• Are things piling up?

    Have you ever realized how things seem to simply pile up? I have just endured about 4 1/2 weeks of reducing these piles, sheet by sheet, stack by stack, and at times it felt like word by word — junk mail, business letters, tax paperwork, …

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  • Competing with confidence

    Our high school wrestling team was gathering to board the bus when Coach came out of his office. He walked over to me. “Howard, Hardy has the flu. You’re replacing him on varsity tonight.” I felt a rush of adrenaline. I was a freshman, and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Department of Health anniversary To the Editor: Feb. 25, 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Over the last 100 years, public health advancements including disease control, immunizations, maternal and child health, sanitation, and safer food and drinking water, have …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Facebook fatigue

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   I’m turning into my father. My father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when …

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  • Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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  • Getting older, bruises stick around

    Suddenly I was in elementary school on the playground again, the only difference being I’m 29 and not in school and this wasn’t the playground but a concrete driveway and a near two-foot-tall wall/step at night in Newport. I can’t count the many times I …

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  • Publisher owned first ‘pay’ library

    William E. Woodruff (1795-1885) is best known as the founder of Arkansas’ first newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette, in 1821. However, he is also credited with opening the first “lease/purchase” library in Little Rock in 1826. His first attempt to “rent” books apparently failed. Woodruff sold …

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  • A dream I didn’t know I wanted

    For Valentine’s Day I got probably the best gift I have ever received and it was from my oldest daughter Shay — my very own website, donettasterling.com. She told me about a week prior she had a surprise for me but I had actually forgotten …

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  • Trashy yard sale photos are a real turnoff

    After watching the classified section of the paper recently for a couple of items I was looking to buy, someone suggested that I might find them at an “online yard sale” on Facebook. Being a Facebook member, but unfamiliar with the concept I checked it …

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  • Does First Amendment allow student prayers?

    Students are free to pray in public schools — except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers. Current controversies illustrate how complicated this line-drawing has become: School officials …

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  • Flexible cell phones, laptops

    On Jan. 9 at the 2013 Consumer Products Show in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled its prototype for a new flexible phone that when it makes it into production they claim will bend, twist and even rollup without any harm to the phone. Research shows the …

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