• 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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  • Should we care if pigs are smarter than dogs?

    My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom “Green Acres,” which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters. So I couldn’t resist the recent Associated Press headline “Pigs Smart As Dogs? Activists Pose The Question.” The article is …

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  • How to help fast-food workers

    Doubling the minimum wage may seem like a good way to help fast-food workers, but it would hurt them instead. So what should we do? We must sweep away the government-created barriers to income earning, barriers that protect established businesses from competition and rob the …

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  • Make it fun!: Feeding the squeamish

    One of my adult relatives who shall remain nameless has SES (Squeamish Eater Syndrome). I love her in spite of her affliction. As a mother, I’m familiar with squeamish eaters. Out of my three kids, only one was a real squeamer, Joanna. The list of …

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  • We the public are paying for inmate luxuries

    A few days ago I watched a news story on a local station that stated out of the 75 county jails in Arkansas, all of them agree their biggest cost is health care for inmates. Just the Pulaski County Detention Center, which currently houses 1,000 …

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  • Sales tax holiday is coming; take the chance

    If you’re in the position to get back-to-school shopping done — or even if you just need some stuff — this weekend could save you some money. The state Legislature approved Act 757 of 2011, which created the “sales tax holiday.” It was intended to …

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