• Recharges good, like a cigarette should?

    Having been bombarded with umpteen Internet ads for “electronic cigarettes,” I resolved to find out what the dadblamed things are. An e-cigarette, I found, is a battery-powered device that delivers a fine spray of nicotine without any flame or smoke (although it does have a …

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  • Arkadelphia became Confederate HQ

    One hundred fifty years ago, as the Confederate forces in Arkansas were reorganizing following the Federal victory in the Little Rock campaign, Arkadelphia became the headquarters of the rebel army in Arkansas as Gen. Holmes regained control of his forces. Arkadelphia was the hub of …

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  • More ideas than finished projects

    Oh, Pinterest, you temptress. Every time we meet, you make me long for crafts I shall never make, foods I will never prepare, places I will never visit, and words I will never live by. Yet, I can’t give you up. Autumn has arrived — …

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  • Senator Ahab is a Sneetch, and you can’t teach a Sneetch

    There no longer lies any shame in obsession. Monomania reigns supreme in this country. Along with twerking. Once a month the local news features sports fans who have turned entire houses into shrines to their favorite team. We all know the conspiracy guy with his …

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  • Obama doing the Clinton Two-Step

    I only make predictions that are easy. That’s why they come true. I have no formula. You can do it, too. Just apply appropriate historical precedent, context and logic. Prediction: Syria will keep the vast majority of their chemical weapons and Iran will have nuclear …

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  • ‘Sleepless’ is more like ‘clueless’ in Austin

    One might say he’s been looking for love in all in the wrong places, but now one Texas man is willing to pay $1,500 to the person who can find the woman of his dreams plus a $1,000 bonus if wedding bells ring. Call him …

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  • Kennedy dedicated dam 50 years ago

    Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy came to Arkansas and dedicated the Greers Ferry Lake project. It was his last major appearance before his ill-fated trip to Dallas, 50 days later. On that sunny Oct. 3, 1963, the youthful president remarked, “Ten years from …

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  • ‘Sailing stones’ move by themselves

    Death Valley National Park in eastern California is home to Racetrack Playa, a dried-up lake bed where rocks move by themselves, and the geological phenomenon has stumped scientists for decades. Stones, sometimes weighing as much as 700 pounds, fall from the surrounding mountains onto the …

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  • Well-meaning, ostentatious baby names

    What’s in a name? Way too much these days where babies are concerned. According to The Wall Street Journal, parents are obsessing over what to name their kids. They’re hiring consultants, applying mathematical formulas and software programs and even bringing in nutty spiritualist types. One …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Weapons disposal Dear editor: Isn’t it funny, what goes around comes around? First, Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (probably made in Russia), then he didn’t have any. Then Assad’s Syria had chemical weapons of mass destruction; he used them on his own people. …

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  • Tick bites can go from nuisance to menace

    When I was a kid, ticks were just a nuisance. Now, they are dangerous. They can make you sick, very sick. They can kill you. Rather, the diseases they may be carrying can kill you. And when they make you sick, if you do not …

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  • The bread basket is running low

    “Only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein   Wow. Sure seems to be a whole lot of hoopla in the news lately about the SNAP program. First, we got to hear all …

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