• Acting on some good intentions

    My dad used to say that good intentions are never enough; they must be acted upon. Still, I find myself too often with good intentions which I don’t follow through on. That was what was happening that holiday season. I was busy with preparation for …

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  • Deep in the bowels of password hell

    As the new year approaches, many of us in the brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts encouraging us Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear …

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  • Powerful Christmas lesson

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.   The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace. The impact of …

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  • Powhatan’s swinging bridge was razed in 1952

    Built in 1925-26, the “swinging bridge” at Powhatan really did swing! As a youngster, I traveled across the bridge several times in my folks’ 1940 Ford Tudor. We were on our way to and from the Delta cotton fields from our home, located between Sidney …

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  • Maya Angelou overcame much

    No one would have imagined what would become of the small, 3-year-old girl when she arrived in Arkansas in 1931. Today, she is recognized around the world as one of the most acclaimed writers of modern times. Maya Angelou overcame a life of poverty, racism …

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  • The true meaning of community

    During the recent storm, our home and property like everyone’s in the area was covered with snow and ice. That also included the outside work storage and shop building that we use for our business and where our truck was stored to keep it protected …

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  • Minimum wage hammers youth

    With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief …

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  • Paying it forward

    There’s nothing like the holiday season to make you really appreciate the blessings you have in life and to also make you think about those less fortunate. As Americans we hear all the time about starving people in other countries. Images of hungry, malnourished children …

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  • Christmas is a time for presence

    I remember having my nose pressed squarely against the window. It was cold outside and frost had formed around the edges of the panes near the white wooden stiles separating each of the three windows in the living room into six sections. I was watching …

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  • Money belongs to us, not workers

    The audacity that public servants believe they can use the public’s money for their own personal use without repercussions continues to amaze us. We live in a day where anyone can be involved in electronic eavesdropping, whistleblowing, social media warfare, Freedom of Information investigations, and …

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  • Son’s first Christmas

    My son Gideon turned 9 months old on Dec. 6. We didn’t get to dwell on that milestone because he’s already in high gear for his first Christmas. I know it’s a cliche, but having a child around the house (after 13 years of a …

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  • Do you hear what I hear?

    It was 73 and sunny, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the “holiday spirit.” Then he played “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry — a song …

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