• Rivers that run wild

    When I first saw an advance proof copy of the new book titled “Wild Ran The Rivers” by James D. Crownover, I thought it looked like an environmental-related book that would be less than appealing. But it’s not. In the book, rivers do run wild, …

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  • Surviving Disney

    Last week, our family got back from a fabulous vacation at the magical world of Disney. It’s been almost 15 years since I went and at the time, my son was only 6. My husband hadn’t been in 20 years and it was a first …

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  • WWI turns 100

    Kudos to the nation’s newspaper editors for making a valiant effort to prepare us for the upcoming (July 28) 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Fred Mertz got his “doughboy” uniform out of mothballs on “I Love Lucy,” you may have …

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  • Some connections aren’t easily rationalized

    “Don’t call me. Don’t call me. Don’t call me.” I kept repeating those words over and over in my head, but after a couple of names were drawn, I heard, “Anngeleeiah Roberts.” Ugh. This was a dilemma. My first trip, and the cynic non-believer was …

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  • When shoulder pain becomes the topic at hand

    The United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but hey, with WebMd we can all diagnose ourselves now! I’m being facetious, of course, but once Gary, Kaylee or I have seen a doctor it seems I can’t wait to do my own …

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  • Carl Garner, the man behind Greers Ferry Lake

    William Carl Garner was a good-natured and gracious man, but through his many years of hard work became the man who put Greers Ferry Lake on the map and became the heart of the northcentral Arkansas lake community. Garner was born in Sulphur Rock in …

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  • Outdoors recipe … omelet in a bag

    This is a great camping recipe for those who want a wholesome breakfast without all the fuss.  Here’s what you need: Quart size Zip-lock bag, mixing bowl, 2 eggs, chopped fresh mushrooms, l chopped onion, chopped fresh peppers, precooked bacon, precooked chopped ham/sausage, salt/pepper.  Blend …

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  • Those front porch pleasures

    Ahh, the joys of a front porch, they are many, as I’m finding out since my wife’s recent purchase of new wicker porch furniture. If you have a porch and aren’t aware of all its pleasures I will give you a rundown of those I …

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  • In the age of ‘Digital Cheese,’ we’re the rats

    Plenty of people had good reason to be in a foul mood back in 2012. The Detroit Tigers. Members of the Romney family. And, after making the acquaintance of a windy lass named Sandy, most of New England. Now, we can add to that list …

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  • Our Katrina moment

    Before we move onto the next crisis, let’s get one thing straight about what’s happening on the Texas border. This is not Barack Obama’s Katrina moment. This is everyone’s Katrina moment. I do not relish criticizing Obama. I have defended him on Benghazi, the IRS, …

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  • Wrong attention is not surprising

    Here comes another way to romanticize a life of crime: Enter the “hot felon.” Thirty-year-old Jeremy Meeks whose mug shot has gone viral was arrested June 18 on gun charges in California, but he’s getting more attention for his good looks. The mug shot has …

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  • French celebrate Bastille Day today

    Americans have the Fourth of July, and the French have Bastille Day — July 14. Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14 each year. In France, it is formally called La …

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