• Guess who got married?

    Well, I finally did it. On July 26, I married my longtime sweetheart, Bryan Hubbard. We pretty much eloped because it seemed like the perfect thing for us since we have known each other for 10 years and didn’t want a big formal wedding. Besides, …

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  • The age(s) of happiness

    Get this: Happiness among human beings peaks at age 23, tanks at 55, then peaks again at 69. So says a study by the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper. The findings make …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: Reference “Second person arrested after aerial surveillance”, Wednesday August 7, 2013: Were I the US Air Force, US Army, the DEA, Arkansas Game & Fish, Arkansas State Police, 3rd Judicial Drug Task Force and the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office I would be embarrassed …

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  • Family reunion calamity

    It was family reunion time, and my brother brought his two canoes. Several family members wanted to go — including my littlest girls, 5-year-old Elliana and 7-year-old Heather. Patience is not a virtue that graces youth, and their excitement drove them to a million questions. …

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  • Shoot some video at watermelon festival

    About this time last year I suggested that some folks at Cave City take video footage from the annual three-day Cave City Watermelon Festival to use in preparing a documentary giving the history of the area’s watermelon farming. After all, Cave City is the self-proclaimed …

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  • Ignorance is no excuse

    So the latest craze spreading like wildfire over Facebook is the recent story of the 18-year-old in Jonesboro who was arrested because a “joke” went bad. Apparently, this highly intelligent kid (insert sarcasm here) thought it’d be great fun to duct-tape a bunch of kids …

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  • Eat all the dessert you want and not gain weight

    Have you ever had a sugar plum? I haven’t either, but I wanted to know what one was, so I Googled, “what is a sugar plum?” and found out it’s actually dried plum in a hard candy shell; probably something like an M & M …

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  • Could I borrow a cup of chiggers?

    That may sound like a strange question but after you already have a whole hoard move in on you, what’s a few more? It is the time of year that many of us find them, or do they find us. I had a number of …

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  • News of the day keeps us tethered

    I am over my worry allotment for this month. It’s not without some good justifications. My mother, Tina, died suddenly at the age of 86 in April and just like that all of the older generation that I knew is gone. Feeling out of kilter …

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  • When the Japanese attacked Old Joe, Arkansas

    Editor’s note: Emmit Acklin read the following at the Twin Lakes Writers Club several years ago.   It must have been in late 1943 when my folks stopped one day at the Old Joe country store and Post Office operated by Winfred and Mary Benbrook. …

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  • It’s all too evident that racism is still alive and well

    Ever get behind a vehicle moving slower than you would like and find yourself reading its window and/or bumper stickers? Sometimes, that can be entertainment in itself — at least until you get a broken yellow line and can pass the slow poke (or maybe …

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  • Pervs, fiends and New York’s newspapers

    The creeps who edit New York’s Daily News and Post are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick. That’s regrettable, because the city’s tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading. More worrisome: as journalism’s bottom feeders …

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