• A few of my favorites

    Sometimes I am so thankful of crossing paths with others. While some of those relationship ties may have been short-lived or long-lasting I firmly believe we should make an impact on others’ lives and in a positive way. Over the years I have had the …

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  • Apology would go a long way after disrespect

    Where has our understanding of history gone? Our compassion and understanding of past events? Our prayers that they won’t ever be repeated? Lil Wayne has been publicly criticized for rapping a vulgar reference to Emmett Till, a black teenager who was brutally tortured and murdered …

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  • I love a smoker

    If all smokers are like the one I love, telling them how they need to quit will only make them light up as fast as they can get a pack open. Rarely do I harp on my mother about her smoking ways and it wasn’t …

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  • Co-worker is making me fat(ter)

    There’s always one in every office. The one selling something for their kids’ school and around here it’s Debbie Wetzel. Her “day job” is to take all the news, photos and whatever else we throw at her and make them fit nicely on a page. …

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  • Defending FOIA

    Thank you Sen. David Wyatt. Last week I placed a call to our senator and asked him to vote against Senate Bill 131, which he did. Wyatt, along with a few others, eight exactly, were the only ones who opposed the bill which would completely …

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  • Oh dear, Doily

    Donetta’s column “Like mother, like daughter” in the Guard’s Friday edition got me to thinking just how much I’m becoming like my own mother. I’ve known it for a long time, but reading her story reminded me of my own situation as I work to …

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  • Like mother, like daughter

    Apparently my daughter’s worst nightmare has come true — she’s turning into her mother. I guess I should have been offended, but I had to laugh when Shay told me the other day on the phone that while flipping through the TV channels, she stopped …

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  • Information made my day

    “Go ahead, make my day” is one of the most recognizable movie lines ever. I was surprised Wednesday when I learned the line was written by the late Arkansas filmmaker Charles B. Pierce, who is credited with “story by” in the film “Sudden Impact.” Of …

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  • Thank you

    Expressing myself vocally has never been easy and oftentimes words are hard to find even on paper, but two little words that are far from being small deserve to be said. Thank you, Larry and Wanda Stroud for taking me in. Thank you, for giving …

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  • Rusty gets a new home

    My daughter’s dog Rusty got himself some new digs. His brand-new home arrived and I think it’s nicer than ours. It’s amazing what products are made for dogs and if my daughter Alexas had her way, Rusty would have every one of them. After we …

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  • Memories of ‘The Railway Children’

    During the 1970s my wife Wanda and I looked forward to watching the movie “The Railway Children” which was always aired on network TV at least two or three times before Christmas each year. Seeing the movie as many times as we could leading up …

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  • That doll is the devil, not child’s play

    It’s been almost 25 years since the original “Child’s Play” movie came out, but Chucky is alive and well — and staying at my grandmother’s house. Over the weekend, Gary, Kaylee and I went to visit my grandmother, who turned 87 a week ago today. …

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