• 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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  • Drug testing is not answer to unemployment

    I usually try to stay away from peeing contests, but I just couldn’t let this one slide. When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican from Little Rock, filed a bill wanting all new applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test all I could think …

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  • ‘Paw-tay’ at Paul’s

    Maybe the orange Hawaiian shirt I bought won’t go without being worn at least once even though the moment for its intention has passed along with co-worker Paul Glover’s 60th birthday last week. For weeks we at the Guard planned for the occasion, coming up …

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  • Having a pity party – Presence is required

    You are all invited to my monthly — and sometimes weekly — Pity Party. My family is normally the Guests of Honor. Sometimes, they unknowingly walk right into these little affairs. Last Sunday’s was a surprise party for everyone. Everything hit me that day. After …

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  • Mysteries of South America

    South America is a continent of mysteries and enigmas. The word enigma, derived from Latin and Greek words translated as “to speak in riddles,” is defined by dictionary.com as a “puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.” That’s South America. When the Spaniards arrived in South …

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  • Unearthing a good story

    It’s present day, but our convention speaker is taking us back to 1963. He has spent a good portion of his time criticizing us for being lazy reporters who hand in spoon-fed jargon to their editors and have lost the ability to track down a …

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  • Some heroes rescue children; some tell their stories

    Not all heroes wear a cape and mask. Some live quiet lives and if we passed them on the street we’d never recognize them. Take Irena Sendlerowa, although you might have heard her name as “Irena Sendler.” During World War II, Sendler went into the …

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  • Aloha, Hawaii

    Now that most of my Facebook/Elvis friends whom I see often at annual events held in honor of the musician have made it home from Hawaii after a week-long celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s “Aloha From Hawaii” satellite concert special, I’m ready …

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  • Rusty 1, Donetta 0

    The one and only rule of letting my daughter have a dog was that he was not allowed in the house. She’s barely had him a month and already he’s made his way inside. Rusty’s home has been a large cardboard box on the back …

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  • Writer slapped brands on many genres

    Sure, I had heard of writer Frederick Faust, but was never sure where I heard the name or what he had written. As a lover of Western books and lore from the time I was a lad, I was much more familiar with the name …

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  • Second Amendment and gun control

    Discussions about gun control must include the Second Amendment that states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Please note a couple of things: no …

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  • Two very important girls

    My 10-year-old niece Abby can still surprise me. She was given a school assignment to write an essay about the most important person in her life, and she chose me. She told me that everyone else in her class seemed to be writing about one …

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