• Walking to work? Good for you!

    While waiting at a stoplight the other day a man passed in front of me in those tall rubber boots like many wear who work in the chicken plants. He glanced at me and then put his head down. I wanted to roll my window …

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  • I miss Nick

    Dear Former Sen. Nick Wilson: I miss you. I miss political corruption. I miss the Good Old Boys. It’s mind-boggling for sure to even think it, say it or put it in print, but these days there are much scarier things afoot than political corruption …

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  • Farm fresh (and highly regulated) milk

    Last Friday, the state House Agriculture Committee voted against a proposal to allow Arkansas dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk. I can remember some 30 years ago when my family first got into 4-H, there were dozens of dairy farms in this county. Today, there …

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  • ‘Hello, this is Lacy’: Some dreams do come true

    What kid dreams of a job where she can answer telephones using a “phone voice” and thinks having her own stapler and tape dispenser on her very own desk along with paperwork to keep up with would be the cat’s meow? Twenty-some-odd years ago this …

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  • 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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