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Monday, July 25, 2016
Four weeks and counting
Posted Tuesday, July 19, at 8:43 AM
Summer break is passing fast. In less than four weeks the bells will be ringing for our area schools. Manila, Riverside and Buffalo Island Central students will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, Aug. 15. Riverside East will start its first full year in the new elementary building, Manila is in the process of building a new high school and BIC is in the process of building a new junior/senior high school in Monette and a new elementary school in Leachville. ...

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Diet time again
Posted Monday, July 11, at 1:51 PM

I have lost and gained the same 25 pounds many times in my life. I have been on many diets. Some work, some don't, some better, some worse. I don't want to advertise for any one diet plan but there really are some good, healthy diets out there that really work well. At one time or another I have been on most of them. For the life of me I can't figure out why I don't just stay on one forever and leave off the apple pie...

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Six months left in 2016
Posted Tuesday, July 5, at 9:40 AM

Another Fourth of July has come and gone which means half of 2016 is history. Like the proverbial half-filled glass of water, we can think, "great, we have half the year left," or we can think, "woe is me, the year is half over." However we look at it, we have six months left of the year with upcoming holidays Labor Day Sept. 5; Thanksgiving Nov. 24; and Christmas Dec. 25...

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Independence Day
Posted Tuesday, June 28, at 2:21 PM

It is time for my annual Fourth of July reminder to be thankful for the freedom we enjoy. Too many times we take our independence 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...

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Looking for the good
Posted Monday, June 20, at 2:03 PM

Life is filled with good things and if we don't dwell on the bad we should be able to realize each new day is a gift. We can choose how we will spend it. Have you ever noticed how contagious moods can be? I can be in a good mood and start listening to the woes of the world and the next thing you know, I am right there thinking there is nothing good going on...

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Don't forget dad
Posted Tuesday, June 14, at 11:17 AM

Sunday will be Father's Day, a day set aside to honor our fathers. We know we should honor them every day but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a day just for them. Too many times fathers get left out of the circle of things because they are men. My generation was brought up to think men are not supposed to be as sentimental as women. Therefore, we would never forget Mother's Day but we sometimes think Father's Day wouldn't mean as much to dads...

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Days of June
Posted Tuesday, June 7, at 10:58 AM

We can officially call the season summer since school is out. Actually the first day of summer will not arrive until Monday, June 20, the day after Father's Day. As I have done in the past, I looked at the June calendar to see what National Days we have ahead to celebrate...

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Where to go? What to do?
Posted Wednesday, June 1, at 10:11 AM

School is officially out and it is time for families to start planning their summer vacations. Many people with young athletes plan trips around their children's summer ball schedules. A lot of kids today play basketball all year round or play on baseball/softball traveling teams in addition to their regular season. ...

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Let's remember
Posted Tuesday, May 24, at 1:46 PM

Monday is Memorial Day 2016. We should all take time from our busy schedule to remember. Memorial Day lets us know summer is near, the end of another school year has arrived, and most of us will get a three day holiday. Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning than just another day off work. It is a time to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country. They left their homes and families so we would not have to. Many gave their lives and we should never forget...

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Summer break is near
Posted Tuesday, May 17, at 10:11 AM

With the seniors graduated, I am sure the underclassmen are counting the days until summer break. I can still remember getting excited at the end of each school year. Three months without school seemed like heaven. Even as a child I was always making plans ahead of time. I wanted to know today where I was going and what I would be doing next week at this time...

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Graduation 2016
Posted Tuesday, May 10, at 10:14 AM

I know I have written several articles leading up to graduation and now graduation week has arrived. Buffalo Island Central will graduate on Thursday; Riverside seniors will graduate on Friday; and Manila seniors will graduate on Monday. All the classes are over, the grades are in and I want to congratulate all of the young men and women who will be going onto the next phase of their lives...

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Don't forget Mother's Day
Posted Tuesday, May 3, at 2:18 PM

Don't forget Mother's Day is Sunday. If your mother is still with you, please let her know how much you appreciate all of the sacrifices and love she has given. You don't have to wait until Sunday to start. Every day would be a good time to let your mother know she is special...

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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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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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