• Losing ourselves in snow, cold

    Let’s keep it together, people. I speak of the way we are responding to record snow and cold sweeping across vast regions of the country. People are cussing at snowplow drivers and each other. Panicked shoppers are fighting over toilet paper and milk. Americans are …

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  • Green Rush munchies

    It’s easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That’s …

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  • Learning to cook

    When I was growing up one talent that both my parents stressed I should acquire was learning to cook. Perhaps it was their foresight that it would not be likely to find women in my generation willing to dedicate themselves totally to cooking, cleaning and …

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  • Legitimizing rape

    The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this …

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  • Helena was busy garrison for Union army

    One hundred fifty years ago, Helena was a busy garrison for the Union army. According to a dispatch sent from Gen. Buford, a large number of Confederate scouts was captured in the Delta. Buford related that 28 Confederate privates were sent to Alton and six …

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  • If you’re reading this, you’re probably a terrorist

    This has been one of those times that a series of random, seemingly unrelated events have all reinforced a common lesson for me. First, it was reported on Jan. 21 (“Opposed to Fracking? You Might Be a Terrorist,” PopularResistance.org) that Canadian and U.S. law enforcement …

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  • Vance Randolph: Folklorist of the Ozarks

    Like many scholars, Vance Randolph’s lifelong work was not recognized until near the end of his life. While in his early 20s, he had a strong desire to study Ozark mountain culture. Randolph was born in 1892 in Pittsburg, Kan., to John (an attorney) and …

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  • CrossFit: Working out an understanding

    Flipping through a recent issue of Time magazine, I discovered the wildly popular phenomenon CrossFit and similar extreme workout programs. The hyperintensive exercise sessions weed out a high percentage of the merely curious, but are almost a religion for those dedicated enough to stick with …

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  • Shirley Temple’s America

    Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I was dismayed by the sparse reaction to the loss of this woman who lived a great American life. Had Shirley Temple died 50 …

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  • Wondering if animal rights activists use shampoo, medicine

    Recently my eighth-grader had a school project in which she had to pick a speech that someone else had given, read it to her class and then discuss it. I was thinking of all kinds of famous speeches by individuals such as Martin Luther King …

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  • Voice for civil rights in Arkansas

    John Gray Lucas was born in the chaos of the Civil War and became a voice for civil rights in Arkansas. He was born in East Texas in 1864. His mother had been a slave who became a refugee as she sought to escape the …

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  • Stress, thy name is Valentine’s Day

    At the risk of being branded a Valentine Grinch, I must take issue with opinions expressed recently in the Winnipeg Sun. Writer Shelley Cook tried to contrast Valentine’s Day as experienced by adults and by children. She saw the holiday as complicated and anxiety-producing for …

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