Right for one, right for all

December 18, 2008 Just when I thought the Christmas wars couldn't get more ridiculous or hostile, along comes the uproar over dueling holiday displays in the rotunda of Washington's state Capitol. First a holiday tree, then a menorah, followed by a crèche - and now a "winter solstice" placard declaring all of the above to be hokum.

Clue to Vinland?

December 18, 2008 A few weeks ago, while participating in a two-hour Internet radio talk show about visitors to ancient America, a brief discussion on runestones - stones with messages carved on them in the runic alphabet - took place. As the segment was ending, one commentator said it is too bad that Leif Eriksson did not leave a carved runestone.


December 17, 2008 Have a safe holiday Dear Editor: As parties are planned during the holiday season, the Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition is asking you to be mindful of the problem of drinking and driving. Perhaps you have seen our "don't be an empty shoe" reminder parked in key locations around Batesville, i.e. a wrecked car with many pair of shoes representing the yearly deaths on Arkansas highways from driving under the influence.

Cheese ’n crackers Christmas

December 17, 2008 Happy Holidays 2008. The economy is tanking. Half the country is lying awake worrying about money. Yet somehow, we're supposed to find the joy in Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or whatever other over-priced holiday you're wondering how to pay for. How are you supposed to make merry when you're worried you might be homeless by March?

Repaying kindness

December 17, 2008 "It's a Wonderful Life," one of my favorite movies of all time. You know, the movie that plays on all the channels from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, featuring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed growing up in Bedford Falls, falling in love, losing everything just before a lifetime of giving and caring payoff in a big way?

Old rockers never die

December 16, 2008 Old rockers never die. With too many irons in the fire, I've been out of the loop longer than I like to think about. But then, there are only so many hours in a day, and spending a good portion of them sleeping has always been one of my life's passions.

Investing recommendations

December 16, 2008 When times are hard or at least complicated sometimes it makes sense to go ask the advice of someone who's seen it all before or who's still doing well. Fortunately, Seth Glickenhaus at 94 years old is both and was willing to take a few questions.

Remembering ‘the love’

December 15, 2008 As I think back on Christmases past, it seems most of the memories become fainter as each year rolls toward a new one. Even as they blur, there is one thing that remains clear - the love and tradition that went into them.

Art of the pin curl

December 15, 2008 Looking at the photos and reading the directions, it sounds easy - "Ribbon the hair between the thumb and the comb so the strands are straight and tense. "Choose what size the curl will be and wrap it around something, like a finger to get the round shape.

Press in sea of change

December 12, 2008 As the First Amendment marks its 217th anniversary on Dec. 15, here's a quick look at where our basic freedoms stand - starting with a free press: As 2008 ends, most newspapers are shrinking dramatically in size, staffing, circulation. At least a few sizable cities - including, at one point, Portland, Maine - have faced the possibility of having no local daily newspaper at all. Analysts predict similar changes in local and network broadcasting in 2009.