• 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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  • Putting the ‘real’ in reality

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the world and society we live in when a trip to a movie theater turns deadly. It’s one of a few reasons why I question whether I want to have children. There are too many things to worry about …

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  • Stranger danger!

    Stranger danger is something parents begin teaching their children at a very early age. It’s good for children to have a healthy fear because it may be what saves their life but it’s sad we have to immediately begin telling them at an early age …

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  • No go

    I failed. Yep, when 2012 rolled in I decided I would seriously take on my debt diet. That didn’t work. As obsessed as I was with getting this whole money/planning for the future things in gear, I have yet to get changes made in order …

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  • ‘Like’ for Pitbull’s sake

    I was on Facebook the other day and there’s a contest being held by Walmart to bring the rapper Pitbull to the Walmart store that gets the most “likes.” Pitbull will make a personal appearance at whichever store that receives the most. Yes! We’ve got …

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  • Papier-mâché had military uses

    We all know about papier-mâché, right? It’s a fun to use material for making craft items, especially in elementary schools, and what else? Oh, yes — making piñatas. That’s all I knew about. So when my wife, Wanda, while remembering her elementary school days, suggested …

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  • Work ethics in question

    Progressing into an older age bracket I am aware there are certain things that send me over the edge. Maybe this whole self-absorbed mentality has always been right in front of me my entire life, but it seems as if it is getting worse. Self …

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