• Nothing to lose

    Having been to The House of Mouse, aka Disney World, four times I was a little saddened at the lack of crowd that under similar circumstances would have been a godsend. Then again I knew better than to compare the Disney theme parks to a …

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  • America’s pyramids are many but are being lost

    Thirty-five years ago, authors of a book about the world’s remaining mysteries estimated that Mexico alone contains about 100,000 stone pyramids which had not be discovered. Many of these resemble hills overgrown with jungle vegetation. In the truest sense of the word, most of these …

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  • I want to hear Daddy’s song

    Last Saturday was my family reunion on my dad’s side. It was the first one we’ve had in many years and it was way past due. Lately it seems we have only seen one another at a hospital or at a funeral and I was …

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  • A dicey double standard

    Paula Deen must be seen as pure as the sugar and flour she uses to bake with, but I guess that comes with a wholesome-as-Mom’s-apple pie image where the pedestal is as sky-high as the meringue on some of her desserts. Rapper Lil’ Wayne steps …

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  • Standing up for what’s right

    They are just learning to walk and talk. The older children are active in sports, spending hours texting friends and looking forward to a bright future. But wait. Not these children. These children have no future. They are not part of a world where they …

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  • I thought we were friends

    I have gotten used to the fact that I embarrass my 13-year-old daughter Alexas all the time, but now apparently I am embarrassing her friends as well. Like most people in the world, I have a Facebook page and one day, one of her best …

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  • ‘Cavemen’ were used to promote Oregon Caves

    Despite intensive publicity in the past about Oregon Caves National Monument, it went over my head. Of course, I wasn’t around for most of that publicity, but in 1971 I did follow the Redwood Trail up the California coast into Oregon, going through Grants Pass …

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  • Big secret in tiny Cord, Ark.

    Shh. The Cord community has a secret. It’s McAdams Park. Have you been there? It’s pretty awesome. On Sunday, Gary and I were entertaining our niece and two of the nephews for a few hours, or rather, they were entertaining us. The boys are 8 …

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  • Winking owls, starbursts and mirrored boxes, oh my!

    With my own place comes the desire to fill it with things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have space for. These days it’s not the space, but money, or lack of, that prevents me still. Now that I can expand my sights at what I …

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  • I’m part of the problem, too

    I am like most Americans. I go to work and I go home. I don’t get involved in politics and  world affairs. I only pay attention to my little world and those close to me. But while working on a story this week, I realized …

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  • A valuable agency: Services for the Blind

    This time last year, I was sent on assignment to interview and write the Sharp County Farm Family of the Year 2012 article. While I was taking notes at the farm family’s kitchen table, the farm wife said, “Can you read that?” I said, “No, …

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  • Reliving memories

    Dear Miss Wilma: After buying your little getaway home where you entertained your family and friends, I wanted you to know I left a little memento of yours behind. During the demo I found a small magnet attached to the stove that said “Wilma’s Kitchen.” …

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