• 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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  • Looking for ‘famous’ graves Website leads to burial sites

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Many who read my column on a regular basis probably know Luke and I love the movies, old Hollywood actors and actresses, the 1950s, etc. However, some may find it weird that we enjoy hunting up the graves of dead celebrities, …

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  • Death visits again

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” If I have learned anything in the last 10 years, it’s that death is really a part of life. I can no longer ignore it or pretend it won’t happen to someone I love. My cousin Daniel Bradford died last Friday …

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  • Bear-ly speaking, we escaped

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Buena Vista Exotic Animal Paradise, during its heyday, was one of the favorite places for my wife and I to visit during the 1970s. Eight miles northeast of Springfield, Mo., the 400-acre Paradise featured a four-mile drive where you eased …

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  • People, places and things

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Having a favorite place is like having a favorite song. My friends and I have both. We pretty much fit the ’80s Ladies criteria and we love heading south to Natchez, Miss., and all points in between, where we …

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