• Old friend breathes new life into old story

    It stills feels like I am dreaming. A few days ago a woman left me a message on my website saying she was in search of Donetta Bradford who lived in Oklahoma. “She was friends with my daughter, Tiffany,” she wrote. A wave of emotion …

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  • Religion, or not? Battling over yoga in public schools

    Is yoga secular or religious? That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools. In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the …

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  • Home free

    As one who frequently works from home, I believe Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has seriously erred in removing that option for her staff. I’ve kept a diary of my productivity, and I’m forwarding this rundown of a typical day to Ms. Mayer, urging her to reconsider. …

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  • Local film festival doubles as ‘economic engine’

    The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is celebrating its 12th anniversary April 3-7 with the showing of more than 30 films offering, as usual, a wide variety of choices. Two really catch my eye, although I am not a movie buff, with both of those having a …

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  • Gardening woes

    Spring is rapidly approaching and I for one can’t wait. I despise the winter months. There is nothing about ice, sleet or snow that appeals to me. In fact I had a good laugh this year at all the people who were hollering for a …

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  • Objects of my affection

    Do you ever wonder what your stuff says about you? After reading the book “The Things That Matter” by Nate Berkus I started thinking about all those objects we place such importance on and what things, if time permitted, I would rescue from a burning …

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  • Congress: Munchausen by proxy

    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, now referred to as Factious Disorder by Proxy or FDbP, is where a parent or caretaker enjoys the attention of having a sick child so they exaggerate and sometimes induce their victim’s symptoms. Children are made to be sick; parents are …

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  • Gangsta’ government and the GOP

    America’s founding fathers were beholden to the odd notion that the best prevention against a tyrannical leader or mob rule was the simple yet effective system of checks and balances. Presently, a nominal Republican majority in the House of Representatives is the only thing keeping …

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  • Who owns the news?

    Who owns the news? The glib answer is “no one.”  But of course, the full answer is more complicated than that. Famously, news is “who, what, when, where and why” — the “five Ws.”  That mantra was drilled into the minds of generations of journalists, …

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  • Internet piracy: Is the free ride over?

    Yes, I dutifully affix my copyright notice to my column each week, and I’ve been known to notify the syndicate of suspected unauthorized use; but I haven’t gotten anywhere near as persnickety (or creepy) as the entertainment industry. According to CBS News, the motion picture …

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  • Not The Onion

    Separating satire from real news requires an advanced degree these days. When Jon Stewart becomes the most trusted newsman for millennials, the line between the evening news and The Onion gets blurry, so perhaps we shouldn’t laugh so loudly at old Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky …

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  • Newspapers are the future

    As a teaching tool newspapers are as important as any textbook or website used in school. But call me biased. Just as coffee with dessert after dinner was common with friends coming over to visit my parents when I was a youngster, so was the …

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