• Welcome to ‘The End of the Road’

    The folksy voice has become familiar over the years and I sometimes wondered where Motel 6 found its spokesman, Tom Bodett. But I had never thought about the rest of Bodett’s life until I found a book, “The End of the Road (The story of …

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  • Could go for more fun in the sun

    A little fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered. My dad is apparently a glutton for punishment — why else would he agree to a trip to Florida with all three of his kids and their families? He and my stepmom went …

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  • Beauty in the breaking – A longing to feel

    I have no personal connection to the photo I’ve had as my wallpaper on my work computer’s desktop for a little over two weeks. I don’t know the subject. I don’t know the photographer. I only know its background from what I’ve read. All I …

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  • Take back your right of way

    Quite often I have to cross at the intersection of St. Louis and College (the four way stoplight in front of Kroger) and after two years I still don’t know who has the right of way. If I’m coming from the Kroger side and turning …

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  • Family had more than one famous writer

    Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the celebrated writer of the “Little House” series of children’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was quite the writer herself and these days Lane’s books are overlooked. Perhaps that is about to change, as some of them are being republished and …

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  • In the beginning …

    My first real look at Horseshoe Bend was in a 1969 Camaro with someone I was totally smitten with at the time. I still recall standing on Turkey Mountain and looking at the beautiful golf course and picturesque homes below. The Camaro and father of …

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  • Pajama races were just reverse psychology

    Tricky, tricky Mom. As a kid I thought it was a fun game, but now that I’m older I know it was just a way for Mom to get me ready for bed without my realizing it. Like a bullet shot from a gun, I …

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  • Daughter re-entering the nest

    It’s been nearly eight years since my oldest daughter left home. Now 25 years old and after seeing the world, she has decided it’s time to come home. Shay joined the Navy right out of high school and after serving four years has been going …

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  • Independence County meteorite became famous

    One of the most studied meteorites in the world was found by two young guys and a boy about the last of June in 1884 on Joe Wright Mountain about six miles (some sources say seven) miles east of Batesville and about three miles southwest …

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  • Mmm, those Cave City melons

    OK, I finally had my first Cave City cantaloupe and watermelon of the year — and yes, they were worth waiting a year for. The Cave City melons and lopes, as they’re called in southern Sharp County, are a delicacy that my family cannot do …

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  • A summer to always remember

    You would have never found me hiking a several-hundred-foot bluff, spending several hours out on a boat collecting samples of water, examining their contents and brainstorming what could be built to generate oxygen flow, but that summer was different. Looking over that acceptance letter that …

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  • Clueless in Atlanta

    There’s always someone in our lives who pushes us along and makes us get out of our comfort zone. For me that person is my cousin Joyce Powell. I call her by her nickname — Pixie. She is one of the strongest, bravest women I …

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