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At the recent meeting of the Dogs of Dustlandia committee, I was invited to speak about the ancient ones who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Oral traditions are important since dogs have no thumbs … more
My mailbox lately has been flooded with campaign mail. A few days ago, there was one I found particularly offensive so I tore it up and threw it in the garbage, mumbling incoherently about all the … more
As a young teacher, I remember sitting in faculty meetings watching the veteran teachers as they occasionally raised their heads to cast a withering stare over the top of their glasses. Usually … more
At the recent meeting of the Dogs of Dustlandia committee, I was invited to speak about the ancient ones who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Oral traditions are important since dogs have no thumbs … more
Nothing frames the context of a complicated subject like a weird metaphor. As I was driving to town one day recently, I saw a caravan of trucks hauling away the rides from the county fair, and oddly … more
The passing of Queen Elizabeth has reminded me that you can take the girl out of England, but you can never take the English out of the girl, no matter where life’s path takes her. As a child … more
In the recently published opinion piece, “Writing on the Wall”, there were many questions posed to the Legislature. These are the facts. This is the history. Every two years since … more
I love asking questions. You never know what kind of response you will get, assuming you do get a response. I am reminded of my teaching years. Young children are especially unpredictable when … more
1.6 billion dollars. This is the 2022 tax revenue surplus amount currently held by the state of Arkansas. Last year there was a surplus of $945.7 million. In fact, in seven of the past ten years … more
I tend to over-explain almost everything. It is a lifelong habit because the problem with words is that they are not as simple as we would like them to be. Putting them together in an attempt to … more
Of the various roles that newspapers fill – to inform, enlighten and entertain, for instance – one of the most important to me is to record. Despite our product being printed on one of the lesser … more
The Social Security Administration recently announced the most popular baby names in Arkansas for 2021. It may be no surprise that Liam and Olivia topped the list for boys and girls. Liam was … more
It’s difficult to imagine our society without plastics, a marvel of adaptability. They can be lightweight, flexible, sturdy and inexpensive to produce. What’s not to love? Without plastics, … more
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
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