• What is with those childless couples, anyway?

    Whether you’re arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 edition of Time magazine: “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.” The article …

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  • First Hot Springs expedition

    A few months after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on their historic journey into the northern regions of the Louisiana Purchase, a lesser known adventure started up the Ouachita River into Arkansas. President Jefferson wanted to know what the nation’s $15 …

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  • The age(s) of happiness

    Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69. So says a study by the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper. The findings make …

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  • Family reunion calamity

    It was family reunion time, and my brother brought his two canoes. Several family members wanted to go — including my littlest girls, 5-year-old Elliana and 7-year-old Heather. Patience is not a virtue that graces youth, and their excitement drove them to a million questions. …

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  • Ignorance is no excuse

    So the latest craze spreading like wildfire over Facebook is the recent story of the 18-year-old in Jonesboro who was arrested because a “joke” went bad. Apparently, this highly intelligent kid (insert sarcasm here) thought it’d be great fun to duct-tape a bunch of kids …

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  • Eat all the dessert you want and not gain weight

    Have you ever had a sugar plum? I haven’t either, but I wanted to know what one was, so I Googled, “what is a sugar plum?” and found out it’s actually dried plum in a hard candy shell; probably something like an M & M …

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  • Could I borrow a cup of chiggers?

    That may sound like a strange question but after you already have a whole hoard move in on you, what’s a few more? It is the time of year that many of us find them, or do they find us. I had a number of …

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  • News of the day keeps us tethered

    I am over my worry allotment for this month. It’s not without some good justifications. My mother, Tina, died suddenly at the age of 86 in April and just like that all of the older generation that I knew is gone. Feeling out of kilter …

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  • When the Japanese attacked Old Joe, Arkansas

    Editor’s note: Emmit Acklin read the following at the Twin Lakes Writers Club several years ago.   It must have been in late 1943 when my folks stopped one day at the Old Joe country store and Post Office operated by Winfred and Mary Benbrook. …

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  • Pervs, fiends and New York’s newspapers

    The creeps who edit New York’s Daily News and Post are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading. More worrisome: as journalism’s bottom feeders …

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  • Towns on White River evacuated ahead of Union’s approach

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal forces in Arkansas had their sights set on Little Rock. With a supply route extending from Helena, a Little Rock campaign was now conceivable and was seriously considered in early August 1863. Brigadier-General Davidson, who was placed in …

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  • Rolling stores were once common

    Until about 1960, it was not uncommon to see “grocery stores on wheels” traveling the gravel roads of Independence County and surrounding counties. They were bringing store goods to country folks who had no way to travel into town; or to housewives who liked the …

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