• The holidays without Andy Williams

    It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM dial to something cheerful for a …

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  • Just another day at the office

    My job isn’t boring but every once in a while it gets a lot more interesting. On Monday morning two community service workers walked away from work detail and the police were searching for them in a wooded area. I heard it come over the …

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  • First Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now … #Giving Tuesday

    Philanthropy is entering the 21st Century. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season for brick-and-mortar retailers and Cyber Monday launches the online shopping season, we now have #GivingTuesday (the day after Cyber Monday) as a starting point for charitable acts by individuals, …

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  • Action, words have consequences

    Vickie Freemyer loved life. She loved her family. She loved her students. And most importantly, she loved her 2-month-old granddaughter who was the newest addition to her family. Every day was a new adventure for the 52-year-old gifted and talented teacher. In addition to her …

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  • Counting our blessings — 2012

    Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum’s sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn’t you be out on recess? After all, it’s Thanksgiving. …

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  • Thanksgiving & defending freedom

    During pauses of the hectic Thanksgiving season, we sometimes reflect on the past year and those coming, and we think about what’s truly important in our lives. Certainly family comes first, as well as God to whom all prayers of thanksgiving go. Freedom is the …

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  • Blessings all around

    Thanksgiving is here, and you don’t even have to wonder what Gary and I are thankful for this year. A lot of our friends are doing a 30 days of thanksgiving but I have thanksgiving in my heart every month since little Kaylee Ann got …

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  • Do you remember when?

    Remember when: • Your garbage disposal sat at the back door, wagged its tail and never needed a repairman on Thanksgiving? • Your BFF (best friend forever) really was and still is. • You could open your glove box and sit two drinks, a sandwich and an order …

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  • Thankful for rural America

    This week, Americans across our nation will gather around Thanksgiving tables with family and friends. Every year at this time, I am reminded how blessed we are to have a strong, vibrant rural America which provides so much for each of us, every day. Rural …

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  • Offering a very belated ‘thank you’

    It is Thanksgiving and I have been considering the many things I am thankful for and wondering what I should write about. There were too many things from which to choose, so instead I sat down to read the newspaper. One thing I am thankful …

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  • ‘Clothier to the King’ dies at 85

    The combination of pink and black. Pegged pants. Two-tone shoes. Flipped collars. Elvis Presley may have made it popular but Benard Lansky is credited for supplying him and others, rock stars and common folk alike, with the look of “cool.” He died Thursday at the …

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  • State has long history with movies

    With more than 75 movies totally and partially filmed in Arkansas, the state has enjoyed a connection with motion pictures since the beginnings of the industry. Probably the first Arkansas-made film, in 1915, was a short documentary depicting the life and death of David O. …

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