• Doctor cures cancer and nearly loses his license for it

    Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is a biochemist and a physician in Houston who is curing cancer but nearly lost his medical license for it. Burzynski found that peptides from blood and urine could be used to treat cancer patients and was doing so with good results …

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  • Authentic Norse sites found

    Well, those who write history have pulled these kind of shenanigans before, so this latest is not particularly surprising, but it does seem like these people would catch on that in the days of the Internet, their unscrupulous actions will bring condemnation and scorn upon …

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  • Seeing Cookie Monster in person

    There are few songs that will transport me back to childhood like the “Sesame Street” theme. I may live to be 100 and may not ever forget “Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell …

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  • Amtrak’s writer residency a chance for creativity

    Well, it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching a midnight train headed for some direction I’ve never been (or have), writing about whatever comes to mind, but at least Amtrak was kind enough to let me know.  Earlier this year, thanks to a tip from …

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  • Few people know about this major health problem

    It’s called one of the biggest worldwide health problems of today and strangely few people even know about it. Iodine deficiency. That’s right, the stuff that’s in iodized salt has been disappearing from our diets. So what is iodine and what does it do? Iodine …

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  • Ishi, last of his kind

    On Aug. 29, 1911, dogs began barking at a slaughterhouse two or three miles outside of Oroville, California, a town of some 3,800 people at the time. That’s about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. The dogs barked so furiously that a few sleepy butchers came …

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  • I’ll sleep when I’m dead

    I think Gary and I are still recuperating from Kaylee’s big birthday bash a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if she’s ever had as much fun as she did that whole weekend. We started things out Friday with spending the night at Pa and …

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  • Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz: Just like Dad

    I may be too young to remember “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” but I’m no stranger to its relief and this I do feel too young for. It seems I can’t eat anything anymore without it giving me indigestion and while that may be too much …

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  • More activities for teens, please

    Kids look forward to summer break all year but it doesn’t take long for them to start complaining, “I’m bored.” Mine has already said it twice. I don’t want my child to sit around all summer watching TV and snacking so even before school got …

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  • Mystery of the towers

    As a young teen, I read quite a few Joseph A. Altsheler books, one of which was called “Apache Gold.” In it, these guys in the book were prospecting way back in the southwest in the Gallina Canyon area of New Mexico and found interesting …

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  • Admiration for Cleburne County’s library, leadership

    Sometimes all it takes is a spark to create a wildfire. That’s what it seemed like has happened with one of our neighboring communities, Cleburne County. Last Wednesday, I got to see the fruits of their labor, and what a beautiful site it was: The …

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  • How to live with your parents: Keep that sense of humor

    Hey, young adults, living at home with Mom and Dad isn’t the end of the world — if you follow the right advice. As it goes, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail, nearly 30 percent of adults under age 35 are living at home with their …

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