• 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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  • 10 years without Daddy

    In dreams he knows him. In reality he would have bought him a piano on credit, invited him over just to hear him play and likely adopted him as his own son. My daddy couldn’t play the piano but he sure loved it and those …

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  • New home, new puppy

    As promised when we moved my daughter Alexas got a dog. His name is Rusty and he was a stray. We guess he’s around four months old and looks like part Labrador and something else. Whatever he is — he’s a big dog already. Rusty …

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  • New year, new hair?

    I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions but am always hopeful at the start of one and the promise that the good will outweigh the bad. That’s not to say I don’t think about, even if it’s quietly, the way I’d like to see the …

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  • Let the renovations begin!

    All my complaining about buying a fixer-upper house was totally in vain. I began renovations last weekend and it was actually fun. I began in the living room since it’s the most used room and the one seen by guests. I was really dreading pulling …

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  • 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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