• Still hoping for justice – Remembering Rebekah Gould

    Dear Rebekah: Until this year I had always marked the anniversary of your disappearance with a yearly news story. But when this 10-year anniversary came around my story line just didn’t come to fruition. For the first few years finding a different perspective was easy …

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  • Getting St. Nicholas right

    St. Nicholas is in fact the greatest saint in the history of Christianity. Forget Peter, Paul, or Mary; St. Nicholas has them all beat. No other saint enjoys his unique relationship to all three branches of Christianity — Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant — nor …

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  • Dickens Village magic

    “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” …

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  • No stupid deed should go unpunished

    By now I’m sure everyone has heard of the duck woman’s story making headlines around the world. If not, let me fill you in. A Canadian woman who parked her car right in the middle of a busy highway to help a group of ducklings …

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  • Dance of death: The Robert Lancaster story

    Editor’s note: The following is is a reprint from an 1879 issue of the Batesville Guard.   Batesville Guard, September 12, 1879 Robert Lancaster, the murderer of Thomas Johnston, was born in Izard County, now Stone, in the neighborhood of Round Bottom, is about 33 …

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  • The case of the ‘disappearing’ sock

    I thought by the time I’d reach 30, losing my socks would be a thing of the past. But alas, here I am, still losing them, somewhere between the end of the bed and in between the sheets, in the middle of the night — …

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  • A doll for Christmas

    The winter of ’34 in the valley below the Gravely Spur was an especially hard one. A Christmas snow had blanketed the valley, making travel through the mountain passes treacherous, even on foot. With one false step, even those who knew the routes by heart …

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  • The tale of two Christmases

    Last Saturday, I found myself sharing a New York City subway train with protesters from the Millions March and drunken revelers from SantaCon. Both events drew comparable-sized crowds, around 25,000 participants each. Both ended up on the tiny island of Manhattan on the same day. …

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  • Already bored with 2016 presidential campaign

    The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I’m already bored. On one hand, everyone’s ready for Hillary, but she doesn’t seem all that eager for everyone. She’s scheduled two paid speeches for early next year, which means she won’t be kicking off her campaign …

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  • Blessed are the peacemakers

    Blessed are the peacemakers; not only were they biblically important, they are essential to our everyday quality of life. With so much negativity dividing us, causing a trickle-down effect to our health and well-being, job performance and our personal lives, it has a profound impact …

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  • Kays’ work led way for ASU’s growth

    Victor C. Kays was born in Illinois in 1882. Through his efforts, the small agricultural school in Jonesboro would grow to become one of the most important universities in Arkansas and across the South. Kays would become the man who would — literally — build …

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  • Few people understand Hanukkah

    The time for America’s other winter holiday has arrived. Most people have heard of Hanukkah, which in America is often seen as another gift-giving, end-of-year celebration to go with Christmas and Kwanzaa. Relatively few truly understand it. Hanukkah isn’t important to Jews as a religious …

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