• Blessed are the peacemakers

    Blessed are the peacemakers; not only were they biblically important, they are essential to our everyday quality of life. With so much negativity dividing us, causing a trickle-down effect to our health and well-being, job performance and our personal lives, it has a profound impact …

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  • Kays’ work led way for ASU’s growth

    Victor C. Kays was born in Illinois in 1882. Through his efforts, the small agricultural school in Jonesboro would grow to become one of the most important universities in Arkansas and across the South. Kays would become the man who would — literally — build …

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  • Few people understand Hanukkah

    The time for America’s other winter holiday has arrived. Most people have heard of Hanukkah, which in America is often seen as another gift-giving, end-of-year celebration to go with Christmas and Kwanzaa. Relatively few truly understand it. Hanukkah isn’t important to Jews as a religious …

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  • Dickens’ Christmas mystery

    For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.” I have often contended that Dickens is at …

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  • Robbed! Thieves steal more than ‘things’

    It was the last thing I expected when I went home for lunch last Wednesday. When I opened my front door, I immediately noticed the doors to my entertainment center were open with our things pulled out and then I saw my patio door opened …

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  • Are we doing enough on Main Street?

    Like a lot of folks, I’m some times apprehensive about changes. Whether in my personal life, at work or within my hometown, I don’t want to see changes just for the sake of change. I want to see improvement. Needless to say when the cosmetic …

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  • Where have all the flowers gone?

    “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming other living beings, we are still savages.” —Thomas Edison     Last week, an 8-year-old boy in Little Rock took a “semi-automatic looking” BB gun to his elementary …

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  • Holiday grief work

    Sunday night was the annual Compassionate Friends candlelighting ceremony, and I can’t express how thankful I am to my family who show up year after year, in all kinds of weather, to remember our two babies who died before they ever got to take a …

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  • Ye Lorde and Ladye!

    Walking up to a dark entrance Saturday night at the Southside Middle School was a bit of a challenge in my high heels; however, I suppose they didn’t have porch lights back in the 1600s. And that’s where I, along with nearly 300 others, stepped …

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  • Why the story of your job becomes the story of your life

    When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer? And equally, or perhaps even more important, what does your face look like? Compare and contrast these scenarios: Teacher A answers with a heavy sigh, “I teach high school.” Teacher B …

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  • Squatting on the U.S. Flag

    If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, …

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  • What the world wants isn’t what he wants

    It’s hard to believe that another Christmas has almost come and gone. Why does time have to speed up the older we get. I’m certainly not so old that I’ve forgotten how “agonizing” it was waiting for Christmas Day. The closer Dec. 25 got, the …

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