• 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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  • Three men crucified

    Roman soldiers crucified three men that day: two thieves and one extremist. We have extremists across the political spectrum today, but not like this extremist. He was so extreme, he pronounced himself God. No one is more despicable than a thief, especially one who steals …

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  • Blood Moon apparently ushers in the stupid

    The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. …

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  • Cuisine for rich, famous curbs appetite

    Recently an online ad caught my eye. It depicted a photo of a giant juicy burger with the words, “Would YOU pay $250 for a burger?” Well, no. I wouldn’t. And I can’t think of anyone I know who would either. But that ad did …

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  • Patronizing paychecks

    In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not …

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  • The new Talk Radio Party

    So what does the Tea Party want this fall? A repeat of 2010, or a repeat of 2012? The Tea Party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives and, if the Tea Party hadn’t been …

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  • Feed hunger, improve school scores

    Research has proven that hungry students don’t perform at peak levels in the classroom, no matter how hard they want to excel. Other researchers have calculated that one in five American children struggle with hunger, and that three in five American teachers see hungry students …

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  • Tax day: What kind of ‘civilization’ are we paying for?

    April 15 seems to be a holiday of sorts for progressives, who inevitably trot out Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote about taxes being “the price we pay for civilization,” and reminding us of all the great stuff — roads, schools, etc. — that they pay for. …

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  • Constitution nears 140th birthday

    The state’s current constitution was drawn up in 1874, mostly to rid Arkansas of the laws that centralized authority during the Civil War and Reconstruction years. While Democrats outnumbered Republicans working on the document, convention delegates remained civil and courteous throughout the process. One person, …

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  • Income tax procrastinators, unite!

    Suddenly, I don’t feel so alone. According to the Internal Revenue Service, roughly one in five Americans file their federal and state income tax returns in the final week before the April 15 deadline. Yes, every year, despite my best intentions, I wind up rushing to …

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