• How to repurpose birthday tutu for little girl’s pirate costume. Or, how to drive yourself crazy

    I think I’m beginning to understand why my folks always bought our Halloween costumes, rather than make them. Last year, I saw the most adorable Cookie Monster tutu online and bought it for Kaylee. She was barely big enough to sit up by herself last …

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  • What’s that in the sky? It’s the ISS

    I’m sure it had something to do with clear skies but three times last week I watched the International Space Station pass over Batesville. Isn’t it amazing, and a little scary, what you can find out on the Internet? I visited http://spotthestation.nasa.gov and put in …

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  • Bye-bye, Miss American Pie

    Each day I watch as the ideals and morals that this country were founded on fade away. What the founders and veterans of this country worked so hard for and died for is now being squandered by their spoiled grandchildren who don’t appreciate it and …

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  • Boy leaves Batesville, resurfaces later as clown on TV

    When Robert Ford looked at the obituaries in the Oct. 6 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he saw that one of his childhood friends had passed on — a friend who left Batesville as the result of a tragic murder that occurred Jan. 2, 1935. The obituary was …

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  • Don’t need to leave country to find adventure

    “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” —Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”   …

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  • Christmastime’s a’coming … and still no wreath

    Almost a year later and I have to wonder what I was thinking when the days following Christmas I thought I’d get crafty and buy tons of Christmas ornament balls to make a vintage-inspired bauble wreath. I blame it on Pinterest, which is like the …

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  • Ding! Commercials turn hubby into ‘ultimate fighter’

    I am not a sports fan but my husband, Bryan, sure is, especially when it comes to ultimate fighting. For those of you who have not seen this, it’s basically an all-out brawl. Men wrestle, use martial arts and any other means to win a …

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  • Outdoor theater to close

    It was with great sadness that I read a news story from Branson, Mo., that reached me Monday — my favorite entertainment show there, The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre is closing. After 54 seasons, the outdoor theater will greet its final guests on …

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  • Granddaughters keeping score

    Last week my son called to tell me my oldest granddaughter wanted to read me something she had written. I listened as she read her “How Tornadoes Happen” story, sounding rather prim and proper for a second-grader. Long, long ago it was a rainy day …

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  • Some donations create a hairy situation

    You know how most women seem rarely to be happy with their hair? Well, I reckon I fall into that category. I was born with thick, wavy hair, but if I don’t get it thinned out regularly, it weighs down my whole head and makes …

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  • Disappointed by ‘Dallas’ downer

    I am utterly disappointed. Over the last 18 months Luke and I have been watching the original “Dallas” TV series and since that time I’ve written a column or two about my thoughts on the hit show that captured audiences in the 1980s. Last week …

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  • What’s so ‘dam’ funny?

    On Thursday I went to Heber Springs to report on the 50th anniversary of the Greers Ferry dam along with my co-worker Lacy Mitchell. As many of my readers know, I grew up in Heber Springs and am so proud I got to go cover …

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