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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
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
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
Of 2021, some have noted how quickly it passed, yet seemed to drag on forever. Such are the complex feelings of a politically divided society, living through a pandemic in a time when there is no … more
As we wrap up our Christmas shopping and attend to our last-minute holiday to-do lists here in the Ozarks, a rural-Arkansas sister community is just figuring out what tomorrow looks like. It is my … more
One experience led to the next. First, there was a warm feeling gently permeating my face as I seemingly walked out of some foggy realm. Gradually, and from some distant place, and wherever it is … more
Starting out three weeks and 400 miles earlier, I had a goal of walking into Santiago de Compostela on Thanksgiving Day. It would be a milestone moment and a memorable way to give thanks for so many … more
Let’s catch up on a few stories behind the stories -- items that didn’t make the headlines above the fold in recent weeks. A recent phone interview with Mountain View Band Director … more
In a land of democracy where the people supposedly rule, we really should do a better job holding our elected officials accountable. You can show up once a year at the parade and toss penny candy … more
I ain’t as good as I once was, That’s just the cold hard truth. I still throw a few back, talk a little smack, When I’m feelin’ bullet proof. So don’t double-dog dare me … more
For several hours last Monday night, it was the only thought I could think. I need someone to hold a grudge against. Somebody’s got to pay. It all began about a year ago – a time when I … more
As we turned east down the access road a fresh spring breeze rushed through our partially rolled-down windows and the morning sun radiated warmly through the windshield. In the passenger seat, Daniel … more
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