• Are we becoming who and what we hate?

    Are we becoming who and what we hate? When I first came to work at the Guard one of my primary responsibilities was to fill inside pages with national and international news. With little knowledge or much real interest about international affairs, I became obsessed …

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  • Find your place in the world

    Graduation is here and with it comes a mixture of feelings, from relief to disbelief with some excitement and apprehension often thrown in. Some graduates are looking forward to starting college, while others may be thinking about job hunting. It has come up in conversation …

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  • Breaking up is hard to do

    I think it’s time to call it quits. For eight years you’ve taken and taken and I’ve let you. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. You’ve held my attention, made me laugh and smile. You’ve been there to give me what I want, when …

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  • Confessions of a budding couponaholic

    I think I’m finally getting the hang of couponing. It’s been a couple of months since I started couponing and the good news is that it does get easier and I seem to be getting things cheaper. The bad news — it’s becoming an addiction. …

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  • Happy to be kinfolks

    At a homecoming at a country church near Cave City on Sunday, I found I am kin to more people than I knew about. And I am glad I am. Growing up, I always knew the Horn family were friends, but I never knew they …

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  • Crossing musical genres

    Sometime ago, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of “The Essential Earl Thomas Conley” with the country singer’s biggest and best hits. And while Bon Jovi will always hold a spot of honor at the top of my playlist, these days I listen to a …

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  • Back on the (walking) trail again

    For more than a week now, Luke and I have laced up our walking shoes and hit the road — make that Batesville’s Greenway Trail. And when we have missed a day, boy do I feel it. We both know our bodies need the exercise …

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  • Presidents spend millions of taxpayer dollars for vacations

    While the working class in America is slaving away every day waiting for that precious week of vacation that many will end up putting on a credit card, our presidents are spending millions of our tax dollars on their vacations. Earlier this week, Freedom of …

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  • ‘Tell Them They Lie’

    Two years after I became aware of it, I read the Traveller Bird book “Tell Them They Lie: The Sequoyah Myth.” What I learned centered mostly on the history of the Cherokee people and that apparently not much is really known about Sequoyah. History tells …

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  • Sunshine after the storm

    There’s something about the worst of times that can bring out the best in people. After the danger had passed and we began learning of the devastating losses in Vilonia, Mayflower and other communities in the state, it didn’t take long for Arkansans to mobilize …

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  • Lights, camera, action: Guard reporter turns movie extra in Elvis short film

    I’ve often daydreamed about what it might have been like to be a classmate of Elvis Presley’s, a 1953 graduate of Humes High School in Memphis. A few weeks ago I got to pretend. Movies filmed in Memphis are some of my favorites because usually …

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  • Private study: U.S. helped arm al-Qaida

    The last time I checked al-Qaida was our enemy. You know, the ones we were told were behind 9/11?  So why in the world would our government take our tax dollars to purchase guns that they knew were going into the hands of al-Qaida? Worse …

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