• ‘Powder and Hides’ writer impresses

    This writer is not obsessed with buffalo, really. Or bison, if you prefer the proper term for the American bison, just because I recently wrote a couple of columns about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and this column about one of my favorite novels centers around a …

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  • Cardinals, or ‘redbirds,’ bring hope, comfort

    I get so happy when I see a redbird outside. Their striking appearance has a way of attracting my attention even on the gloomiest of days. I associate them with my mom, who’s always loved birds, especially the cardinal, and as I get older I …

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  • Unplugging from technology

    I am seriously considering proposing to my family that there be at least one day out of the week where we as a family do not use any technology — where, when we come home from work and school, no one uses the phone, plays …

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  • Where’s the savings?

    I’m all about more daylight in the evenings, but getting used to it after having had an extra hour to sleep after several months sure isn’t easy. I shouldn’t be this tired and since we’re getting an “extra” hour, why does it seem I’m having …

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  • Get over your selfies

    Surely it’s not just me who is annoyed by everyone taking “selfies” of themselves. Don’t get me wrong — I like seeing photos of friends and family every once in while on Facebook but some people are just out of control. I can’t help but …

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  • Water, water monsters everywhere

    While reading a book about the Loch Ness monster over the weekend, I found the subject of lake monsters and water monsters expounded upon. Practically every lake or body of water in the world are claimed to have water monsters, with most of the monsters …

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  • Where a kid can be a kid

    Why don’t stores have those merry-go-rounds in front anymore? Used to, you’d see them all the time. I remember riding them when I was little and thinking that was a big deal — my parents weren’t the kind to give into every whim of us …

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  • The (e)state of a person’s life

    The property wasn’t off limits and neither was the stuff, but it sure felt funny perusing all of the items waiting for the auction block. I attended my first estate auction a few weekends ago, but it felt more like a window into the future. …

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  • DNA from skulls may not be human

    Many people believe we are not alone in the universe and a recent DNA test may prove just that. Brien Foerster, a researcher, writer and tour guide in Peru, recently announced preliminary results after an elongated skull he had tested was found to contain DNA …

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  • Remembering a gentle giant

    This is for my sister-in-law who still misses her favorite horse. I think we all shed a few tears when Buster moved on to greener pastures and was no longer there to greet her each afternoon when she arrived home from work. She was never …

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  • Dream find turns into nightmare

    A couple in northern California had a dream come true — while out walking on their property, one of them saw the top of a rusty can in or at the edge of the path, which they had walked on numerous times over the past …

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  • Retreat is a welcome break in routine

    It’s fun to break out of my routine every once in a while and do something new. Last weekend, my friend and scrapbooking buddy Christine Brown and I went to our first scrapbook retreat. It was a fundraiser for the Ash Flat Church of Christ’s …

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