• Happy birthday, Social Security; tough cookies, everyone else

    The announcement came last week that the USDA will impose tougher penalties for food stamp rule violations. Amazingly, the food stamps cover one out of every seven Americans. That floored me. I had no idea that that many people were on food stamps. I know …

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  • King of rock ’n’ roll but not ‘The King’

    In 1977 the average annual income was $15,000, according to thepeoplehistory.com. Average rent was $240 and a gallon of gas was 65 cents. New York City had a massive blackout, the first Apple II computers went on sale, and “Star Wars,” “Smokey and the Bandit” …

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  • Pop a top again

    Have any “first time” memories that really stuck out in your mind? One of my strongest first time memories, I guess, came back in the summer of ’77. I remember it well. It was a hot Saturday afternoon, I was a DJ at a radio …

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  • Borrowing time, fire: Young people don’t know what they’re missing

    Teenagers and young adults today would never be able to grasp the concept of being sent barefooted to a neighbor’s to borrow the time, to borrow fire or a single needle, nor would they want to grasp it. They each are too busy with their …

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  • Mystery of Mrs. Weathersby

    When I purchased an old painting for the frame and not the picture, I couldn’t help but ponder about the artist. An old piece of paper the seller gave me piqued my interest to the point I felt I needed to learn more about the …

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  • More of Elizabeth and Darcy

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman at home with a newborn, must be in want of a good book. Or several. Or a good TV show. There’s only so much “House Hunters” you can watch while on maternity leave. I really gave …

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  • Recalling the ‘Voyage of the Paper Canoe’

    In addition to the military/warfare uses of papier-mâché listed in my column of July 12, many other uses of papier-mâché through the years seem mysterious or even baffling — and mostly unknown — to the majority of people today. One common item made in the …

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  • Somewhere in Texas

    It is amazing what all you can accomplish on a mini-vacation. Last week we set out for parts unknown for some much needed rest and relaxation. When the proprietor sent us directions on how to get there, complete with a last stop for food memo, …

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  • Back to work, joyfully sleep deprived

    Greetings and salutations! I finally made it back to work last Thursday, after being off eight weeks with our newborn daughter, Kaylee Ann. Gary and I can hardly begin to express our appreciation for everyone’s thoughts, support and prayers over the last few years after …

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  • Niece is witness to tragedy — again

    More than a week after a gunman killed 12 and injured dozens of others at a movie theater in Colorado, I am still poring over the many stories that continue to come out about the victims and acts of sacrifice. It seems to always happen …

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  • Four-legged diva proves world has gone to the dogs

    If there really is a thing as reincarnation, I would want to come back as a dog named Kira. She belongs to my cousin’s daughter Ashley. She is a small shih tzu that has to be the most spoiled, pampered pooch I have ever seen. …

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  • ‘Snake Doctors’ embedded in folk culture

    As a 4-year-old I became familiar with the term “snake doctors” at my Mam-maw and Pap-paw Farrier’s rural farmstead 10 miles west of Cave City. I distinctly remember Mam-maw saying as she looked out a window, “There sure are a lot of snake doctors flying …

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