• Riders in the Sky – A cowboy adventure

    As I stood at the podium at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in Nashville, I anxiously searched for the right transitional words to introduce one of my favorite groups — The Riders in the Sky. I have always admired western music, from …

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  • Take action to get what you want

    Most of us have times when we realize our lives aren’t turning out the way we once dreamed. We may feel “stuck,” or resigned to our current situation, surrendering our optimistic visions to the realities of our lives. But rather than complaining about what hasn’t …

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  • Understanding mindset of this year’s freshmen

    The Beloit Mindset List, oh, how you make some of us feel old. But it’s like a train wreck — I can’t turn away. It’s a list that was created at Beloit College to help professors understand the perspective of the incoming freshmen. Past lists …

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  • Donald Trump and Miley Cyrus: Separated at birth?

    What do millionaire Donald Trump and recording star-actress Miley Cyrus have in common? Both got headlines and are probably smiling right now. Because they how to push a common button. Trump is the millionaire, television celebrity and birther-in-chief who has proven that in America any …

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  • ‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ — look it up (online)

    Adding new words each year to the dictionary must be mandatory but I’m glad the words added last week were saved for the online version. On Wednesday phablet, selfie, twerk, jorts (denim/jean shorts) and several other words became part of the Oxford Online Dictionaries website. …

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  • Capitol site was once a prison

    The history of the state’s centralized penitentiary dates to 1838, when the Legislature approved laws creating the construction. Some 92 forested acres were purchased about one mile west of Little Rock’s city limits and construction started on a state prison in 1839. Built to house …

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  • Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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  • America’s bucket list

    Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation. Someone is always predicting that …

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  • Remembering Buster Scott, who was more than feet

    Buster Scott had big feet, and he took advantage of them. He not only could run fast and swim exceptionally well but also let his feet, because of their exceptional size, earn his living for quite a number of years. Other than his feet, Scott …

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  • Lee Harvey Oswald and Jesus

    I have a question for the readers out there and it’s really quite simple: Do you read? Or maybe I should be asking CAN you read? You may be wondering why this question has come up so I’ll share this little story with you. Over …

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  • Teens’ heinous crimes raise questions about welfare benefits

    On one of FOX’s top rated cable shows, “The Five,” Dana Perino opined teenage criminals like those most recently making headlines for murdering others for “fun” might be deterred by threatening to take away government benefits from their immediate families. Take the three teens in …

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  • Victory was short-lived

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate and Union armies clashed for the first time in battle since the Confederate atempt to retake Helena. Following Gen.Pemberton’s surrender to General Grant at Vicksburg, the tide of war turned in favor of the Union, releasing tens of thousands …

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