• You did this, Bill Cosby

    Rape. My favorite Bill Cosby comedy routine was a tie between “Go Carts” and “Chicken Heart” from his 1960’s album, “Wonderfulness.” At least 15 rapes. I have found friends and acquaintances throughout the years who shared a love for this man, whom we all saw …

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  • Buffalo Soldiers used beyond Civil War

    While driving down the road this summer, stereo blasting, I was delighted to see my grandson, Denali, singing Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldiers.” I wondered if he understood the significance of what Marley was talking about or if he was just into the wonderful sounds Marley …

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  • Sound off: Product recalls are a serious business

    “I’ve gotta get it right the first time. That’s the main thing. I can’t afford to let it pass.” — Billy Joel. “Graco recalls almost 5 million strollers in the U.S. due to fingertip amputation hazard.” “Craigslist founder dodges questions on recall policy.” “Safety agency …

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  • Food for thought

    There’s nothing like a good dose of reality to make you really appreciate the blessings you have in life. I was grocery shopping for my family last weekend when I remembered I also had another family to do some shopping for. Each year, our church …

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  • Blindsighted by the future

    We’ll all have been there. Things are running smoothly, then whack, seemingly out of nowhere you get hit over the head. You lose your job, your competition takes away your best business or someone in your personal life drops a bomb on you. You never …

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  • Of love, gratitude for ‘Angel Amanda’

    Sally had been married for seven years, and all she wanted was to be a mother. Only a few months after she was married, she had prepared a nursery for the baby she dreamed of having. But the years passed, and no baby came. She …

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  • Being thankful

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and to give thanks for the many blessings we have. It means much more than eating a big turkey dinner and watching football all day. Although I realize my blessings now and I am very thankful, grateful and happy, …

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  • Pass the potatoes, civility

    Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com. It’s bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a conservative Republican. …

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  • Our Native American heritage

    Over the last few weeks, politics have dominated the news, overshadowing that November is Native American Heritage Month. Locally we have a rich Native American history. Most Arkansas history skims over our history with a paragraph here or there discussing the Osage claims to Arkansas …

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  • My mom’s success

    I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years. At least that’s how it seemed when her life was viewed in contrast with that of my …

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  • Thanksgiving offers time for gratitude

    I’ve never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. It’s not that I disapprove of those who do or that I don’t enjoy Christmastime. I’ve just always thought Thanksgiving has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye. And it goes well …

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  • My imperfect thanks

    Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars in the lottery and another …

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