• Writer produced thousands of hymns

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” The most prolific hymn writer of all, Fanny Crosby, was blind from infancy. She wrote 8,000 to 9,000 Christian songs, depending upon whose figures you use. It’s difficult to tell, for gospel songbook publishers did not want to have Fanny …

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  • What I will do with my lottery winnings

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” For most people, just the thought of winning the lottery makes them giddy with excitement. So far, I have not been guilty of helping finance college scholarships and most of the time it doesn’t cross my mind to even …

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  • Just some random thoughts

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” Some days I feel like my mind is going in about a hundred different directions, and even as organized as I am, it’s hard to keep everything straight. Here are a few things at the front of my brain this week: …

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  • Meeting the princess of rock

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” If I had a bucket list she would be on it and a trip to Dallas last week wasn’t going to stop me from seeing her even if it meant driving nearly eight hours to Memphis, a trip that ordinarily takes …

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  • Going ‘Psycho’ over shower curtain

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” I, like a lot of others, have been traumatized by movies like “Pyscho,” a classic horror movie by Alfred Hitchcock. One scene in the movie is the famous shower scene and it has stayed with me until this day. In it …

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  • Who was Haym Solomon?

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Perhaps I heard about Haym Solomon in American history classes in public school, but if so, it was so long ago I had forgotten. Somehow, though, I doubt that Solomon was mentioned. If he was, I suspect it was only …

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  • Going back in time

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” The Confederates won the last battle in Batesville — unless the Union makes another advancement while our boys in gray are away. Gary and I attended the Civil War re-enactment of the “Union Invasion of Batesville” last weekend at Riverside Park, …

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  • Blessed with many mothers

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Growing up in a tight-knit community we were blessed with a multitude of mothers who fed us, kissed our boo-boos and set us right when they thought we were heading left. It was nothing for Montine Skidmore to give …

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  • The mist around my dying mother

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” This is the first year I will be spending Mother’s Day without a mother. I still can’t believe she is gone. I asked her to show me a sign if she could to let me know she made it to Heaven. …

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  • Losing to chicken is fowl play

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” I once got beaten by a chicken at tic-tac-toe. Once was enough. I refused to play again. Actually, I think the game ended in a draw, or as we used to say, the “cat” won. Anyway, I did not win. …

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  • A different kind of Mother’s Day

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” Mother’s Day is Sunday, but for all too many people it’s not a day to celebrate but a day to remember and perhaps commemorate. When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant getting up early to fix my mom Pop-Tarts and …

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  • Things not taught in school

    Tony McGuffey “Observations” If you’re a participant of the social media site Facebook you may have seen a posting that showed a photo of a gun and a Bible with the caption that reads “Two things that every American should know how to use … …

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