• Time to have ‘the talk’

    We’re having “the talk” at our house. Not the sex talk, but the “death” talk. Gary, Kaylee and I went to my mom’s for a later Mother’s Day weekend, and she told me about some things she wanted taken care of, when she passes away. …

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  • The ultimate sacrifice: Remembering American heroes

    Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there, one of 25 American burial grounds administered by the U.S. government on foreign territory. …

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  • A very special gun and a day to remember

    As Memorial Day approached, memories flooded Randall’s mind. He lifted the polished gun down from its place on the wall. It reminded him of a fateful decision. Rounding a bend in the small valley, he and his men had come under enemy fire, and found …

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  • Graduations always make me cry

    Was I the only preschooler who had to wear a cap and gown for graduation? Do preschoolers have graduation anymore? In recent weeks I’ve heard and seen (on Facebook) where some parents are shocked to find their children are being asked to wear the attire, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    ‘Difference’ matters When asked about the terrorist attack against our embassy in Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton’s reply was, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” In my humble opinion, it makes all the difference in the world. We can illustrate that by applying the same …

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  • Politically correct 9/11 museum ignores truth

    The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, recently dedicated by President Obama, has been fraught with controversy from the beginning. As one cultural historian summed it up, the museum has too many stakeholders trying to achieve too many irreconcilable goals. Among the cross purposes are …

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  • Who knew? Learning can be fun

    Lately, all I seem to do is read, which is very strange for me. I’ve never liked to read. As a matter of fact when I wrote my first book, I asked my colleagues to write a comment about me that I could put in …

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  • About Town

    This week, About Town stayed close to home and traveled around the world from the comfort of the seats at Independence Hall, the auditorium at UACCB. This past Tuesday night, we had the opportunity to attend the West Magnet spring dance performance. West Magnet is …

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  • Galileo and climate change deniers

    Future historians will rightly compare the climate change deniers of the 21st century to the science-hating reactionaries who jailed Galileo in the 17th century. But at least the truthers of yore had an excuse, because science was a fairly new concept. Our deniers have no …

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  • Bugging out: Protect kids this summer

    It’s tick season. And mosquito season. And chigger season. Is there any bug that isn’t causing us trouble these days? If we’re soaking up the summer sun, we’re also easy targets for all sorts of disease-carrying insects. Parents wonder what they should do to protect …

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  • Pleasant Plains was on Southwest Trail

    When you stop and think about it, you realize that 1970 was 44 years ago. We should all be grateful for the charter members and following members and writers of articles and furnshers of photos for the local historical society’s publication, the Independence County Chronicle. …

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  • Working on garden of my dreams

    Spring is finally here and I for one am thrilled. While I’m not a fan of tornado season, I absolutely despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me, not even during the Christmas holiday. The only way …

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