• Royal couple may be coming to Memphis

    Here come the duke and duchess. Well, maybe. Prince William and Princess Kate have been invited to a wedding in Memphis on May 3, according to reports. The London Sunday Times reports the royal couple along with Prince Harry will attend the ceremony of Memphis-born …

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  • Vatican on the forefront of astronomy

    The Vatican is searching for life on other planets from Arizona along with other countries including Germany who ironically named their telescope — Lucifer. In my never-ending quest for knowledge lately, I came across an article talking about the Vatican searching for extraterrestrials. There are …

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  • Thanks for the little while

    There’s not many people in this world who truly leave it a better place — but Matt Williams did. No question about it, he was one of the best people, best Christians, best friends, I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Matt grew up with …

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  • The sadness of a child

    Her eyes told more than I cared to know. Wise beyond their years, they knew too much. A child’s eyes should be filled with glee, wonderment and a sparkle. They shouldn’t have a care in the world, but hers did and it saddened mine. Maybe …

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  • Lesson from a wanna-be extreme couponer

    Every time we’ve watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, my 13-year-old daughter, Alexas, gets so excited and wants to learn how to do it. I’d like to know too. Who doesn’t want to get $800 worth of groceries for $5? But who has the …

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  • Death penalty debate is election fodder

    1935. Jan. 2: A lawman is shot and killed in Independence County. Jan. 4: The man wanted for murder is apprehended. Jan. 17: A grand jury is convened and hands down an indictment. Jan. 18: A jury is set and by early afternoon a guilty …

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  • ‘Glory days’ of the old Sandtown Store

    In one way, Mountain City, Nev., and Sandtown, Ark., could hardly seem farther apart. In another way, they seem mighty close. Reading the book, “Mountain City” (North Point Press, 2000) by Gregory Martin, about the dying mining town Mountain City brought back so many memories …

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  • Granddad’s birthday is something to celebrate

    My grandfather recently turned 85, and all the kids, grands and great-grandkids turned out for a big birthday party in Marked Tree a couple Sundays ago (minus one grandson who is currently living in Washington state). All Granddad had said he wanted for his birthday …

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  • Table gadget just another distraction?

    As if smartphones weren’t enough to distract us when sitting down for a meal with family and friends, some restaurants are now making sure of it. A visit to Chili’s in Jonesboro last week found us seated at our booth where next to the salt …

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  • ‘Powder and Hides’ writer impresses

    This writer is not obsessed with buffalo, really. Or bison, if you prefer the proper term for the American bison, just because I recently wrote a couple of columns about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and this column about one of my favorite novels centers around a …

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  • Cardinals, or ‘redbirds,’ bring hope, comfort

    I get so happy when I see a redbird outside. Their striking appearance has a way of attracting my attention even on the gloomiest of days. I associate them with my mom, who’s always loved birds, especially the cardinal, and as I get older I …

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  • Unplugging from technology

    I am seriously considering proposing to my family that there be at least one day out of the week where we as a family do not use any technology — where, when we come home from work and school, no one uses the phone, plays …

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