• Homelessness is a real problem

    Last week, my Facebook feed was filled with comments about the homeless situation in Batesville. Homelessness and hunger are two things I take seriously, and it has always weighed heavy on my heart to do whatever I could do to help those in need. Over …

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  • Death of Col. Joe C. Porter, CSA

    Winter has come early to the Ozarks. According to the news, it’s the earliest date with only four other times in documented history as this early, the farthest back being the late 1800s. It reminded me of the stories of the long trek into Batesville …

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  • Christmas Creep

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And some folks aren’t too happy about it. Many of our readers will remember a time when we celebrated the fall and winter holidays in some sort of order. First there was Halloween. The stores filled their …

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  • Penny wise and parks foolish

    At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism. Stretching 277 miles long and a mile deep, it is perhaps our nation’s greatest natural treasure. If …

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  • It’s time to think over ‘under God’

    Did you hear atheists are suing God? According to Fox News’ for-profit preacher Mike Huckabee they do it all the time! “Dear Lord!” he tweeted this week, “Atheists are suing God AGAIN!” Never mind the spurious premise of a group of people suing the very …

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  • De-clutter your house

    As the old Tyree luck would have it, I was near the end of my month-long exile from work (following laser prostate surgery) before I stumbled across the book “5 Days To A Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space.” Of course …

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  • 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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