• ‘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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  • Keeping a family tradition

    It’s been 40 years since Blanchard Springs Caverns were opened to the public, but my family has been going to Blanchard Springs a lot longer than that. When my dad was a little boy, they would throw all the kids in the back of a …

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  • Take the time to document family stories

    The other day it occurred to me that I have been writing down all these stories about the lives of people and I realized how little I really know about some of my own family members. I have decided that I am going to start …

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  • Inner lives of clouds among things not taught in school

    Some things they never taught in school: • Water does not always freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). In fact, water sometimes will not freeze until it reaches around 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Conversely, water can freeze at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit in …

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  • Elvis stamp could bolster USPS revenue

    The Man in Black can now be bought — at least in stamp form. The singer’s likeness was debuted by the U.S. Post Office Wednesday on the Forever stamp based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny …

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  • Living with ‘Princess Syndrome’

    I am beginning to worry about my 13-year-old daughter Alexas. Normally, she is a happy, healthy child who seems to be constantly doing cartwheels and running around in the yard playing with her dog. However, sometimes she gets these pains that come out of nowhere, …

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  • Cloning mammoths: Shades of ‘Jurassic Park’

    An Associated Press story, confirmed by other news sources, that broke last week states that a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass containing liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island. Russian scientists said the discovery fuels their hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal. …

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