• Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Getting older, bruises stick around

    Suddenly I was in elementary school on the playground again, the only difference being I’m 29 and not in school and this wasn’t the playground but a concrete driveway and a near two-foot-tall wall/step at night in Newport. I can’t count the many times I …

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  • A dream I didn’t know I wanted

    For Valentine’s Day I got probably the best gift I have ever received and it was from my oldest daughter Shay — my very own website, donettasterling.com. She told me about a week prior she had a surprise for me but I had actually forgotten …

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  • Trashy yard sale photos are a real turnoff

    After watching the classified section of the paper recently for a couple of items I was looking to buy, someone suggested that I might find them at an “online yard sale” on Facebook. Being a Facebook member, but unfamiliar with the concept I checked it …

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  • Flexible cell phones, laptops

    On Jan. 9 at the 2013 Consumer Products Show in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled its prototype for a new flexible phone that when it makes it into production they claim will bend, twist and even rollup without any harm to the phone. Research shows the …

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  • 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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