• Borrowing time, fire: Young people don’t know what they’re missing

    Teenagers and young adults today would never be able to grasp the concept of being sent barefooted to a neighbor’s to borrow the time, to borrow fire or a single needle, nor would they want to grasp it. They each are too busy with their …

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  • Mystery of Mrs. Weathersby

    When I purchased an old painting for the frame and not the picture, I couldn’t help but ponder about the artist. An old piece of paper the seller gave me piqued my interest to the point I felt I needed to learn more about the …

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  • More of Elizabeth and Darcy

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman at home with a newborn, must be in want of a good book. Or several. Or a good TV show. There’s only so much “House Hunters” you can watch while on maternity leave. I really gave …

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  • Recalling the ‘Voyage of the Paper Canoe’

    In addition to the military/warfare uses of papier-mâché listed in my column of July 12, many other uses of papier-mâché through the years seem mysterious or even baffling — and mostly unknown — to the majority of people today. One common item made in the …

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  • Somewhere in Texas

    It is amazing what all you can accomplish on a mini-vacation. Last week we set out for parts unknown for some much needed rest and relaxation. When the proprietor sent us directions on how to get there, complete with a last stop for food memo, …

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  • Back to work, joyfully sleep deprived

    Greetings and salutations! I finally made it back to work last Thursday, after being off eight weeks with our newborn daughter, Kaylee Ann. Gary and I can hardly begin to express our appreciation for everyone’s thoughts, support and prayers over the last few years after …

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  • Niece is witness to tragedy — again

    More than a week after a gunman killed 12 and injured dozens of others at a movie theater in Colorado, I am still poring over the many stories that continue to come out about the victims and acts of sacrifice. It seems to always happen …

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  • Four-legged diva proves world has gone to the dogs

    If there really is a thing as reincarnation, I would want to come back as a dog named Kira. She belongs to my cousin’s daughter Ashley. She is a small shih tzu that has to be the most spoiled, pampered pooch I have ever seen. …

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  • ‘Snake Doctors’ embedded in folk culture

    As a 4-year-old I became familiar with the term “snake doctors” at my Mam-maw and Pap-paw Farrier’s rural farmstead 10 miles west of Cave City. I distinctly remember Mam-maw saying as she looked out a window, “There sure are a lot of snake doctors flying …

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  • Putting the ‘real’ in reality

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the world and society we live in when a trip to a movie theater turns deadly. It’s one of a few reasons why I question whether I want to have children. There are too many things to worry about …

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  • Stranger danger!

    Stranger danger is something parents begin teaching their children at a very early age. It’s good for children to have a healthy fear because it may be what saves their life but it’s sad we have to immediately begin telling them at an early age …

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  • No go

    I failed. Yep, when 2012 rolled in I decided I would seriously take on my debt diet. That didn’t work. As obsessed as I was with getting this whole money/planning for the future things in gear, I have yet to get changes made in order …

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