• Graduations always make me cry

    Was I the only preschooler who had to wear a cap and gown for graduation? Do preschoolers have graduation anymore? In recent weeks I’ve heard and seen (on Facebook) where some parents are shocked to find their children are being asked to wear the attire, …

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  • Who knew? Learning can be fun

    Lately, all I seem to do is read, which is very strange for me. I’ve never liked to read. As a matter of fact when I wrote my first book, I asked my colleagues to write a comment about me that I could put in …

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  • Pleasant Plains was on Southwest Trail

    When you stop and think about it, you realize that 1970 was 44 years ago. We should all be grateful for the charter members and following members and writers of articles and furnshers of photos for the local historical society’s publication, the Independence County Chronicle. …

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  • 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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