• Lorie and Paul: A real love story

    Since my sister Lorie’s death last August her husband, Paul, has been lost without her and has been spending a lot of time with our family. Since Lorie is Paul’s favorite subject, I have really learned a lot about my sister as a wife and …

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  • U.S. has its own Nazca-style geoglyphs

    No one knows why ancient peoples created giant human and animal figures on wide expanses of deserts or plateaus, especially since only portions of them can be seen from ground level. In fact, they are hardly noticeable and people on foot in the past may …

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  • Something wicked this way comes

    I think my resolution for this year should have been to quit watching the news. Seriously, every time I think I’ve heard it all, something new comes to light that makes me lose even more faith in humanity. Last week it was the woman trying …

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  • What can this girl dream up next?

    Oh, to have the imagination of a young girl! I spent the weekend spoiling my niece Abby, who just turned 11 on Monday. It amazes me, sometimes, the things she can dream up but after 11 years I ought to have learned better by now. …

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  • Writer could get used to suite life

    Top drawer. Top shelf. Whatever you call it we were there a few Saturdays ago. It was a dream come true for me even if it wasn’t in the town where to me, The Peabody gets its claim to fame (Memphis). Luke and I certainly …

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  • Attorney questions school tax proposal

    A little over two months ago Batesville School District Superintendent Randy Willison proposed to the school board that they seek a millage tax increase designated for school safety. This was in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. At the time of the announcement long-time …

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  • Fun facts about the Dead Sea

    I recently interviewed David and Kathy Insell about their trip to Israel and in researching the story I have become fascinated with the Dead Sea. I knew it was in the Bible but I always pictured a dark desolate place — was I ever wrong. …

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  • Inspiration for Stomper Time dies at 79

    The name’s Bond — not James Bond, but Eddie James Bond. During the 1950s, rock ’ n’ roll singer/musician Eddie Bond had a great impact in the music world in Memphis, which was giving birth to the new kind of music that teens called their …

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  • It’s time to let Willie Mae go home

    It’s time. Time to let Willie Mae Harris go home. I first met Willie Mae while working on a series of in-depth reporting about domestic abuse cases that result in death and why some face charges while others do not. My two stories had similarities …

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  • Easter at Grandma’s

    It doesn’t matter how old I get — the moment I walk into Viva Drive Church of Christ at Trumann, I’m transported back to my childhood. I spent many a Sunday morning and in the summer, a few Sunday and Wednesday nights as well, there …

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  • Love is in the air

    Love, or so it sounds, has blossomed at the office. It’s not cute. It’s not sweet. It’s just annoying especially when you have to sit near it and can’t help but not ignore. I’ll admit their love-dovey ways have quietened over the last few days, …

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  • Kill cool-weather boredom by geocaching

    Spring can be couch potato time for a lot of people simply because they don’t have anything to do outdoors, especially if they don’t fish, jog, walk or work in the yard. This makes geocaching the perfect family cool weather sport, although I enjoy it …

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