• Family had more than one famous writer

    Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of the celebrated writer of the “Little House” series of children’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was quite the writer herself and these days Lane’s books are overlooked. Perhaps that is about to change, as some of them are being republished and …

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  • Friend or foe?

    Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don’t think about your car “spying” on you. According to the New York Times, there is a growing controversy over the fact that 96 percent of new vehicles sold in America (and 150 …

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  • In the beginning …

    My first real look at Horseshoe Bend was in a 1969 Camaro with someone I was totally smitten with at the time. I still recall standing on Turkey Mountain and looking at the beautiful golf course and picturesque homes below. The Camaro and father of …

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  • Detroit’s demise

    My family lived in Detroit from 1955 to 1956, during which time I attended second grade in a public elementary school. That was the first year my parents moved back to Michigan from Minnesota and North Dakota, where my father did his medical specialty training. …

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  • Trial nothing but soap opera

    In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial. But politically motivated prosecutors in Florida turned a local tragedy into a race crime, and then the media turned a murder trial into a primetime soap opera. The trial accusing George …

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  • Big fears

    Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks. But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves …

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  • Pajama races were just reverse psychology

    Tricky, tricky Mom. As a kid I thought it was a fun game, but now that I’m older I know it was just a way for Mom to get me ready for bed without my realizing it. Like a bullet shot from a gun, I …

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  • The Crocketts in Arkansas

    It is generally known that Col. Davy Crockett traveled the Old Southwest Trail through Arkansas in the late autumn of 1835, on his way to Texas and a hero’s death at the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. As word spread that the …

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  • Daughter re-entering the nest

    It’s been nearly eight years since my oldest daughter left home. Now 25 years old and after seeing the world, she has decided it’s time to come home. Shay joined the Navy right out of high school and after serving four years has been going …

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  • The window fans

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold. We lived in a modest …

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  • ‘Fear’ greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms

    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects. Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating …

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  • Independence County meteorite became famous

    One of the most studied meteorites in the world was found by two young guys and a boy about the last of June in 1884 on Joe Wright Mountain about six miles (some sources say seven) miles east of Batesville and about three miles southwest …

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