• Is heaven for real? Illuminating the Christian debate

    The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut earlier this month. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, a Nebraska pastor. While …

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  • Getting too clean

    How many times a day do I reach over and hit the squirt top of an antibacterial and rub down my hands? As I think on this practice, I wonder sometimes how I ever survived my childhood. How did any of us? We didn’t have …

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  • Children don’t need the state to protect them from Photoshop

    Well, give Miss Representation credit. The inescapable “It’s for the children!” is right there in their petition’s name: Join Our Family To Stop Advertising Hurting Our Kids; Support the Truth In Advertising Act. The proposed bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to regulate advertisers’ …

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  • Where the buffalo once roamed

    Two of the great untold stories of Arkansas are about the great hardwood forests that once covered the delta, between the hills and the Mississippi River. And, how the Ozarks were only partly covered with trees and the remaining land was covered with tall prairie …

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  • Time to get tough on India stealing our stuff

    Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits …

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  • As kids age, bedwetting can be challenge for entire family

    Take a moment to think about the average kindergarten classroom, probably 20 to 25 kids, right? At least two or three of those kindergartners — so about 15 percent — face a medical issue that causes their families plenty of anxiety and likely affects the …

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  • Helping kids beat summer doldrums

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final weeks of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid complaint of “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service

    In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (Tenn.) Tribune, brought me up to date. Decades …

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  • More than a bandit: Frank James, the teacher

    When talking of Frank James, first we remember him as the older brother of Jesse James, second as an outlaw and bandit, third as a Partisan Ranger riding with William Clarke Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson. We may think of him as a brother, son, …

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  • Mayhaws: A Southern delicacy

    One of the most celebrated delicacies of the South was found almost by accident in the remote wetlands and marshes across the region. For generations, the mayhaw berry has been one of the most popular foods in the South. The mayhaw, sometimes called the hawthorn, …

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  • Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

    Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the fifth grade. I grew up relatively untraveled. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had lots of kids, four in total, so “travel” was trips to South Carolina in our …

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  • Museum displays first ‘Daisy’

    “Buy a windmill — get a free air rifle.” That was an advertising gimmick dreamed up in the 1880s by the Plymouth (Michigan) Iron Windmill Co. However, this ploy backfired when people started asking to purchase the air guns instead of windmills. By 1895, the …

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