• ‘A Christmas Toy Story’: Back to the basics

    Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America — especially with our Christmas toys. Consider: In the basement of any kid’s home you’ll find once-trendy, dust-collecting gadgets that are no longer played with. So I was delighted to stumble across a …

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  • Let it snow? I don’t think so

    Let me be the first to say that I was not one of those people running around hoping and praying for this nasty winter weather, just to get a day off work. If I had my way I’d live on an island in the middle …

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  • Tebow to Tea Party: The top 10 comedic news stories of 2013

    Be still, your beating hearts. As we exultantly find ourselves in this festive place once again. The most wonderful time of the year. When squealing children race home from school to check and recheck their favorite news websites. Husbands and wives fight for possession of …

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  • Beware the button battery: Tiny discs can lead to big-time health scare

    Parents sometimes dismiss the occasional swallowed item as a rite of “passage” in young kids. They often assume that the ingested object will indeed pass through, and they’ll see it again at a diaper change. While this may be true with some items like coins, …

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  • Equations of Christmas: What does ‘X’ really mean?

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas. I recall various memories of Christmas past: cramming scores of beloved aunts, uncles and cousins into small houses, …

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  • Major League success: Brooks Robinson Jr.

    It was an incredible career in baseball, and it all started in Arkansas. Starting from modest roots in Little Rock, Brooks Robinson Jr. would build one of the most successful careers in baseball history. Born in 1937 to a firefighter and semi-professional baseball player, Brooks …

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  • The Scarlet Hashtag – Adultery goes high-tech

    Cheaters never prosper, but facilitators of cheaters laugh all the way to the bank. I hesitated to write about this, because I didn’t want to provide free publicity — but since the subject has already been publicized via “Dr. Phil,” “The View” and “Time” magazine …

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  • Through the Looking Glass

    What compromises must we make when it comes to our security vs. our privacy? Personally, I’m far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google. According to the latest headlines, the NSA is gathering …

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  • The perfect tree (for Little Miss ‘No-No’ to redecorate, that is)

    After a fun and busy Thanksgiving holiday, during which we all ate too much and spent too much, we came home and did the thing we’d been dreading — put up the Christmas tree. With Kaylee in full view of everything. Helping. And then helping …

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  • Why your son-in-law will see you naked, and 2 other life truths

    It’s funny, you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you. As I contemplate my life, the part so far, and the part yet to come, here are three …

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  • Counting down the days to the end of mutton chops

    When my daughters wanted to try out for the local production of “A Christmas Carol,” I joined them for some father-daughter time. At the auditions, organizers asked what part we would consider. I said that I’d be happy with no part at all and could …

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  • Memphis’ ‘Grotto’ designed by ‘Old Mill’ sculptor

    I couldn’t help but feel as though I needed to pay admission as we entered the beautiful rock cavern covered in quartz located between the picturesque swampy pond and other landscape. It looked more like a park and I couldn’t help but think what a …

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