• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Riders in the Sky – A cowboy adventure

    As I stood at the podium at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in Nashville, I anxiously searched for the right transitional words to introduce one of my favorite groups — The Riders in the Sky. I have always admired western music, from …

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  • 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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  • 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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