• Hulk, Sting to jump into ring Writer’s inner-child excited

    When I heard that Hulk Hogan and Sting were coming to the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this Thursday, the 8-year-old in me couldn’t help but be excited. As a youngster I loved wrestling, watching it and “becoming” both characters when my …

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  • 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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