• Take action to get what you want

    Most of us have times when we realize our lives aren’t turning out the way we once dreamed. We may feel “stuck,” or resigned to our current situation, surrendering our optimistic visions to the realities of our lives. But rather than complaining about what hasn’t …

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  • Donald Trump and Miley Cyrus: Separated at birth?

    What do millionaire Donald Trump and recording star-actress Miley Cyrus have in common? Both got headlines and are probably smiling right now. Because they how to push a common button. Trump is the millionaire, television celebrity and birther-in-chief who has proven that in America any …

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  • Capitol site was once a prison

    The history of the state’s centralized penitentiary dates to 1838, when the Legislature approved laws creating the construction. Some 92 forested acres were purchased about one mile west of Little Rock’s city limits and construction started on a state prison in 1839. Built to house …

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  • America’s bucket list

    Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation. Someone is always predicting that …

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  • Lee Harvey Oswald and Jesus

    I have a question for the readers out there and it’s really quite simple: Do you read? Or maybe I should be asking CAN you read? You may be wondering why this question has come up so I’ll share this little story with you. Over …

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  • Teens’ heinous crimes raise questions about welfare benefits

    On one of FOX’s top rated cable shows, “The Five,” Dana Perino opined teenage criminals like those most recently making headlines for murdering others for “fun” might be deterred by threatening to take away government benefits from their immediate families. Take the three teens in …

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  • Boomers, beware when caring for dying parents

    A legal ruling emerging last week from a storefront courtroom in rural Pottsville, Penn., could impact tens of millions of baby boomers nationwide caring for their aging and dying parents. This relatively obscure court’s decision could chill good end-of-life medical care and diminish legal options …

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  • Victory was short-lived

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate and Union armies clashed for the first time in battle since the Confederate atempt to retake Helena. Following Gen.Pemberton’s surrender to General Grant at Vicksburg, the tide of war turned in favor of the Union, releasing tens of thousands …

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  • MLK and the Declaration of Independence

    Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the …

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  • State’s first manufacturers were salt, grist mills

    The simple but important acts of processing salt and grinding corm into meal are classified as Arkansas’ first manufacturing jobs. When explorers William Dunbar and George Hunter followed the Ouachita River and tested the “hot springs” in 1804, they examined a salt pit along the …

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  • Some folks are killing themselves with exercise

    You’ve probably never heard of bigorexia; but according to CBS New York, it’s a growing health hazard, affecting as many as 45 percent of men at some point in their lives. Bigorexia (or muscle dysmorphia or Adonis syndrome) occurs in men who possess an unshakable …

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  • Movie should just be called ‘The Butler from Another Planet’

    There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, …

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