• AOL: You’ve got spam

    It’s been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can’t bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there’s an old friend about to reach out and all he has is my …

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  • Ancient and modern technology

    We had just finished touring the first of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, with the rest of the day ahead of us to visit others. As we gathered back to our boat, some Peruvian men rowed up in a boat they had made from …

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  • Thanksgiving: So much to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to …

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  • Stories tell more than headlines

    Last week while perusing through news websites, a couple headlines kept jumping out at me: “Local pastors arrested for feeding the homeless!” And, “90-year-old man arrested for helping the homeless!” That type of headline is sure to make us stop and read the story right? …

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  • Future seems to be going up in smoke

    I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope. Cigarette smoking used to be fashionable. Actors like Steve McQueen and Sean Connery made it look manly and …

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  • Last of the fall harvest

    Last spring my sister Robbie asked me where to get some sweet potato slips. I’d told her I’d grown my own on a good sweet potato from the store. Like sprouting an avocado tree from its seed, I used two toothpicks inserted into the side …

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  • Herman Davis, most decorated Arkansan of World War I

    Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the …

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  • Why millennials hate voice mail

    Get this: Millennials hate voice mail and don’t often bother to listen to their messages. So reports NPR’s “All Things Considered” in its “The New Boom” series. As it goes, millennials prefer to receive their information via text or Facebook messages. If they receive a …

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on both sides of Berlin Wall

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post. When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we …

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  • Dropping in on the veteran down the street

    A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Russ Post, an 89-year-old war veteran who happens to live on my street. What followed was a memorable Saturday afternoon, as Russ took my teenage son and I on a roller coaster ride from his youth in …

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  • It’s time to check health care coverage for 2015

    Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign up for the first time. More than 7 million Americans, including 43,446 Arkansans, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the program’s first open enrollment period a year ago. This year’s …

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  • Veterans Day gives Arkansas chance to honor those who served

    “From the founding of this country, veterans have been the lifeblood of our nation. …We want all of our deserving heroes to be honored and recognized.” —Col. Conrad Reynolds, founder/director of Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame     Col. Conrad Reynolds made these remarks …

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