• Ugly yards wanted

    While browsing though the Guard on Wednesday, I happened to notice in the House to House ad that the DIY Network show, “Desperate Landscapes” is looking for yards in need of a makeover. Licensed contractor and show host Jason Cameron is looking for some pretty …

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  • Buster: It was a good ride

    Fourteen years ago Buster found Heaven on Earth. For those of you who know my sister-in-law, you know that she doesn’t (always/most rarely/never) do things that make sense and has a mind of her own. So, when she announced she was getting a horse, I …

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  • Going back to having a monthly vehicle payment

    We are now the owners of a new monthly truck payment. After being without a vehicle payment for a year now, Gary and I are now beholden to the finance company for his new ride, and I admit I had not given much thought until …

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  • Out with the old is like therapy

    I was a collector long before I was ever a teen. I loved old glass Coke bottles, and collected them. Noteworthy newspapers, too (which should have been a foreshadowing of my future career), and I was always mindful of things that might not be worth …

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  • Old friend breathes new life into old story

    It stills feels like I am dreaming. A few days ago a woman left me a message on my website saying she was in search of Donetta Bradford who lived in Oklahoma. “She was friends with my daughter, Tiffany,” she wrote. A wave of emotion …

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  • Local film festival doubles as ‘economic engine’

    The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is celebrating its 12th anniversary April 3-7 with the showing of more than 30 films offering, as usual, a wide variety of choices. Two really catch my eye, although I am not a movie buff, with both of those having a …

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  • Objects of my affection

    Do you ever wonder what your stuff says about you? After reading the book “The Things That Matter” by Nate Berkus I started thinking about all those objects we place such importance on and what things, if time permitted, I would rescue from a burning …

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  • Newspapers are the future

    As a teaching tool newspapers are as important as any textbook or website used in school. But call me biased. Just as coffee with dessert after dinner was common with friends coming over to visit my parents when I was a youngster, so was the …

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  • ‘Treasure’ found at Calico Rock Museum

    “During construction at the Calico Rock Museum today, we discovered a treasure. No, it wasn’t a pot of gold or old bank notes worth a fortune, unfortunately. When disassembling the stairs, we discovered a handwritten note on one of the stair stringers — the board …

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  • I’m not crazy — I’m on the phone

    A few months ago, many of the functions of my cell phone quit working and I was forced to get a new one. I like the new one but I hate having to figure everything out again and I kept accidentally hanging up on people …

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  • In search of the silver lining

    The best thing about getting older is maybe getting a wee bit wiser. If nothing else many of us who have managed to survive to mid-life have an appreciation for each day even if it doesn’t turn out the best and we are faced with …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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