• 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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  • Letter to the Editor

    Afraid of jobs? Dear editor: Independence County should continue the 0.25% sales tax. This small amount — a quarter of 1% — empowers our community to compete for new jobs. Companies looking to expand care about incentives: money from state and local governments. Other cities and counties …

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  • John Grisham, Arkansas native

    Perhaps best known for the thrilling Hollywood movies made from his bestselling novels, John Grisham was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Jonesboro. His parents, John and Wanda (Skidmore) Grisham, were helping on the family cotton farm near Black Oak, in eastern Craighead County, at the …

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  • Union Army scouting southwest Arkansas for enemy

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army was scouting southwest Arkansas for any sign of the enemy. In his report to the headquarters of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (US), Col. James M. Johnson concentrated his intelligence gathering in the neighborhood of Arkadelphia, Okalona and …

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  • Preparing for storm, boredom

    It’s been on my mind recently how we as a society could be thrown back into the 1900s by just one major event and with the threat of a winter storm threatening power lines this weekend, it may come sooner than I think. Although I …

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  • When strengths become weaknesses

    I like to talk. A lot. My talkativeness has won me business, forged friendships, and been the bedrock of my career. My talkativeness has also made me overbearing, ruined relationships, and been my Achilles heel in almost every role I’ve played. As with most people, …

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  • Teen’s Civil War saga continues

    It has been said that the U.S. Civil War was “a rich man’s war but a poor man’s fight.” All wars may fit that statement just as well, but it seems particularly apt when applied to the War Between the States. My Nov. 21 column …

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  • Flying Fido

    Recently there seems to be a lot on the news about airlines, like the man in the wheelchair who to had to crawl down the aisle because the plane couldn’t accommodate him. Or the lady on Thanksgiving Day who threw the big fit because the …

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