• Justifying what we put in daughter’s sippy cup

    Got Coke? Sure, we have it in our house — and lots of it, usually. I may as well admit it: Gary and I are as addicted to sodas as Charlie Sheen is to … well, you know. Overall in my life, I have probably …

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  • Old Man Winter making an old woman outta me

    Old Man Winter is making an old woman out of me. If messing up schedules, making it so it’s best just to stay home (unless you have to work) and causing trouble for emergency personnel weren’t reason enough, it’s also aging me more quickly than …

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  • No snow days in the newspaper business

    While some people curled up on their couches and enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, many of us here at the paper were at work and yes — I was jealous. Like most companies when the bad weather hits, some Guard employees can’t …

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  • Ancient cranial surgery amazes

    New articles in science and medical publications are making noise about ancient cranial surgery that took place 1,000 years ago in Inca, Maya, Aztec and other Mesoamerican indigenous cultures. However, the writers or publishers of these articles seem to be missing what my previous research …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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  • Lessons from Blue Suede the fish (Part 2)

    What a few weeks it’s been. My last column had me sharing the woes of a sick betta fish and how I felt incompetent to care for a creature that turns out to be more than what is advertised in the pictures on the tiny …

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  • Unionize college athletics — pay them based on academics

    We love our sports — whether peewee basketball, Little League baseball, college football or the Olympics, somewhere at any given time there is a sporting match or game being played, broadcasted or reported on somewhere. And if we’re not participating, we still enjoy spectating. But …

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  • Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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  • Using crosscut saws to cut firewood, other cold weather tales

    All of the recent cold — or what we consider cold — weather brought back memories of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell. The winter of 1917, for instance, the women in the John “Babe” Martin residence near Poke Bayou 10 miles west …

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  • Meet the employees of the future: Robots

    As if the competition for jobs weren’t bad enough, one author claims many jobs will be lost in the future to robots. Ben Way, author of “Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots Will Replace Them,” said recently in an interview with www.dailymail.co.uk, …

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  • Story about origin of ‘Taps’ is false

    Those who rewrite history must think it needs the help to make it more interesting. But it doesn’t — history is quite fascinating just as it actually happened. A myth is going around the web about the origin of “Taps,” the hauntingly beautiful bugle piece …

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  • Invasion of the parent snatchers

    My parents have been replaced by pod people. That, or Stepford parents. They have become unrecognizable to me as the parents I had a child. Gone are the stern disciplinarians that ferreted out spankings and groundings for various infractions. Now, they are all about spoiling …

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