• Downtown excitement

    While I know it’s my job to be unbiased in the business I’m in, personally, I can’t help but be a little excited about the future of downtown Batesville following the recent visit by consultant Dan Burden, who was hired by Main Street Batesville to …

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  • Reality: What happens in real life

    For those who are sick of television and all its fake reality shows may I suggest PBS. That’s right, the Public Broadcasting Service. Either I’ve just grown to appreciate it or its programming has gotten a whole lot better. I’ve become fascinated with its Frontline …

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  • When the wagon was new, and the crow could talk

    My recent column about my great-grandmother Mary Russ Martin and her daughter, my grandmother-to-be Myrtle Martin Farrier, who lived along Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City drew several comments from readers. The column was about conditions, and the family’s coping with conditions, during …

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  • Trying to get the hang of positive thinking

    Dear February: I am still trying to get the hang of this New Year’s resolution business. After years of failing I’ve learned to shy away from the notion that I will be umpteen sizes smaller or that my bank account will expand overnight (it’s usually …

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  • Justifying what we put in daughter’s sippy cup

    Got Coke? Sure, we have it in our house — and lots of it, usually. I may as well admit it: Gary and I are as addicted to sodas as Charlie Sheen is to … well, you know. Overall in my life, I have probably …

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  • Old Man Winter making an old woman outta me

    Old Man Winter is making an old woman out of me. If messing up schedules, making it so it’s best just to stay home (unless you have to work) and causing trouble for emergency personnel weren’t reason enough, it’s also aging me more quickly than …

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  • No snow days in the newspaper business

    While some people curled up on their couches and enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, many of us here at the paper were at work and yes — I was jealous. Like most companies when the bad weather hits, some Guard employees can’t …

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  • Ancient cranial surgery amazes

    New articles in science and medical publications are making noise about ancient cranial surgery that took place 1,000 years ago in Inca, Maya, Aztec and other Mesoamerican indigenous cultures. However, the writers or publishers of these articles seem to be missing what my previous research …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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  • Lessons from Blue Suede the fish (Part 2)

    What a few weeks it’s been. My last column had me sharing the woes of a sick betta fish and how I felt incompetent to care for a creature that turns out to be more than what is advertised in the pictures on the tiny …

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  • Unionize college athletics — pay them based on academics

    We love our sports — whether peewee basketball, Little League baseball, college football or the Olympics, somewhere at any given time there is a sporting match or game being played, broadcasted or reported on somewhere. And if we’re not participating, we still enjoy spectating. But …

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  • Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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