• Virtue, vice at the ballpark

    If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation. —James Madison   This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while I complain not about the Pirates but a certain element of Pirates fans. This “element” is …

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  • Lindbergh’s first night flight

    A small monument off Highway 159, near Lake Village in extreme southeast Arkansas, marks the site of Lindbergh’s very first flight in darkness. It happened just four years before his historic non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. In 1923, Lindbergh was a young unknown airmail …

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  • How to handle disagreements in the workplace

    Disagreements are part of any relationship and, for most of us, our jobs are as much a relationship as our marriages, family and friendships. In fact, you probably spend more waking hours each week in your work relationship than you do in any other relationship. …

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  • Millenials, baby boomers differ on AM radio

    I don’t think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique. I have priceless memories of the early morning drive to college, listening to bluegrass music on “clear channel 650-WSM, the Air Castle of the South.” But 30-plus years later, I find myself habitually relying …

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  • For all of those who make us what we are

    I hadn’t thought too much about it until that day. I guess because in my junior and senior years of high school, I won honors in football, wrestling and track. I don’t mention this to brag, but rather show what might happen when we are …

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  • A New Yorker’s view of gun control

    During my last visit to New York City, I stumbled into an unexpected discussion about its restrictive gun polices. The discussion occurred after I ducked into a coffee shop. The place was empty except for three transit employees. “I don’t know why the kid shot …

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  • Learn to use your school counselor

    As the new school year gets under way, your school age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school’s classroom teachers, there’s an important resource that too many parents simply …

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  • MacArthur Museum site dates to 1840

    Better known as the Museum of History, the Little Rock Arsenal building was erected in 1840 and was once part of a large military installation south of the old downtown business district. It became the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in 2001. Although some …

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  • The free speech of bloggers

    Ever since the first blog was posted in 1998, chronicling the aftermath of a hurricane, a lot of us have wondered if the surge of people writing about their children, their hobbies and the ups and downs of life was a good idea or a …

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  • Gaining strength to endure

    I had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago. Usually a person needs a knee replacement when they are getting old and their body is wearing out, but mine was due to a major athletic accident 30 years ago. When I got my tonsils …

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  • Some headlines are 50 shades of stupid

    Sometimes I turn on the television or open up my laptop and I can’t believe the so-called news that is actually making headlines. Things are going on in our world these days that should be at the forefront of all the news. Namely the situation …

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  • Federal occupation was ‘imminent’

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansas was defending itself from an imminent Federal occupation. As the Confederate forces routed the Federals at the Battle of Bayoe Meto (Reed’s Bridge) near the present city of Jacksonville on Aug. 27, Gen. Steele was preparing his force of …

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