• 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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  • Preparing for storm, boredom

    It’s been on my mind recently how we as a society could be thrown back into the 1900s by just one major event and with the threat of a winter storm threatening power lines this weekend, it may come sooner than I think. Although I …

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  • Teen’s Civil War saga continues

    It has been said that the U.S. Civil War was “a rich man’s war but a poor man’s fight.” All wars may fit that statement just as well, but it seems particularly apt when applied to the War Between the States. My Nov. 21 column …

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  • Death by cows

    There are only five reasons that can be listed as a cause of death, but I want an exception made for my Dad: Death by cows. They are going to be the end of him, one way or another. His latest escapade happened the day …

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  • Calling all ‘bomb shelters’

    “The home comes with a ‘bomb shelter.’” Wouldn’t that be a neat real estate ad to come across? For one homeowner in Texas that’s what he got when he opened the shelter for the first time since 1961, the last time the heavy metal door …

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  • Grandparenting: When all the rules change

    I’ve always heard people say they didn’t think they could love anyone more than their children until they had grandchildren and I would have to agree. The minute I had a child I took a backseat with my parents and that was totally OK by …

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