• Death of Col. Joe C. Porter, CSA

    Winter has come early to the Ozarks. According to the news, it’s the earliest date with only four other times in documented history as this early, the farthest back being the late 1800s. It reminded me of the stories of the long trek into Batesville …

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  • Christmas Creep

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And some folks aren’t too happy about it. Many of our readers will remember a time when we celebrated the fall and winter holidays in some sort of order. First there was Halloween. The stores filled their …

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  • Finding things to be thankful for

    November is half over and with it, our first snow of the season (and first snow day from some area schools). I wrote last week about my dad’s birthday, which brought about some good memories for my brother and me (like Dad bragging his kid …

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  • Penny wise and parks foolish

    At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism. Stretching 277 miles long and a mile deep, it is perhaps our nation’s greatest natural treasure. If …

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  • It’s time to think over ‘under God’

    Did you hear atheists are suing God? According to Fox News’ for-profit preacher Mike Huckabee they do it all the time! “Dear Lord!” he tweeted this week, “Atheists are suing God AGAIN!” Never mind the spurious premise of a group of people suing the very …

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  • Canceled show OK at 79

    Coming off a week-long promotional tour in New York City for a new book and album would leave me “Breathless” too, but for someone 49 years my senior, I don’t blame Jerry Lee Lewis for leaving fans “All Shook Up” when he decided to cancel …

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  • De-clutter your house

    As the old Tyree luck would have it, I was near the end of my month-long exile from work (following laser prostate surgery) before I stumbled across the book “5 Days To A Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space.” Of course …

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  • AOL: You’ve got spam

    It’s been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can’t bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there’s an old friend about to reach out and all he has is my …

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  • Man to be eaten alive by snake

    It’s official. People have lost their minds including one Mr. Paul Rosolie who is starring in a Discovery Channel special next month where he will be eaten alive by a giant anaconda snake. Rosolie, described as a snake researcher and conservationist, said he’s doing it …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Where is MSB money going? About 3 weeks ago in an article of our local newspaper a Main Street Batesville spokesperson said that no taxpayer money was being used on that project. Then an article of Oct. 29 reported that $20,000 had been given to …

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  • Ancient and modern technology

    We had just finished touring the first of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, with the rest of the day ahead of us to visit others. As we gathered back to our boat, some Peruvian men rowed up in a boat they had made from …

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  • Thanksgiving: So much to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to …

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