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Watching all the fresh-faced, excited and happy graduates on Saturday was enjoyable. I was able to maintain an attitude free of cynicism for the entire day. As these young adults expressed their … more
“If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” Author Lois Wyse is credited with the phrase I’ve heard for so many years, but have come to … more
Once a year or so our staff expounds on the importance of public notices (called “legal notices” in our pages). This usually is in response to an effort at the state legislature to remove … more
I hate rude behavior in a man. I won’t tolerate it.The Lonesome Dove character Woodrow Call earned my husband’s undying admiration with that line, spoken after he had beat a man half to … more
Nostalgia can strike at the most random moments. My most recent episode was triggered by the sight, smell and taste of fluffy kernels of popcorn. Even though these kernels came from a bag of the … more
Soon after graduating high school where basketball had been the focus of so much of my attention for years, I was often struck by the urge to take the court. The bounce of a ball, the squeak of … more
I’ve written about Blake Henley and the Fighting Yellowjacket Marching Band in this column previously. You’ll also find considerable space dedicated to them in last week’s newspaper as well as … more
In journalism school, they teach us to avoid them at all costs. Avoid cliches like the plague, the professors say. But there’s just no better descriptor for what I heard that night. It … more
This is Sunshine Week, an observance led by journalists but not FOR journalists. It’s for you and your right to know important information about how the government operates. We go to battle for … more
From all indications, we are now slowly leaving the COVID era in a wake of experiences we never imagined. We’ve lost friends and loved ones, adapted in every way conceivable – education, … more
Occasionally, you get to witness something that reveals so much truth about a person, or a situation, or circumstance that all you can really do is sort of stand there and be in awe.It happened last … more
(This week’s column is an excerpt from my book, The King of Highbanks Road, chapter titled Country Folk.) There were two kinds of people in the Highbanks Road community: all the ones who … more
When he said it, you could have heard a pin drop, and it changed my political views forever. It was Day 1 of my dream job, the thing I’d aspired to since I was 14 years old, and suddenly I felt … more
Welcome to this special birthday edition of The Flatlander. This week we celebrate the 56th birthday/anniversaries of the Toyota Corolla, Doritos, Superbowl LVI, and yours truly. To recognize … more
Speaking to a school boards conference in December, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said some of the decisions he has made these past two years might have been wrong, but he was certain he had made the right … more
Sometime around the middle of August back in 2020, I asked Leader Editor Lori Freeze what she’d think about me writing a weekly column. I’d already somehow fallen into the weekly routine of … more
Midlife. It’s a word I’ve been thinking on lately. Some television documentary used it a few nights ago describing my generation. Truth is, unless I live to 112, I’m well past midlife … more
Happy upcoming birthday, Stone County. You don’t look a day past 140!April 21 begins Stone County's sesquicentennial year, and residents are planning a yearlong celebration here in Stone County … more
In the 1960s, David Wolper took a simple concept and created a successful television show that ran in different forms for decades. The documentary series Biography had a simple and thought-provoking … more
One of the truths about the news business and telling stories is that the story sometimes sneaks its way into our own lives. I’ve become friends with countless interviewees over the years. I … more
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