• Attitudes are a matter of relative differences

    My wife has a relative we call “Aunt Trudy,” who is perhaps the most pessimistic person I have ever met. There is nothing she can’t find a problem with. To her, the weather is always too hot or too cold, life always has too many …

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  • Summer’s here — let’s get out!

    Summer, summer, summer! After a wet and cool spring, we are getting out and enjoying the warm weather. Gary and I restained our back deck a couple weeks ago (leaving us sore for a few days, of course), then spruced up the flower beds and …

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  • Tangled tango

    As part of the brash rash of wire-brush scouring on the Teflon coating that routinely seals the Obama presidency, a large heavy-duty cast-iron deal has been made of the IRS conducting audits on Tea Party-affiliated organizations. But scratch the surface and it makes a sort …

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  • Apple could pay for Moore

    Investigators say due to some creative Ireland-based tax gimmicks, Apple has managed to keep $75 billion away from the IRS’s reach just in the years 2009-2012. Even Sen. John McCain conceded, “Apple claims to be the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer, but by sheer size and …

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  • Old phones and glowing rings

    We don’t know much about her but her old phone says a lot. It was last week that Luke and I, while flea-marketing, found a Motorola Razr phone and couldn’t have been more thrilled. Luke, who has yet to convert to a smartphone, loves the …

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  • Churchill pushed medical laws

    Thomas James Churchill served only one term as governor of Arkansas (1881-83), but was able to pass legislation that made the state a much healthier place to live. Elected in late 1880, Churchill became governor after serving three terms as state treasurer. After passing legislation …

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  • Don’t let one bad apple spoil bunch

    Earlier this week a teacher and former children’s pastor was arrested for downloading child pornography. Whether he’s innocent or guilty, it is yet another stain on two respected positions in our community. I am not here to pass judgement — I leave that to a …

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  • Needed: Federal control of garage sales

    Having just helped my mother with her annual yard sale, I have come to a disturbing conclusion. As much as it pains me to say it, for the sake of buyers and sellers alike, the federal government needs to intervene in the yard/garage sale industries. …

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  • Scandals blend to form perfect storm

    When it rains, it pours. The combined weight of the three growing Obama administration scandals is weighing down the White House and overwhelming their ability to control the story or advance their agenda. In hospital triage, this is the equivalent of not having enough bed …

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  • Perfume musk and animals

    When I first learned about ambergris some decades ago, scientists thought it was whale puke. Hold that thought, readers, if you think you can stand it. Ambergris, an odorous substance, has been used in perfumes since fairly ancient times to help the good scent of …

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  • Raising a generation of snowflakes

    I’m so excited that it’s baseball season again! I wasn’t always a huge fan but being married to a former sports photographer and sports editor will change one’s views on ballgames pretty quick. Now football does have its moments (namely, the Super Bowl, or any …

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  • Keep those catalogs a-comin’

    What America needs is a good Productivity Boosting Nap Pod, a device that looks like a dentist chair with a roof. As luck would have it, this 310-pound unit, that “provides optimal ergonomics for napping,” is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $16,000. Dagwood Bumstead take …

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