• 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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  • Kudos to soldiers for asking ‘what if’

    We all know the drill: Innocent until proven guilty. This week it seems only right to commend a couple unnamed National Guard soldiers who notified their superiors when they thought one of their own might be serious about doing harm to others. The man charged …

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  • 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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