• Where’s the operating manual for toddlers?

    Babies (and toddlers) really should come with parenting manuals. Sure, there are tons of parenting and well-child books out there, but they don’t address specific actions, such as those by our toddler. We have decided Kaylee is more industrious than many of the experts and …

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  • New home, new owner

    (Cue country tune of “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter.) I’m not JoAnn. My name is Lacy. I moved in a few weeks ago. ——— “I hope you keep it (the yard) up just as good as JoAnn did,” one man commented to me from …

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  • Outrageous news headlines that are actually real!

    I have become a news junkie and it’s probably pretty obvious judging by my latest columns. I can’t help it though. I am shocked at most of the things I read about and feel compelled to share them. I have found many people are oblivious …

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  • Yellow hair in early New England

    Some history is more mystery than history. We don’t know what kind of “pestilence” struck the slash and burn farmers who occupied the area where the Mayflower’s colonists settled. When they reached Cape Cod, they stopped and on Nov. 11, 1620, they went ashore on …

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  • Advertising our failures

    Isn’t it funny how we try to fix things after they are beyond fixing? That idea rang true when we were talking shop at the office and how people claim they don’t have money to advertise their business, but magically come up with it when …

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  • Northwest Passage mystery closer to being solved

    Last week it was announced a piece of Canada mythology — and “one of the world’s most important shipwrecks” had been found. The shipwreck is one of the two doomed ships from the 1845 Franklin Expedition in the Arctic, found in a part of the …

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  • When tolerance isn’t a two-way street

    How is it that one group must be tolerant of another’s beliefs or be called racist but the other cannot do the same? How is displaying a cross on one’s football helmet encroaching on a non-Christian’s beliefs? Last week, a Facebooker, whose name was hidden …

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  • CDC scientist admits altering data linking immunizations to autism

    There’s been a long-standing suspicion that vaccines could be linked to autism and recently a scientist unveiled what many may see as a smoking gun. On Aug. 27 Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, admitted to omitting statistically …

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  • New colony meant Indians would give up fish trap at Watertown

    When the English arrived in New England (my fellow researcher Myron Paine calls them “the invaders”) they found many structures there and it was still called Norumbega (Northman’s Land) at the time. These colonists were the people who had journeyed over the sea on the …

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  • Strong women

    I am constantly finding myself in the company of people from all walks of life. They all have different stories and all show incredible strength. Here are a few of my favorites: Jo Canada: Miss Jo landed in my life during one of the worst …

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  • Change is the only constant

    Let’s face it — change is hard. We get up each morning and immediately start making decisions throughout the day; some are easy while others, not so much. Do I fix oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Do I wear the pink shirt and black pants, …

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  • Memphis halts Beale Street fee

    What might be bad for business could be dangerous for visitors, especially those who go walking after midnight. The city of Memphis recently thought it was a good idea to institute a $10 “security fee” to people who visit Beale Street during peak times as …

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