• Berry pickin’ time

    As the sun barely peaked over the Gravelly Spur, Grandma Kitty walked from the spring with a pail of milk. They kept milk and cheese in the cold waters of Frogleg Creek to keep them cold. As she walked towards the porch and the sun’s …

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  • Catholic school incisive, not divisive

    I don’t know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking in Northern Ireland last week, he said Catholic schools are divisive: “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear …

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  • An E-Z fix

    My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks’ money and giving it to the poor. Asked how this was being received, the man said, “I checked with the poor and they’re …

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  • Infrastructure success story

    The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere — road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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  • State Historical Society formed 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansawyers were busy trying to protect not only their homes and property from destruction by Confederate and Union armies, the citizens of the state were also trying to protect their history. This week in 1863, concerned citizens met in Little …

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  • Let’s have more wrist slap punishments

    I’m being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long. Pay attention to the news and you’ll be surprised at how many firings and forced resignations (in business and government) come …

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  • Stand still

    As I stood upon a chair hearing my friends play outside, I just knew that I was going to miss something. Every fall, I always knew that some of my time would be spent standing on a chair as my mother knelt with straight pins …

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  • A game you’d want to throw

    I turned on the History Channel last night just in time to catch the last little bit of a show on Chichen Itza. I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a show on television about a place you’ve actually seen in person. …

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  • Ban on gruesome images threatens free speech

    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good. On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome …

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  • ‘A little lemonade goes a long way’

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb … and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)   The above scripture verse came to mind when we read the latest Westboro Baptist Church-related story out of Topeka, Kan. The story came about when 5-year-old …

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  • Freedom of too much information

    We are all celebrities now. Ever since we won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, the same year we first found out about the National Security Administration spying on us, we’ve all become essentially public figures. It’s the new equality: We are all …

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