• Another year, another roller coaster

    Finally, it’s the last day of 2013. It doesn’t seem like 365 days have passed since we were saying goodbye to 2012. As always, there were highs — Kaylee’s first birthday, Gary getting a new truck, Kaylee’s first trip to the beach, lots of Kaylee …

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  • Life’s lessons can come from simple wishes

    Life’s lessons can come from simple wishes It really is about the little things in life. Like wanting to hear Christmas carolers one last time. Such a simple request from a little girl fighting for her life who was told last week she might only …

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  • Alligators, crocs use tools

    What will alligators and crocodiles think of next? Earlier this month, several reputable news sources reported that alligators and crocs use tools to lure birds close enough to catch and eat. What are these tools? They are sticks and twigs, which the beasts manage to …

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  • Delilah to the rescue

    My daughter Shay has two dogs, Ambro and Delilah, both little prissy house dogs. Ambro is a Malitpoo and Delilah is a small Yorkie but when she thinks someone is trying to hurt one of us, she turns into a pitbull. We watch the dogs …

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  • ‘Santa’ came riding on the City of New Orleans

    When Santa Claus came to town on the City of New Orleans, it was a big deal — a ride in a convertible, a police escort (either for him or the big loot he carried) as throngs of people, mostly children with some hoisted on …

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  • Read it for yourself

    I recently took some of my vacation days, and I had the best time and it didn’t cost me a dime. I went to the beginning of time to the end of days. I journeyed to the Middle East and never left my house. I …

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  • Confederate soldier James H. Campbell Teen’s war gets more difficult

    After the Poison Springs and Saline River battles in the spring of 1864, Civil War teen James H. Campbell with the Confederate Army (see Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 columns), was sent to south Arkansas on outpost duty to allow his battalion to rest their …

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  • Finding Santa’s loot

    Maybe it’s because I’m the oldest child, and my parents had plenty of time to read to me as a baby and toddler. Maybe it was just a personality trait I was born with or inherited. Maybe it was something else, but I’ve always had …

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  • Dipping into the cold cream at 30

    Since turning 30 a little more than two weeks ago, I’ve managed to go with my shoelaces untied after stepping on them (during the winter storm no less). My wardrobe still looks as it did a decade ago and my hair is just as unmanageable. …

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  • Fake it till you get caught

    How do you get into the biggest event of the year, stand beside the most famous people in the world and have your face televised all over the world? Pretend you know how to do sign language. Standing beside the speakers at the recent funeral …

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  • The perfect tree (for Little Miss ‘No-No’ to redecorate, that is)

    After a fun and busy Thanksgiving holiday, during which we all ate too much and spent too much, we came home and did the thing we’d been dreading — put up the Christmas tree. With Kaylee in full view of everything. Helping. And then helping …

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  • Memphis’ ‘Grotto’ designed by ‘Old Mill’ sculptor

    I couldn’t help but feel as though I needed to pay admission as we entered the beautiful rock cavern covered in quartz located between the picturesque swampy pond and other landscape. It looked more like a park and I couldn’t help but think what a …

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