• Amtrak’s writer residency a chance for creativity

    Well, it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching a midnight train headed for some direction I’ve never been (or have), writing about whatever comes to mind, but at least Amtrak was kind enough to let me know.  Earlier this year, thanks to a tip from …

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  • Few people know about this major health problem

    It’s called one of the biggest worldwide health problems of today and strangely few people even know about it. Iodine deficiency. That’s right, the stuff that’s in iodized salt has been disappearing from our diets. So what is iodine and what does it do? Iodine …

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  • Ishi, last of his kind

    On Aug. 29, 1911, dogs began barking at a slaughterhouse two or three miles outside of Oroville, California, a town of some 3,800 people at the time. That’s about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. The dogs barked so furiously that a few sleepy butchers came …

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  • I’ll sleep when I’m dead

    I think Gary and I are still recuperating from Kaylee’s big birthday bash a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if she’s ever had as much fun as she did that whole weekend. We started things out Friday with spending the night at Pa and …

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  • Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz: Just like Dad

    I may be too young to remember “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” but I’m no stranger to its relief and this I do feel too young for. It seems I can’t eat anything anymore without it giving me indigestion and while that may be too much …

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  • More activities for teens, please

    Kids look forward to summer break all year but it doesn’t take long for them to start complaining, “I’m bored.” Mine has already said it twice. I don’t want my child to sit around all summer watching TV and snacking so even before school got …

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  • Mystery of the towers

    As a young teen, I read quite a few Joseph A. Altsheler books, one of which was called “Apache Gold.” In it, these guys in the book were prospecting way back in the southwest in the Gallina Canyon area of New Mexico and found interesting …

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  • Admiration for Cleburne County’s library, leadership

    Sometimes all it takes is a spark to create a wildfire. That’s what it seemed like has happened with one of our neighboring communities, Cleburne County. Last Wednesday, I got to see the fruits of their labor, and what a beautiful site it was: The …

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  • How to live with your parents: Keep that sense of humor

    Hey, young adults, living at home with Mom and Dad isn’t the end of the world — if you follow the right advice. As it goes, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail, nearly 30 percent of adults under age 35 are living at home with their …

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  • Asking for help isn’t always easy

    Asking for help isn’t always easy. For some it comes naturally, but for those who consider themselves independent, it can seem like a sign of weakness and inability to cope. However, there are some we perceive as those who rely on others’ help, like a …

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  • Want to turn this country around? Do something!

    I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone that our country is headed down a very bad path and if “we the people” don’t so something soon — there’s no telling where we’ll be in the near future. It’s not enough to sit around and gripe …

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  • Mowat combined many interests in his writings

    Farley Mowat, who combined his interests of the outdoors, environmental issues, indigenous peoples and many more into a very successful writing career, died on May 6, less than a week from his 93rd birthday. His best-known work may have been “Never Cry Wolf,” written in …

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