• Putin’s politics stink

    Politics really stink sometimes — particularly when innocent children get the losing end of the stick. Vladimir Putin elevated himself to one of the biggest jerky politicians on the planet, in my opinion, when he signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, in …

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  • Frightful weather doesn’t stop news

    It’s days when a blizzard comes to town that I miss being in school. Students, however, had it lucky last week since being off for Christmas vacation but even if they had not been out, schools would have closed and called it a snow day. …

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  • A lesson in fine dining

    It was a great Christmas this year for me. I was able to spend it with both my daughters. My oldest, Shay, lives in Florida and it’s been a couple of years since we could all be together at Christmastime. My boyfriend, Bryan, I and …

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  • Legislator impresses reporters

    Let me say I am totally impressed with one state senator, and my co-worker Andrea Bruner totally agrees. We recently spent the better part of the day in Little Rock waiting to hear an appeal on a case that the Arkansas State Claims Commission had …

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  • Our Christmas joy

    I finally did it this year — I put my foot down and told everyone we were not traveling on Christmas Day. After 38 Christmases of spending more time in a car than with loved ones, dragging in at a late hour and getting up …

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  • A Christmas to remember

    It certainly goes as quickly as it comes, the Christmas holiday. Was it not that long ago that it couldn’t come fast enough? How slowly time passed the nearer Dec. 25 became — just like molasses on a cold winter’s day. While out shopping last …

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  • Did we make it?

    Well, today is the day that the world is slated to end. If you’re reading this on Saturday then you have survived. I hope I did too. I, like many others, have been swept up in the whole “doomsday” prediction on Dec. 21 so I …

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  • Whoever is responsible, it’s not the guns

    Who should be watching for the people who would do such tragic, horrible things as senselessly slaughter young children in their classrooms, such as happened last week in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.? In that particular case, it appears it was the shooter’s first …

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  • Scooby gets his ‘forever home’

    Scooby found a home! I’m so excited, I’ll repeat it: Scooby found a home! Scooby was the little hound mix from the Humane Society of Independence County that went all the way to Los Angeles and got to hang with the world-renowned “Dog Whisperer” Cesar …

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  • Is ‘Sesame Street’ getting too wordy?

    Ignoring a subject won’t necessarily make it go away but where do we draw the line at what is and at what age is proper discussion for our children? I admit when I saw the news headlines claiming “Sesame Street” was tackling the subject of …

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  • When everything goes wrong — blame the boyfriend

    I’ve finally moved into my new home. The house had sat for a couple of years with no one living in it, so I expected there might be some issues and I was totally prepared for them — or so I thought. The faucet in …

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  • Are you smarter than a Maya?

    The Mayan calendar “ends” at midnight Dec. 21, but in reality, that is not when it ends, but is actually where it begins — the Maya started at that point when they created their calendar. They started the calendar there, on the winter solstice of …

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