• Young American teaches newcomers in the 1830s

    Freda Cruse Hardison’s recent column about Arkansas once being considered not just the West, but the “Far West,” reminded me of the books young German traveler Friedrich Gerstacker’s adventures here between 1838-1842 which he later titled “Shooting Sports in the Far West.” And the Far …

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  • It’s TV that watches you

    Not to make anyone paranoid or anything, but your smart TV could be watching you. Last November, UK-based IT consultant Jason Huntley uncovered his LG Smart TV in his livingroom was spying on him and his family, according to an article on www.dailymail.co.uk. It was …

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  • No longer lost

    Sometimes, things that are lost have a funny way of making their way back to us. That was the case last week when my cousin’s wife posted a picture of a silver pocketknife engraved with the names of my dad and uncle and nine of …

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  • Downtown excitement

    While I know it’s my job to be unbiased in the business I’m in, personally, I can’t help but be a little excited about the future of downtown Batesville following the recent visit by consultant Dan Burden, who was hired by Main Street Batesville to …

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  • Reality: What happens in real life

    For those who are sick of television and all its fake reality shows may I suggest PBS. That’s right, the Public Broadcasting Service. Either I’ve just grown to appreciate it or its programming has gotten a whole lot better. I’ve become fascinated with its Frontline …

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  • When the wagon was new, and the crow could talk

    My recent column about my great-grandmother Mary Russ Martin and her daughter, my grandmother-to-be Myrtle Martin Farrier, who lived along Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City drew several comments from readers. The column was about conditions, and the family’s coping with conditions, during …

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  • Trying to get the hang of positive thinking

    Dear February: I am still trying to get the hang of this New Year’s resolution business. After years of failing I’ve learned to shy away from the notion that I will be umpteen sizes smaller or that my bank account will expand overnight (it’s usually …

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  • Justifying what we put in daughter’s sippy cup

    Got Coke? Sure, we have it in our house — and lots of it, usually. I may as well admit it: Gary and I are as addicted to sodas as Charlie Sheen is to … well, you know. Overall in my life, I have probably …

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  • Old Man Winter making an old woman outta me

    Old Man Winter is making an old woman out of me. If messing up schedules, making it so it’s best just to stay home (unless you have to work) and causing trouble for emergency personnel weren’t reason enough, it’s also aging me more quickly than …

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  • No snow days in the newspaper business

    While some people curled up on their couches and enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, many of us here at the paper were at work and yes — I was jealous. Like most companies when the bad weather hits, some Guard employees can’t …

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  • Ancient cranial surgery amazes

    New articles in science and medical publications are making noise about ancient cranial surgery that took place 1,000 years ago in Inca, Maya, Aztec and other Mesoamerican indigenous cultures. However, the writers or publishers of these articles seem to be missing what my previous research …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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