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Saturday, July 4, 2015
Independence Day
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 10:31 AM
Too many times we take our independence and freedom for granted. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, we should take a little time to think about what it took to get us here and what it has taken to keep us here. There will be a lot of family gatherings, community-wide celebrations, and fireworks held in conjunction with the Fourth of July celebrations...

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Packing to go
Posted Tuesday, June 23, at 9:18 AM

Is packing a problem for anyone else? Most every trip we have ever taken, I end up taking more clothes than I wear and snack food we carry around and then bring back home. The worst part of over packing is having to listen to my husband, Dale, tell me he told me so...

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Family reunions
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 4:15 PM

I have a family reunion coming up on Saturday. We have a family reunion every year on the third Saturday in June. Family members come from across Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan and more. Some cannot come every year and we do miss them when they are not here. We usually have well over 100 attending...

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Don't forget June 21
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 1:38 PM

June 21, 2015, is a double day to remember. It is Father's Day and it is also the first day of summer. We don't need to worry about the "exact" day summer begins because once the temperature rises we have the open toed shoes out and ready. June is a busy month for my family with the annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life, family reunion and our yearly vacation. I love each event but I am a little tired by the end of the month...

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Keeping a positive attitude
Posted Tuesday, June 2, at 12:49 PM

I try to keep a positive attitude but I don't always succeed. I woke up this morning and realized we are six months into 2015. As hard as I tried to think of the year as having six months left, all I can come up with is where did the last six months go...

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A day to remember
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:44 AM

Monday was Memorial Day. I hope everyone enjoyed their day off. The list of what we can do on a long weekend is long. We can enjoy a family barbecue, we can go to the lake, we can catch up on our sleep, or just relax on a Monday morning without having to rush to work...

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Greetings and responses
Posted Tuesday, May 19, at 1:45 PM

Do you ever stop and count the number of greetings we give each day. I am out and about across Buffalo Island on most days and I see a lot of people. Some I know and some I don't, but as a rule, I speak to each one I meet. Sometimes they speak first and I answer and other times I greet them first...

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Signs of the time
Posted Tuesday, May 12, at 1:49 PM

I was traveling from Manila to Caraway last week and I could not help but notice the tractors were out most every where I looked. It had been several days without a rain, the temperature was about 84 degrees and it is the first week in May so it was a normal scene for this area...

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Happy Mother's Day
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 2:50 PM

At the age of 64+ I am happy to be able wake up on Sunday and wish my mother a Happy Mother's Day face to face. I feel blessed to still have her with me. Mothers have so much wisdom and as long as I can go to her for advice I know I am better off. It is a shame it took me so long in life to realize just how knowledgeable she really is...

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Congratulations to the graduates
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:34 AM

May is about to arrive and hopefully it will be filled with good weather for all to enjoy. May is a busy month in this area as schools are winding down another year and seniors are getting ready to graduate. During their last weeks of high school seniors are very, very busy with activities including their last tests; sports banquets; awards day; senior day; scholarship day; choir concerts; band concerts; looking at colleges; graduation practice and just winding it all up so they can receive the diploma they have worked toward since kindergarten.. ...

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Posted Tuesday, April 21, at 3:04 PM

Did anyone remember last week, April 16, was the 17th anniversary of the devastating tornado that came through Manila early morning about 3 a.m. It was something we don't want to remember but it is hard to forget. The houses can be rebuilt and the trees replanted but the loss of the two children and injuries that changed lives will never be forgotten...

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Sunshine ahead
Posted Tuesday, April 14, at 11:19 AM

Wednesday the temperature hit 80 degrees, so I am going to say summer has not arrived but it is closer. Summer does not actually arrive until June 21 but it always seems to come a little early in our part of the country. Spring is here and when the rain quits we will see tractors in the fields everywhere. That is a great sign of the season...

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Good to take a mini trip
Posted Tuesday, April 7, at 3:47 PM

You have my permission to not continue reading this column if you choose. I really don't have much to say to say today. There are days when I stare at the screen and nothing comes out. There are times when I sit down at the computer, pull up the page and the words just start flowing. This is not one of those days...

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April is here
Posted Tuesday, March 31, at 9:24 AM

April 1 is known as April Fool's Day and it will be here tomorrow. I am not a practical joker so April 1 has never been a big day for me. I think April Fool's Day goes way back when a new calendar was adopted and there was confusion on the day for a new year to begin. At least that is one theory I have read...

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Gas prices going up
Posted Tuesday, March 24, at 2:37 PM

Gas prices are on the rise but I haven't heard much talk on the street about it. As a rule when gas prices go up it is the topic of discussion wherever I go. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised it went down to around $2 a gallon. When it was up to $3 and above a gallon I did not think we would ever see $2 again...

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Green for St. Patrick's Day
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 4:21 PM

Today is St. Patrick's Day. I don't know much about the history of the day except it is an Irish holiday and you get pinched if you don't wear green. I know it has been around a long time. We see a lot of slogans, parades, and celebrating that go with the day...

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Giving back
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 2:47 PM

First, I want to commend my neighbors throughout Buffalo Island for always being there when there is a need. I have always said I love to live here because of the people. We don't have malls, entertainment on every corner, or majestic mountains in this part of the state but we have good people...

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March has arrived
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:00 PM

March has arrived which puts us a little closer to warmer weather. March is known for "ify" weather spurts, but all in all it means we are getting closer to warmer days. We have Daylight Savings Time arriving on March 8 and don't forget to wear green on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. If you don't wear green, you get pinched. I don't know where the pinching comes from but to me the green represents "spring."...

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Panty hose making a comeback?
Posted Tuesday, February 24, at 2:44 PM

I have never been big on fashion. If I like it and it is comfortable I will wear it. At one time we had dress codes for everything. You wouldn't wear white after Labor Day. Girls had to wear dresses to school. We would never have entered church wearing a pair of slacks...

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More winter
Posted Tuesday, February 17, at 1:33 PM

It should be open season on that ground hog. Evidently he was right about more winter weather. Just when I thought winter might be behind us it turned cold again. Here we are all layered up with the thermostats turned up high. It is funny how we can set our thermostats at 68 (air conditioning) in the summer and it feels so good, but 68 (heater) in the winter seems too cool...

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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