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Write it down
Posted Tuesday, April 26, at 1:03 PM
Write it down are three short words that can someday make a difference. I wish I had written down the stories my great-grandparents and grandparents shared with me. It is not that I didn't listen because I loved those stories. The fact is at the age of 20 I thought I would never forget those names and places...

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Boston Marathon hits 120th year
Posted Tuesday, April 19, at 9:35 AM

It has been three years since the Boston Marathon bombing took place on April 15, 2013. Three lives were lost and 264 people were injured with many losing limbs. I remember thinking when it happened, why would anyone want to commit such an evil act on innocent people. Three years later I am still asking the same question. I don't think most of us will ever understand how anyone can justify the taking of innocent lives...

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What is in my future?
Posted Tuesday, April 12, at 9:12 AM

I have written a column every week for over 20 years which adds up to a lot of rambling. I realize sometimes I repeat the subject matter but I am getting a little old for new adventures that make good topics. That leaves me with the seasons, weather, another birthday, holidays, graduations or other upcoming events...

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Change doesn't come easy
Posted Tuesday, April 5, at 8:47 AM

One can't live as long as I have without accepting a little change. I will admit, I don't take well to change. I am a creature of habit. When I was younger I had a day for laundry, a time for dinner, and my week's menu all planned out ahead. Most of the time I knew on Monday what I would cook for the family on Thursday. Of course it always consisted of fried meat and fried potatoes. It is wonder any of my family is still around. We fried everything, every day...

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April days to remember
Posted Tuesday, March 29, at 11:19 AM

April Fool's Day will arrive Friday. Does anyone remember "your shoe is untied" followed by "April Fools." I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning but for some reason I can remember those practical jokers from elementary school almost 60 years ago...

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Easter is near
Posted Tuesday, March 22, at 1:07 PM

We will celebrate Easter on Sunday. It is a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. For those of us who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ it is a special day to help us renew our hope and give us peace. Easter always brings back fond childhood memories for me. I remember gathering at Grandma's house for dinner and hunting eggs with the cousins...

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Tax time and spring nearing
Posted Tuesday, March 15, at 11:06 AM

We are nearing the deadline for filing taxes so if you are like me -- dragging your feet -- we best start getting things together. It seems we just filed and here it is time to do it again. Every year comes around faster than before so we all know how quickly the next four weeks will arrive...

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First signs of spring
Posted Tuesday, March 8, at 11:35 AM

I've been seeing the first signs of spring in yellow flowers blooming and budding trees. Even though spring does not officially arrive until March 20, it is near enough to start dreaming about warmer weather, green grass, and sunshine. I have high hopes of getting outside and walking when the days get warmer and longer. I need the exercise. I hope to be a regular at the walking track at the Manila Park in the near future...

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Graduation is nearing
Posted Tuesday, March 1, at 11:44 AM

We are about to have another group of young people going out into the world as high school graduates. I am sure any one of the seniors can tell you the number of days. There is no doubt they are counting them down. It is a busy time and they have spring break, prom, getting out invitations and other activities to look forward to which makes the time pass even faster...

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Looking to March
Posted Tuesday, February 23, at 10:48 AM

March will arrive next week and we can look forward to Daylight Savings Time starting on March 13. I have to go through the little "spring forward" or "fall back" ditty when I move my clock back and forth. If we forget to change it, or move it wrong, we will end up at church an hour early or a hour late...

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The gift of giving
Posted Tuesday, February 16, at 9:41 AM

I may be getting a little repetitious in my golden years but I have to again praise the people of Buffalo Island. The Buffalo Island St. Jude auction/dinner held in Monette on Feb. 6 raised over $225,000. I saw people there from all of our area towns. It was a community effort. This was their fourth BI St. Jude auction and with the four added together they have been able to donate over $775,000 to St. Jude...

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Early spring and Valentine's Day are in the near future
Posted Tuesday, February 9, at 2:26 PM

Last Tuesday, Feb. 2, was Ground Hog Day. It was the day Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter is ending. It was reported he did not see his shadow. I read where an estimated 40,000 people gather every year to watch Phil emerge to make his prediction about the weather...

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Remembering the draft
Posted Tuesday, February 2, at 10:29 AM

Last week my husband Dale reminded me that 50 years ago on Jan. 26 he went into the Army. Where does the time go? I am not good at remembering exact dates, but I do remember the events. It was 1966 and we were dating at the time Uncle Sam called him into service. I was a sophomore in high school and he had graduated the year before...

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Catching up on my reading
Posted Tuesday, January 26, at 9:10 AM

I just finished reading Harper Lee's novel, Go Set a Watchman, which was released in 2015. The book was one of two books I received as Christmas gifts. Harper Lee's first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is one of my all time favorites. I have read the book several times, seen the movie numerous times, and saw a stage version at the Forum in Jonesboro...

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Through the years
Posted Tuesday, January 19, at 12:09 PM

Through the years I have written many columns on getting older, the weather, our great schools, and the plus side of living right here on Buffalo Island. As we start a new year I will just combine all of my sentiments in one column. I have written about turning 40, 50, 60 and the years in-between. Now that I am actually on the "65 Medicare List," I really don't feel old at all...

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Back on schedule
Posted Tuesday, January 12, at 2:42 PM

After the holidays it was nice to have Monday through Friday work week. It seemed like we had two or three Saturdays all in a week during Christmas and New Year's holidays. I would wake up each morning wondering what day of the week it was. There is something to be said for routine...

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2016 has arrived
Posted Tuesday, January 5, at 11:16 AM

Can you believe it is 2016? Believe it or not it has arrived. It just seems like the other day when we were getting concerned about moving forward into 2000 and wondering if all of our computer systems would be able to make the change. I really was not too worried because I decided those people who are smart enough to create all of the technology we enjoy are smart enough to keep it running...

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Here comes 2016
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 10:01 AM

Christmas has come and gone. Another one has become a memory. We might as well start planning next year because it will be here before we know it. I will miss the Christmas music. I have never been able to sing but I love to listen to the songs of Christmas. New songs have come along through the years but to me there is nothing more beautiful than "Silent Night," or "What Child Is This?"...

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Merry Christmas
Posted Tuesday, December 22, at 9:07 AM

This is my last chance of the year to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We say it often in the month of December, but do we really think about what we are saying? What makes a Christmas merry? We all have our own ideas. I agree with the people who say Christmas is too commercialized. ...

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Winter arrives next week
Posted Tuesday, December 15, at 2:06 PM

I was looking through some back issues of the Town Crier and I noticed we had already had a snow by this time of year in 2013. So far this year we have been blessed with mild weather. The Christmas parades have been chilly but not cold. I did not even have to drag out my heavy coat. I'm glad because I am not sure it will still fit...

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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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