right here in Arkansas! The exhibit includes …

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  • ‘A Christmas Toy Story’: Back to the basics

    Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America — especially with our Christmas toys. Consider: In the basement of any kid’s home you’ll find once-trendy, dust-collecting gadgets that are no longer played with. So I was delighted to stumble across a …

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  • Let it snow? I don’t think so

    Let me be the first to say that I was not one of those people running around hoping and praying for this nasty winter weather, just to get a day off work. If I had my way I’d live on an island in the middle …

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  • Tebow to Tea Party: The top 10 comedic news stories of 2013

    Be still, your beating hearts. As we exultantly find ourselves in this festive place once again. The most wonderful time of the year. When squealing children race home from school to check and recheck their favorite news websites. Husbands and wives fight for possession of …

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  • Beware the button battery: Tiny discs can lead to big-time health scare

    Parents sometimes dismiss the occasional swallowed item as a rite of “passage” in young kids. They often assume that the ingested object will indeed pass through, and they’ll see it again at a diaper change. While this may be true with some items like coins, …

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  • Equations of Christmas: What does ‘X’ really mean?

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas. I recall various memories of Christmas past: cramming scores of beloved aunts, uncles and cousins into small houses, …

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  • The Scarlet Hashtag – Adultery goes high-tech

    Cheaters never prosper, but facilitators of cheaters laugh all the way to the bank. I hesitated to write about this, because I didn’t want to provide free publicity — but since the subject has already been publicized via “Dr. Phil,” “The View” and “Time” magazine …

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