• We’re Steele friends

    We’re Steele friends. I’ve been so blessed with an array of friends who come from all walks of life. I’ve fought for more than one when they were down and I can’t tell you how many have come to my rescue when I’ve needed them. …

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  • Attacks on Christians

    There’s a disturbing trend happening in America: Christians are coming under attack for their religious beliefs. That’s right — in America. Once considered the moral standard, Christianity is now being called oppressive and intolerant to certain groups of people. It has seemed to come to …

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  • Adventurer gave details about Arkansas backwoods

    When young German adventurer Friedrich Gerstacker visited Arkansas between 1837 and 1843, he came through Oil Trough and Batesville during some real happening times. He marveled at the immense canebrakes in the Oil Trough bottoms, which were full of bears, and enjoyed bear hunting. Not …

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  • Can’t wait for spring

    Punxsutawney Phil appears to be right, in that we are not done with winter yet. Or rather, winter is not done with us. As we do every year, my friend Mary Jo Shivey and I went to Little Rock last weekend for the Arkansas Flower …

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  • Practical gifts and life’s lessons

    I felt like the luckiest gal in the world Valentine’s Day and it had nothing to do with roses and chocolate, but rather a new mop and vacuum cleaner. Since moving into my first place last year there are things I bought that I certainly …

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  • It’s TV that watches you

    Not to make anyone paranoid or anything, but your smart TV could be watching you. Last November, UK-based IT consultant Jason Huntley uncovered his LG Smart TV in his livingroom was spying on him and his family, according to an article on www.dailymail.co.uk. It was …

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  • Young American teaches newcomers in the 1830s

    Freda Cruse Hardison’s recent column about Arkansas once being considered not just the West, but the “Far West,” reminded me of the books young German traveler Friedrich Gerstacker’s adventures here between 1838-1842 which he later titled “Shooting Sports in the Far West.” And the Far …

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  • No longer lost

    Sometimes, things that are lost have a funny way of making their way back to us. That was the case last week when my cousin’s wife posted a picture of a silver pocketknife engraved with the names of my dad and uncle and nine of …

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  • Downtown excitement

    While I know it’s my job to be unbiased in the business I’m in, personally, I can’t help but be a little excited about the future of downtown Batesville following the recent visit by consultant Dan Burden, who was hired by Main Street Batesville to …

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  • Reality: What happens in real life

    For those who are sick of television and all its fake reality shows may I suggest PBS. That’s right, the Public Broadcasting Service. Either I’ve just grown to appreciate it or its programming has gotten a whole lot better. I’ve become fascinated with its Frontline …

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  • When the wagon was new, and the crow could talk

    My recent column about my great-grandmother Mary Russ Martin and her daughter, my grandmother-to-be Myrtle Martin Farrier, who lived along Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City drew several comments from readers. The column was about conditions, and the family’s coping with conditions, during …

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  • Trying to get the hang of positive thinking

    Dear February: I am still trying to get the hang of this New Year’s resolution business. After years of failing I’ve learned to shy away from the notion that I will be umpteen sizes smaller or that my bank account will expand overnight (it’s usually …

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