• Out of the mouths of babes

    Of all of the assignments I’ve been asked to do at my church, my favorite has always been in the nursery. The children range from 18 months to nearly 4 years old. They are so cute, and they think I’m wonderful, unlike some adults who …

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  • Ugly yards wanted

    While browsing though the Guard on Wednesday, I happened to notice in the House to House ad that the DIY Network show, “Desperate Landscapes” is looking for yards in need of a makeover. Licensed contractor and show host Jason Cameron is looking for some pretty …

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  • Women and Sunshine Week

    As we celebrate Women’s History month, we should pay homage to a resolute group of women who deserve recognition during Sunshine Week, another March event.  Sunshine Week calls attention to journalists who courageously brought to light information that governmental and other authorities prefer to keep …

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  • From coffin ships to coyotes: A St. Patrick’s Day reflection

    I’ve always loved Saint Patrick’s Day. For me, it’s not just about the wearin’ o’ the green and consuming mass quantities of alcohol. I’ve attended Irish cultural events for most of my life due to Irish heritage on my mother’s side. The atmosphere, music and …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    First class act Dear editor: Recently I witnessed one of the best basketball games of the year. The game of course was Cedar Ridge winning the Arkansas State Basketball Tournament. Those players and their coach were outstanding. The team play, the hustle, the perseverance, the …

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  • Dating in the fourth grade

    My youngest daughter came home with a wedding ring last week. A gorgeous gold ring encrusted with at least a carat of diamonds. Now you may be thinking “Awww, how sweet!” Well, it’s not. She’s TEN. I’m pretty sure the boy who gave it to …

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  • Buster: It was a good ride

    Fourteen years ago Buster found Heaven on Earth. For those of you who know my sister-in-law, you know that she doesn’t (always/most rarely/never) do things that make sense and has a mind of her own. So, when she announced she was getting a horse, I …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    ACLU, judges have done too much to the law  Dear editor: Congratulations, Arkansas! Praise God, and thank you to our legislators who, in pursuance of the constitutional right to life, passed a law banning abortions after the baby has a detectable heartbeat. We are now …

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  • Patent ‘trolls’ are bad, but patents are worse

    While global biotechnology firm Monsanto battled a farmer over soybean patents in the U.S. Supreme Court, a District Court in eastern Texas heard a similar case: Personal Audio, an alleged “patent troll,” filed suit against Adam Carolla’s Ace Broadcasting network for patent infringement. The patent …

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  • Going back to having a monthly vehicle payment

    We are now the owners of a new monthly truck payment. After being without a vehicle payment for a year now, Gary and I are now beholden to the finance company for his new ride, and I admit I had not given much thought until …

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  • Some of the bright sides of extreme maturity

    Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. “Uh, lady, you want lids on these?” Fast-food break rooms equipped …

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  • Benedict deserves a better papal sendoff than this

    Just what kind of retirement party do you give a pope? Since the Vatican has adhered to a “no pope left behind” policy for the past 600 years, this was surely a puzzler when Pope Benedict voluntarily cashed in his cassock last month. Most popes, …

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