• Hello Netflix, goodbye cable?

    I knew not to fall for the month-free trial. That’s just asking for trouble because I know I will get sucked into having one more monthly subscription to pay, even if $7.99 sounds like a small price for the luxury of watching hundreds of movies …

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  • Tick fever — it may be closer than you think

    Charles McKenzie of Evening Shade didn’t know what was wrong when he started running a fever. After all, he didn’t have any other symptoms of flu or a common cold, such as sore throat, stomachache or lower bowel problems, sinus infection or headache. But he …

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  • ‘Magic shoes,’ like cell phone, won’t bring popularity

    It seems all I have heard for months is how badly my 12-year-old daughter Alexas wants a cell phone. Apparently every child in school has one except for her, which I’m sure is not true. I keep telling her that having a phone is a …

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  • We’re not the lowest, and we’re not the highest

    Winston Churchill once said, “There is no such thing as a good tax,” and Ralph Waldo Emerson told us, “For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.” Just say the word “tax” and you’re sure to get folks’ attention, especially around here it seems. …

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  • New car needs new language

    “Call Luke,” I tell the computerized woman’s voice coming from my car’s speakers. Call bank?” she asks. “No. Call Luke,” I reply. “To make a call, say dial and the name of the person you wish to call,” she tells me. “I just did,” I …

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  • Looking for Orphan Train riders

    In the 1850s, thousands of children roamed the streets of New York homeless. Many were simply abandoned by parents who couldn’t afford to keep them. Life on the streets for these children meant begging for food or stealing to survive. Many looked to gangs to …

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  • Some things are just ‘fair to middling’

    Somewhere along the way to growing up, I acquired the expression “fair to middling.” As an adult, that often has been my answer to, “How are you?” Under the old method of grading cotton, which was phased out in this area, at least, probably by …

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  • Kilz that idea

    I am a Kilzaneesta. It’s kind of like a fashionista except you wear paint; lots of it. Kilz is my brand of choice. It seems to work for some of my various projects. Projects, yes, it’s plural. I am on overload with things that need …

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  • Is there a conspiracy afoot?

    It seems Americans love a conspiracy. Is that what Chavis Carter’s death was? On Monday, the autopsy report was released, listing cause of death as suicide. But, like an onion, peel back the layers and you’ll see a lot to this story. Being nosy person …

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  • Scared to fly

    Can I be honest? I’m scared. All my life I’ve been afraid of something. I find reasons to think myself out of situations or second guess myself and this time is no different. The thought of living on my own, paying for my own utilities …

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  • Broken promises: Tomorrow never came

    “Hello?” my sister Lorie answered in a lowered voice. “Where are you?” I asked, already knowing the answer. “I’m at work but I feel fine,” she replied. “You promised you would go to the doctor,” I said with disappointment. “If it happens again, I will …

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  • For the love of children, DO SOMETHING

    Every newspaper column and news article I’ve read about babies and toddlers dying after being left in a vehicle address the need to educate parents/caregivers of surviving children, to try to prevent additional deaths. That’s missing the boat. You can’t fix stupid. More than 550 …

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