• Is a Wall Street crash coming to public schools?

    Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street’s 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all …

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  • Getting the heck into Dodge

    I remember the year we got the heck out of Dodge. When I was a teenager my mother lived for a brief time in southwest Kansas, which was the flattest, driest piece of Earth I’ve ever seen. She’d gotten a job with the USDA at …

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  • The true story of the Little Red Hen

    Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who …

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  • What is with those childless couples, anyway?

    Whether you’re arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 edition of Time magazine: “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.” The article …

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  • Save the little pink bathrooms (for you and me)

    I’ve always said if I ever found a house for sale with black-and-white tile floors in the kitchen, I’d know it was the house for me. I suppose I should start prefacing that with “if the house is in good shape without a lot of …

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  • First Hot Springs expedition

    A few months after the famous Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on their historic journey into the northern regions of the Louisiana Purchase, a lesser known adventure started up the Ouachita River into Arkansas. President Jefferson wanted to know what the nation’s $15 …

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  • 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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