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The Easter parade
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:22 PM
It's time for the Easter parade. When I was a teenager I remember buying an Easter outfit to wear to church on Sunday morning. My dress was a navy blue dotted swiss with a full tiered skirt. My new white dress shoes had about a two inch heel. I had white lace gloves to match and a white purse...

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Married or single?
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 11:59 AM

Married or single, that is the question. I've listened in on conversations that listed the pros and cons. A widowed friend mused aloud this week about which would be best. "I think it might be nice to be married," she said. "It would be comforting to have a husband to watch over me...to take care of me when I'm sick or in need."...

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I was almost hacked
Posted Tuesday, March 25, at 12:06 PM

Someone tried to hack me. I never expected it and still wonder how it happened. About a month ago, I received a letter from Regions Card Services informing me there was suspicious and potentially fraudulent use on my VISA credit card account. The letter wanted me to contact their office because my account had been placed in referral status until they could speak with me. They had attempted to contact me by telephone, they said...

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Finding a pot of gold
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 1:30 PM

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. I didn't find a pot of gold, but then I'm not a leprechaun. What would I do with a pot of gold? I'm not talking about the lottery, but a pot of gold. How much would that be? Five hundred dollars? Five thousand? More?...

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Those wasted minutes
Posted Tuesday, March 11, at 3:33 PM

I would have more hours in the day were it not for several factors. Like looking for lost things. I spend a lot of time searching for things. Each day when I take my medications, I have to search through an assortment of plastic containers and read the labels. That takes several minutes three times a day...

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Getting a puppy
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 3:36 PM

It didn't work out. An elderly friend of mine (most of them are elderly or getting close) decided she wanted a dog to keep her company, maybe. She saw an ad for some adorable designer puppies, at a reasonable price. A designer dog isn't a purebred, but a combination of two purebreds, like a Maltese and a Shih tzu...

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A time to discard
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:53 AM

have resolved to read more and discard more. Recently I was reading some familiar passages of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 that begin: There is a time for everything And a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to uproot...

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Everyone is a painter
Posted Tuesday, February 18, at 6:05 PM

I'm not an artist. I don't know how to paint. But poet Oliver Wendell Holmes contradicts me. He said that life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Those words popped out at me when I read them this week. Holmes suggests that all my life I've been painting a picture. What appears on my canvas and yours is up to each of us...

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Beloved Valentines
Posted Tuesday, February 11, at 4:35 PM

If we are lucky, a special Valentine comes along. Cupid flings an arrow and we become smitten as never before. But there are other kinds of Valentines that touch our lives. Maybe they don't cause the heart to pound, but they exude pure love just the same...

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Unforgetable movie stars
Posted Wednesday, February 5, at 4:24 PM

During the cold 15 and 20 degree temperatures, I've been staying home, keeping warm. During that time I've watched a lot of Turner Classic Movies, mostly black and white. I've been surprised how many of the stars I have recognized. Their names just popped into my head, both actors and actresses...

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Chili Crusted Chicken
Posted Tuesday, January 28, at 1:31 PM

I got a new recipe book in the mail last week. I must say I am a bit disappointed. There are a lot of good tips in it, such as why you need to drink more healthy beverages instead of soft drinks and tea. Water, the book says, is your best choice for keeping your body hydrated. It can even keep your appetite in check...

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Life with feathered friends
Posted Tuesday, January 21, at 11:58 AM

When I was a little girl I used to visit my grandma Adams who lived near a railroad track and the levee. A couple of doors down from her house was an old brick house with a long wide front porch. I was intrigued by the house for a couple of reasons...

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A sense of humor
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 12:54 PM

I like a person with a sense of humor. A study finds that a "sense of humor" is the quality most attractive to women. I agree. On Thursday I made a phone call and dialed a wrong number. I asked if I was speaking to Walmart. The (business) man who answered said, "No, but we have a greeter."...

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Ditch New Years Resolution Day
Posted Tuesday, January 7, at 3:33 PM

We have rung out the old year and we welcome the new year. It's time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year. To many Americans the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City is the beginning of the new year in this country...

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Silent night, Holy night
Posted Monday, December 23, at 1:55 PM

Oh, Holy Night. We picture the eve of Christmas as serene, peaceful, calm. Everyone is cozy and warm, by the glow of the fireplace. Outside the snow is softly filtering, blanketing the countryside with awe and beauty. The air is crisp and cold in this winter wonderland...

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Two wooden cedar boxes
Posted Tuesday, December 17, at 4:29 PM

It was a special Christmas, a memorable one. My husband and I decided to spend Christmas in Georgia with our daughter, son-in-law, and our two grandchildren. Our son would stay behind in Arkansas and watch over our country house and an Appaloosa pony, Flicka...

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Gifts to avoid at Christmas
Posted Tuesday, December 10, at 5:19 PM

I'm not advocating that you don't buy any gifts this year. What I'm saying is, there are inappropiate gifts you should not buy. They are do not buy gifts. Husbands should not buy a Swiffer for his wife. No matter that the advertisements tout it as the greatest cleaning mop in the history of our nation, it is not what your wife wants to unwrap this Christmas...

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Books and other ideas
Posted Wednesday, December 4, at 4:49 PM

It's said that Santa is trimming his inventory due to the economy. Many shoppers will be trimming their shopping lists because many are out of jobs, broke this Christmas season. Those who have been naughty might get a bag of coal or nothing at all. Each year I agonize, well, maybe fret is a better word, over what I will buy for my kids and family members. I wander aimlessly around stores seeking something I think they might like...

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The parakeet and the president
Posted Tuesday, November 26, at 1:34 PM

Strange how history repeats itself. Fifty years ago my husband and I were in a pet store on Division Street in Blytheville looking at parakeets for sale. I was entertaining buying a parakeet for myself. It was a pretty blue one that took my eye. Suddenly a man entered the store and announced, "The president has been shot."...

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Counting our beatitudes
Posted Tuesday, November 19, at 3:19 PM

It's time to count our beatitudes. Each Thanksgiving we pause, remembering our blessings. Charles Dickens said, "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Yes, we could focus on the bad things, on the fiscal cliff, on high unemployment, on home foreclosures and government failures...

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