• Traveling with kids? Columnist gives 10 tips for ‘happy flying’ experience

    American Way (American Airline’s inflight magazine) recently featured the House Fairy! (House Fairy is my get organized program for kids.) The House Fairy is flying high on publicity and it prompted me to write this for you mamas who fly. With vacation time here, and if …

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  • About Town

    Have you ever noticed how really good restaurants seem to have an environment that is almost as good as the food that is served? Think about your favorite places. For me, it’s hard to separate the food from the overall experience related to my favorite …

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  • Destination:Batesville

    We decided to go for a drive last Friday. Ended up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, after a one-night layover at Tunica. We thought we might motor on down to Biloxi, but reality kept hinting that we’re not up those long drives like we used to be. …

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  • Store Shopping Etiquette 101

    Wasn’t the weather absolutely gorgeous this past weekend? Well, it was on the Gulf, anyway. We decided to skip out on the rain forecast for Arkansas and head down to Gulfport, Mississippi, instead for a nice four-day vacation at Sienna on the Coast. If you’ve …

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  • Protecting whistleblowers

    Back in 2006, Edward Lane was director of the Community Intensive Training for Youth Program at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. During the course of his duties he discovered something was wrong. A state legislator was apparently employed by the program and receiving …

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  • Jeffery family history told; reunion planned

    The old Landers River Landing where steamboats and ferries, keelboats, johnboats and rafts anchored or tied themselves down is underwater. The rusted tin roof of the “Three Old Bachelors” cabin glistens. Stepping outside, the humidity engulfs me, a rude reality check to the beauty that …

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  • Hugh Critz saved Arkansas Tech from closing

    Arkansas began the 20th century with a renewed dedication to higher education. Colleges across the state were quickly established by the state Legislature, including Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. However, enrollments and financial problems nearly shut down Arkansas Tech. In 1918, a new college president, …

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  • Examining the new importance of ‘where’ we speak

    When we say something that might be threatening, how much does where we say it matter? The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to examine that question from a new angle — the increasingly popular method of online comments and posts on social media, as …

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  • What you need to know about unaccompanied minors

    Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future anchor baby citizens. Other women crossing are of child bearing …

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  • E-cigarettes should be e-regulated

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public flick their butts …

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  • Becoming a bookworm – Fond memories of Conway Public Library

    At the end of World War II when my parents and I returned to Conway to begin life anew, we discovered that comfortable housing was in short supply. So while Daddy went about trying to buy a car — also in short supply, but a …

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  • Cuttin’ okra clears my head

    The hot summer sun beat down on the back of our necks as we moved along the rows of okra with a knife in hand stepping inch by inch between each stalk and cuttin’ off the pods from the bottom up and placing them in …

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