• Boo! Kaylee’s first trip to zoo

    Saturday night, we were among the walking dead. And giant butterflies and ladybugs. And several superheroes, including Superman, Captain America and Batman, as well as princesses, witches and more. Gary and I took Kaylee on her first trip to Boo at the Zoo, held at …

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  • 14-year-old is someone to look up to

    It’s easy to take so many things for granted when you live in a country that upholds the freedom to do so much yet most often comes at the hands of those who fought and died for it to be that way. I had heard, …

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  • You can’t make this stuff up!

    If you’re into crazy but true stories like me, I have the prefect website- -— Atlas Obscura. A friend of mine at work showed it to me and it’s full of crazy stories and places that are submitted by readers. Whenever readers can submit to …

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  • Of ancient pyramids, ice and maps

    As late as midweek I did not think I had time to write this column before deadline, but here it is with apologies to those I told there would be no “What the???” this week. A team of explorers is claiming to have found evidence …

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  • I got my flu shot — and didn’t even have to leave work

    I got my flu shot Monday. The Independence County Health Unit came to the Batesville Daily Guard office and gave a vaccine to everyone who wanted one. We didn’t have to drive to the fire station, Pleasant Plains or Oil Trough. We didn’t have to …

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  • Fall has its own smell

    Ah, the smell of fall is in the air! My favorite fall smell (I’m not from a big city/college, so I don’t do aroma things) is wood smoke from fireplaces and campfires. All the fireplaces in my home are gas powered, but someone in my …

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  • Spooked economy? Not at Halloween

    I have to agree with someone else who said it. When people wait in line for hours and days outside a store for the release of the next Apple product like the iPhone 5 or are expected to spend millions to dress their pets for …

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  • More social than political

    The closer it gets to election, the more we are bombarded by news stories, ads, mailers, TV commercials and most of all (it seems) our social-networking sites. My main social-networking site is Facebook, although I love Pinterest, occasionally tweet and at one time had a …

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  • How to become an abused woman

    It all starts so innocently. First you meet what you think is the man of your dreams. His world revolves around you. What can he do for you? How can he make you happy? He tells you that you are the smartest, most beautiful woman …

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  • Recalling good times, George Carter

    George Carter was a heckuva bass fisherman. So good, in fact, that shortly after I went to work at this newspaper more than 30 years ago and was writing a weekly outdoors column, I had George in mind when I called the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s …

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  • It’s a matter of opinion

    The freedom to vote is no doubt a privilege but to vote just for the sake of voting especially when no candidate strikes you as the best person for the job seems moot in my opinion. It’s something I struggle with each election year. Maybe …

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  • What that load of logs symbolizes

    Sometimes when I get behind a load of fresh-cut logs I think to myself, “That could be a future printing of the Batesville Daily Guard.” Home builders may see stacks of 2x6s for future job sites; others may see potential picnic tables or various woodworking …

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