• Numbers, what are all these numbers?

    The year ends, the New Year begins and then like an avalanche of snow in winter, there they come — numbers. All kinds of numbers begin covering me from head to toe. At least that is the way it seems to feel. Slowly, paperwork trickles …

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  • Keeping old resolutions, making new for 2015

    Well the new year is here and we all know what that means. People will be making resolutions left and right, on everything from losing weight and quitting smoking to getting out of debt and becoming more organized. It’s the same thing each year when …

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  • The gifts they should’ve received

    Hey guys. Did this whole crazy holy daze madcap bedlam thing sneak up on you this year, making the world speed up like a maglev Bullet Train going downhill lit by a strobe, like it did us? There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. In 2014, Thanksgiving …

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  • Should politicians be sworn in on the Bible?

    Now that dust from the midterms has settled, thousands of politicians-elect are taking office. In the predictably rough climate of American politics, there is serious controversy. This time, though, the strife has nothing to do with President Obama, Republican primaries, or lobbyists living up to …

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  • Sending out thanks to North Korea

    Thank you, North Korea. Your alleged cyber attack on Sony has, I hope, awakened the American people. America is not doing so well, you see. Sure, we are No. 1 in self-esteem — we are No. 1 at being indignant about a variety of perceived …

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  • Sony gets the last laugh, after all

    The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing — plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip. But most remarkable is how all of the above combine to make “The Interview,” …

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  • The tempestuous life of James P. Clarke, governor and U.S. senator

    As a youngster, friends all described James P. Clarke as “determined.” He was angry, passionate, and obsessive about ideas. Clarke’s passions would create many enemies in an up-and-down political career. He was born in Mississippi in 1854. He briefly edited a newspaper before earning a …

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  • Why doing the right thing makes you money, if you go first

    CVS kicked the cigarette habit in October 2014. They were generating $2 billion in revenue annually selling tobacco. But they quit, cold turkey. They gave up $2 billion a year because selling tobacco was out of alignment with their true purpose. The announcement read: “Ending …

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  • The real meaning of the 1914 Christmas truce

    One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War I trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a merry Christmas. What we remember now as …

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  • Dealing with post-holiday e-waste

    Finding the perfect Christmas gift for many people this year will mean buying new electronics, which includes televisions and other video equipment, computers, assorted computer accessories, audio equipment and mobile phones. Those who receive these gifts will be responsible for properly disposing of their outdated …

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  • Some near-sure bets for new year

    Sure, we humans like to think of a new year as a blank slate; but deep down we know that history repeats itself. We know that along with the unexpected revelations and unpredictable fads, 2015 will bring us more NFL rap sheets, Facebook privacy settings …

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  • Arkansan Dee Brown earned fame from writing

    Dorris Alexander Brown, known as “Dee” to his friends, grew up surrounded by adventure, tragedy and incredible tales. Coming from such a background, it was natural that he would become a renowned storyteller in his own right. As the author of 42 history books and …

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