• Through the Looking Glass

    What compromises must we make when it comes to our security vs. our privacy? Personally, I’m far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google. According to the latest headlines, the NSA is gathering …

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  • Why your son-in-law will see you naked, and 2 other life truths

    It’s funny, you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you. As I contemplate my life, the part so far, and the part yet to come, here are three …

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  • Counting down the days to the end of mutton chops

    When my daughters wanted to try out for the local production of “A Christmas Carol,” I joined them for some father-daughter time. At the auditions, organizers asked what part we would consider. I said that I’d be happy with no part at all and could …

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  • John Grisham, Arkansas native

    Perhaps best known for the thrilling Hollywood movies made from his bestselling novels, John Grisham was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Jonesboro. His parents, John and Wanda (Skidmore) Grisham, were helping on the family cotton farm near Black Oak, in eastern Craighead County, at the …

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  • Union Army scouting southwest Arkansas for enemy

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army was scouting southwest Arkansas for any sign of the enemy. In his report to the headquarters of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (US), Col. James M. Johnson concentrated his intelligence gathering in the neighborhood of Arkadelphia, Okalona and …

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  • When strengths become weaknesses

    I like to talk. A lot. My talkativeness has won me business, forged friendships, and been the bedrock of my career. My talkativeness has also made me overbearing, ruined relationships, and been my Achilles heel in almost every role I’ve played. As with most people, …

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  • Flying Fido

    Recently there seems to be a lot on the news about airlines, like the man in the wheelchair who to had to crawl down the aisle because the plane couldn’t accommodate him. Or the lady on Thanksgiving Day who threw the big fit because the …

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  • Jimmy Driftwood wrote songs for history students

    The Ozark Mountains region has produced many talented and celebrated musicians over the last several decades. Perhaps one of the most clever was Arkansas’ own Jimmy Driftwood. Born James Morris in Stone County in 1907, he grew up with modest means in a farming family …

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  • A future with Bill Clinton as ‘first guy’

    When Bill Clinton said President Obama should allow people to keep their health-insurance coverage — an early attempt to distance Hillary and himself from ObamaCare — a couple weeks ago I began to worry that the Clintons may be serious about another run at the …

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  • ‘Poor Preachers’ Frank, Jesse James’ connection to Independence, Izard areas

    Beau and I recently attended the United Methodist Church services in Mountain View. The message was on stewardship and doing things on someone else’s nickel. Using the scenario of a restored train station where historic parking meters are still used showing only whether your time …

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  • ‘Rainbow Bridge’ nationally recognized

    Following on the heels of Batesville’s new bridge in 1928, was Cotter’s graceful rainbow-arched bridge, completed in 1930. The state paid the Cotter ferryboat owner $250 to end his service, which was no longer needed. Before the bridge opened, persons in the Cotter region urgently …

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  • Thanksgiving always tastes better when it’s shared

    My parents found out that Mr. Tawson not only refused to hold a job, but took most of his wife’s paycheck for himself, leaving almost nothing for her to purchase food to feed herself and their children. There were few things in life that disgusted …

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