• Why there’s lots to celebrate this Thanksgiving

    Sure, the country isn’t doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. I sit at the “big people’s table” now, just to the left of my father. It took me years to earn that coveted …

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  • Let’s buy the kids a Ferrari

    A while back I read a story making news all over the state about the unfortunate 9-year-old who was robbed of his iPhone at the school bus stop, by someone who threatened him with a box cutter if he didn’t hand it over. How scary …

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  • 8-year-old reminds dad of blessings

    The American Thanksgiving holiday has a rich and storied history full of lessons reminding us to give thanks for our many blessings. In school, we learn the story of a gathering between the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621, where both sides came together …

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  • Making the argument for giving thanks

    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called a nation divided by war to join together in a time of corporate thanksgiving and repentance when he proclaimed that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to …

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  • Holiday goes to the dogs

    In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy. Turpy provided the column that follows: Hi! Over the river and …

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  • Dutch Queen, Wilhelmina, never came to Ark.

    When the railroad was constructed from Fort Smith to Texarkana during the 1890s, officials sought to increase passenger traffic by building a resort on the state’s second highest peak, near present-day Mena. Due to the fact that Dutch investors had banked heavily on the railway, …

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  • The ’50s ended on November 22, 1963

    We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one 10-year period usually spill over into the next. The 1929 Wall Street crash would not be fully …

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  • Reporting JFK’s death: 50 years of facts, conspiracy theories

    The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is also a stark and sober reminder of journalism as some call it: “the first draft of history.” From the time that three shots were fired in Dallas at the presidential …

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  • Get real about Santa

    I have to admit it sorta makes me angry when Christmas commercials start playing on the TV before Halloween is even over. It also irritates me to walk into a store the day after Halloween and see Christmas decorations. Yes, I love the whole “Christmas …

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  • Oil production on the rise, while gas prices go down

    The United States petroleum industry pumped an average of 7.7 million gallons of oil per day out of wells in the U.S. That’s big news, since October 2013 is the first month since 1995 when the United States has produced more oil than it imported. …

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  • I can almost smell that turkey

    Well, we have made it past the annual ritual of candy distribution and costumes and now we are on the way to turkey with all engines full speed ahead. I can already smell the stuffing cooking in the stove, its aroma of sage floating through …

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  • Remembering Kennedy

    Few events in American history have brought more grief and sorrow than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was reading about the death of a …

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