• Beware the button battery: Tiny discs can lead to big-time health scare

    Parents sometimes dismiss the occasional swallowed item as a rite of “passage” in young kids. They often assume that the ingested object will indeed pass through, and they’ll see it again at a diaper change. While this may be true with some items like coins, …

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  • Equations of Christmas: What does ‘X’ really mean?

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas. I recall various memories of Christmas past: cramming scores of beloved aunts, uncles and cousins into small houses, …

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  • Major League success: Brooks Robinson Jr.

    It was an incredible career in baseball, and it all started in Arkansas. Starting from modest roots in Little Rock, Brooks Robinson Jr. would build one of the most successful careers in baseball history. Born in 1937 to a firefighter and semi-professional baseball player, Brooks …

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  • The Scarlet Hashtag – Adultery goes high-tech

    Cheaters never prosper, but facilitators of cheaters laugh all the way to the bank. I hesitated to write about this, because I didn’t want to provide free publicity — but since the subject has already been publicized via “Dr. Phil,” “The View” and “Time” magazine …

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  • Through the Looking Glass

    What compromises must we make when it comes to our security vs. our privacy? Personally, I’m far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google. According to the latest headlines, the NSA is gathering …

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  • Why your son-in-law will see you naked, and 2 other life truths

    It’s funny, you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you. As I contemplate my life, the part so far, and the part yet to come, here are three …

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  • Counting down the days to the end of mutton chops

    When my daughters wanted to try out for the local production of “A Christmas Carol,” I joined them for some father-daughter time. At the auditions, organizers asked what part we would consider. I said that I’d be happy with no part at all and could …

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  • John Grisham, Arkansas native

    Perhaps best known for the thrilling Hollywood movies made from his bestselling novels, John Grisham was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Jonesboro. His parents, John and Wanda (Skidmore) Grisham, were helping on the family cotton farm near Black Oak, in eastern Craighead County, at the …

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  • Union Army scouting southwest Arkansas for enemy

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army was scouting southwest Arkansas for any sign of the enemy. In his report to the headquarters of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (US), Col. James M. Johnson concentrated his intelligence gathering in the neighborhood of Arkadelphia, Okalona and …

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  • When strengths become weaknesses

    I like to talk. A lot. My talkativeness has won me business, forged friendships, and been the bedrock of my career. My talkativeness has also made me overbearing, ruined relationships, and been my Achilles heel in almost every role I’ve played. As with most people, …

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  • Flying Fido

    Recently there seems to be a lot on the news about airlines, like the man in the wheelchair who to had to crawl down the aisle because the plane couldn’t accommodate him. Or the lady on Thanksgiving Day who threw the big fit because the …

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  • Jimmy Driftwood wrote songs for history students

    The Ozark Mountains region has produced many talented and celebrated musicians over the last several decades. Perhaps one of the most clever was Arkansas’ own Jimmy Driftwood. Born James Morris in Stone County in 1907, he grew up with modest means in a farming family …

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