• Let me in — I have to go potty!

    After two months, my daughter’s puppy Sasha still hasn’t figured out his bathroom is outside. We are constantly taking him outside only for him to come back in and relieve himself in the house! I caught him sniffing around the other day and grabbed him …

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  • Jackie Robinson: An example of ‘Lies They Teach in School’

    Being neither a baseball fan nor a movie buff, it may surprise some for me to be writing about both. But my real subject is neither the movie nor baseball — it is the fact that history is so full of, well, as author Herb …

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  • Is the public wearing blinders on economic tax?

    Isn’t it amazing how some people, many of them in prominent public positions can be so ignorant of what is really going on around them. In particular the number of people/businesses that don’t have a clue what the Independence County Economic Development Commission is all …

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  • Piece of history coming to Arkansas

    It may be a visit worth making, adding the site’s already-notable history. A sapling from the tree that became one of Anne Frank’s only connections to nature while her family hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam will be planted in Arkansas at a high school …

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  • King Darius’ inscription led to deciphering of cuneiform

    Standing like a giant billboard beside one of the major caravan routes in Persia, what today is modern Iran, is a huge inscription created by artisans and craftsmen for King Darius the Great. The inscription, carved 300 feet above the ground near Behistun (which has …

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  • Virtual Wall is tribute to those lost in Vietnam

    My grandfather recently sent me an email containing a link to a virtual (online) Vietnam Wall that allows viewers to find the names of Americans who died in the war. The site is www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm. The Arkansas page has approximately 600 names. When you click on …

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  • New pet makes for ‘blue’ environment

    Things have turned a little blue at my house the last few weeks and I hope it’s something Luke and I can handle. We recently became “parents” to a royal blue Beta fish that we proudly call Suede. (Get it, “blue suede?”) He’s male and …

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  • 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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