• Siri admits robots will take over the world

    My 14-year-old daughter, Alexas, got a new phone from her dad last weekend and downloaded a popular Android application known as Siri, a virtual assistant who interacts with users. After a bit of bantering between Siri and Alexas, Siri said what I already knew and …

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  • Finding things to be thankful for

    November is half over and with it, our first snow of the season (and first snow day from some area schools). I wrote last week about my dad’s birthday, which brought about some good memories for my brother and me (like Dad bragging his kid …

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  • Canceled show OK at 79

    Coming off a week-long promotional tour in New York City for a new book and album would leave me “Breathless” too, but for someone 49 years my senior, I don’t blame Jerry Lee Lewis for leaving fans “All Shook Up” when he decided to cancel …

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  • Man to be eaten alive by snake

    It’s official. People have lost their minds including one Mr. Paul Rosolie who is starring in a Discovery Channel special next month where he will be eaten alive by a giant anaconda snake. Rosolie, described as a snake researcher and conservationist, said he’s doing it …

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  • Winter offers good trout action, eats

    I like trout fishing; that’s mainly due to the fact I have better luck with trout than other species. I concentrate my efforts on the nearby Little Red River at Heber Springs because it’s close by and I have friends at Lindsey’s Resort, where I …

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  • Eat, Pray, Love change may be in order

    There was no gorging myself on Italian pizza, finding my spirituality in a foreign country or getting a divorce and a chestnut horse but about this time last year ago came the knowledge that an Eat, Pray, Love change was in order. Even with a …

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  • Dads know a lot but Pa’s know everything

    Dad. Daddy. Daddio. Pops. Padre. Father. Papa. Vader. Hey, you with the wallet. Over the years, whatever my siblings and I have called our dad, he has usually answered. And believe, as the father of three heathens, he has been called a lot (not all …

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  • Cop comes to motorist’s rescue

    A flat tire wasn’t on Elva Holder’s shopping list when she came to Batesville the day before Halloween, but she’s awfully glad help wasn’t far away. Holder, of Saffell, had finished her shopping by late afternoon and was headed home when a tire on her …

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  • Want to know how your representative voted? Good luck!

    The only true way to see how your representatives are doing is to check their voting record but for anyone who has actually tried to look it up — good luck! Last week I decided to take a look for myself and found that three …

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  • The road to church leads home

    Come Sunday, I am headed home. Back to the Trimble Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church that is as much home to me as the house I grew up in. This time it will be in celebration of my dad’s 80th birthday. Long before I turn down …

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  • Trick-or-treating in ’30s, ’50s/’60s, and today

    Did you get treated, or tricked, this Halloween? Kaylee was dressed as a Jedi — no surprise there, I guess, considering my affinity for Star Wars. I figured this might be my last year to dress her up in what I wanted her to wear, …

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  • Teachers: Keep up the good work

    It’s a rare day my child comes home and wants to tell me about what she learned in school that day. As a matter of fact, normally when I ask her I get, “I don’t know,” which really means, “I don’t want to talk about …

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