• Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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  • Getting older, bruises stick around

    Suddenly I was in elementary school on the playground again, the only difference being I’m 29 and not in school and this wasn’t the playground but a concrete driveway and a near two-foot-tall wall/step at night in Newport. I can’t count the many times I …

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  • Publisher owned first ‘pay’ library

    William E. Woodruff (1795-1885) is best known as the founder of Arkansas’ first newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette, in 1821. However, he is also credited with opening the first “lease/purchase” library in Little Rock in 1826. His first attempt to “rent” books apparently failed. Woodruff sold …

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  • A dream I didn’t know I wanted

    For Valentine’s Day I got probably the best gift I have ever received and it was from my oldest daughter Shay — my very own website, donettasterling.com. She told me about a week prior she had a surprise for me but I had actually forgotten …

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  • Trashy yard sale photos are a real turnoff

    After watching the classified section of the paper recently for a couple of items I was looking to buy, someone suggested that I might find them at an “online yard sale” on Facebook. Being a Facebook member, but unfamiliar with the concept I checked it …

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  • Does First Amendment allow student prayers?

    Students are free to pray in public schools — except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers. Current controversies illustrate how complicated this line-drawing has become: School officials …

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  • The cut is in the mail

    It’s Nixon’s fault. I speak of the financial woes of the U.S. Postal Service, and the recent news that cutting Saturday mail delivery may save a few billion dollars a year. As it goes, President Nixon, tired of strikes by then-government postal workers, signed the …

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  • Flexible cell phones, laptops

    On Jan. 9 at the 2013 Consumer Products Show in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled its prototype for a new flexible phone that when it makes it into production they claim will bend, twist and even rollup without any harm to the phone. Research shows the …

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  • A few of my favorites

    Sometimes I am so thankful of crossing paths with others. While some of those relationship ties may have been short-lived or long-lasting I firmly believe we should make an impact on others’ lives and in a positive way. Over the years I have had the …

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  • The Red Rebs

    Relax. It’s not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few …

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  • Et tu, Iceland?

    Over the last few years, Iceland has provided a bit of counter-narrative to the anarchist critique of political government. Most western democracies declared their pieces of the international finance sector “too big to fail” and bailed them out at taxpayer expense after the 2008 bank …

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  • Apology would go a long way after disrespect

    Where has our understanding of history gone? Our compassion and understanding of past events? Our prayers that they won’t ever be repeated? Lil Wayne has been publicly criticized for rapping a vulgar reference to Emmett Till, a black teenager who was brutally tortured and murdered …

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