• Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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  • Going in debt to live the dream

    It’s like belly fat that won’t go away, and for many of us, the old saying that nothing’s certain in life but death and taxes should be revised to include student loan debt.  But for one family, even that isn’t the case after their daughter …

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  • July’s done; what will August hold in store?

    When this year rolled around I started with a real effort on projecting a positive attitude, which worked until the winter blahs came along and I moved into my ho-humbug mindset. But as winter turned to spring, then summer and with all the beautiful days …

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  • Grandma and the Great Flood of ’37

    We’ve had more rain this year than I can ever remember, and probably others can remember, too. Our little country lane has been flooded in spots I’ve never seen water cross the road before in my 40 years.  But we’ve had it pretty good. When …

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  • Learning also means letting go

    Common Core state standards are meant to outline what students are expected to know upon high school graduation to ensure they are “career- and college-ready,” but how “life-ready” will they be? I recently read a column in the Los Angeles Times titled “What today’s kids …

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  • Fox, cat, coon — or chupacabra? Mystery animal carcass found under writer’s house

    Anytime someone buys a house, it always comes with some surprises but last Sunday we got the shock of our lives when my husband found a dead animal hanging upside down under the house. Finding a dead animal under one’s house isn’t that unusual but …

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  • Wolf House at Norfork deserves study

    The Wolf House at Norfork, said to be the oldest governmental building west of the Mississippi that was not built by a foreign power, is impressive. To the eye, the two-story log building is most impressive when viewed from near the White River, just like …

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  • Former Guard writer runs for office

    For years Frank Wallis was a familiar sight in Batesville and surrounding areas. Some will remember his tenure as a journalist with the Batesville Daily Guard while others may know him better through his father, the late Ralph Wallis. After Frank left this newspaper he …

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  • Toddler’s first visit to fair

    Kaylee finally made her first trip to a fair, and boy, did she have a good time. She’s taller than most 3-year-olds (and probably a lot of 4-year-olds to boot), so she was big enough to ride the kiddie rides. I forgot you have to …

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  • Keep the connection — don’t wait till it’s too late

    For many, going on vacation also means leaving someone to check the mail, water the plants and let the dog out, but how often are our elderly loved ones left with no one to check on them? Like life has a way of doing, people …

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  • Man could someday merge with machine

    It sounds like science fiction but there’s a real movement to merge man with machines. It’s called singularity and it can’t come soon enough for one inventor who estimates its arrival in the next few decades. For those who don’t keep up with technology, AI …

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  • Rivers that run wild

    When I first saw an advance proof copy of the new book titled “Wild Ran The Rivers” by James D. Crownover, I thought it looked like an environmental-related book that would be less than appealing. But it’s not. In the book, rivers do run wild, …

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