• Is this planet of the apes or mountain lions?

    Ever notice how sometimes critters will show up where they’re not wanted? Mice in your house, for example. Crickets in your bathtub. Snakes in your backyard. And other times critters may end up in places that sure aren’t the safest for them. Deer crossing the …

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  • Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s religion

    Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage though their company’s insurance plan. They called it a victory for “religious freedom.”  I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience also stand up …

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  • 4th of July fast facts

    “I’m confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain.” “Actually, according to ConstitutionFacts.com, that’s not so. The Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.” “Then why do we celebrate our …

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  • Eddie and the Fourth of July

    When I drove by Eddie Gabor’s old house, I was transported back more than 20 years to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there. Eddie Gabor was my grandmother’s longtime boyfriend and companion. For the last 20 years of her life, …

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  • The Washington Treaty Breakers

    You don’t hear much about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And that, my friends, is a good thing. Usually this federal office is as controversial as parsley wrapped celery. On a 1-10 scale of boring, patent law has to rate about a 3,000. That’s …

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  • Being ‘offended’ does not constitute an ‘establishment’ of religion

    The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church which offered air conditioning, more …

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  • Traveling with kids? Columnist gives 10 tips for ‘happy flying’ experience

    American Way (American Airline’s inflight magazine) recently featured the House Fairy! (House Fairy is my get organized program for kids.) The House Fairy is flying high on publicity and it prompted me to write this for you mamas who fly. With vacation time here, and if …

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  • About Town

    Have you ever noticed how really good restaurants seem to have an environment that is almost as good as the food that is served? Think about your favorite places. For me, it’s hard to separate the food from the overall experience related to my favorite …

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  • Destination:Batesville

    We decided to go for a drive last Friday. Ended up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, after a one-night layover at Tunica. We thought we might motor on down to Biloxi, but reality kept hinting that we’re not up those long drives like we used to be. …

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  • Store Shopping Etiquette 101

    Wasn’t the weather absolutely gorgeous this past weekend? Well, it was on the Gulf, anyway. We decided to skip out on the rain forecast for Arkansas and head down to Gulfport, Mississippi, instead for a nice four-day vacation at Sienna on the Coast. If you’ve …

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  • Protecting whistleblowers

    Back in 2006, Edward Lane was director of the Community Intensive Training for Youth Program at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. During the course of his duties he discovered something was wrong. A state legislator was apparently employed by the program and receiving …

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  • Jeffery family history told; reunion planned

    The old Landers River Landing where steamboats and ferries, keelboats, johnboats and rafts anchored or tied themselves down is underwater. The rusted tin roof of the “Three Old Bachelors” cabin glistens. Stepping outside, the humidity engulfs me, a rude reality check to the beauty that …

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