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Ethics legislation: 'easy to talk about, much harder to enact'

Subscriber onlyBeing and becoming an Arkansas state lawmaker just keeps getting harder and harder these days. Continue reading...

A full day in Arkansas

Subscriber onlySaturday, May 12, was an eventful day, the kind that bolsters one's perspective on nature, family, and faith. Continue reading...

Being a Pharisee

Subscriber onlyWe've all seen the illustration of buttoning up your shirt. If you start at the bottom and work your way up but mistakenly skip a button, you'll be one button off when you finish. Where you start determines where you end. The same is true with our assumptions or beliefs. Where you begin greatly affects where you eventually end up. This is especially true regarding the way we read the Bible or apply its truth. Continue reading...

Wisdom in the weeds

Subscriber onlyClarity often arrives from the most mundane of activities. Aggravation at the advance of noxious weeds forced me into hours of pulling morning glory and bull thistle out of the mulched flower garden last Saturday. It was hot and the sweat poured into my eyes. Thorns prompted a few swear words. But after awhile the mind starts running on cruise control and the subconscious comes forward. Continue reading...

Gardening in the future

Subscriber onlyHere it is June and I'm ready to give up on this year's garden. The rainy, cool spring delayed my plantings. I finally got seeds and plants in the garden, got the weed block laid down, and then turned my attention to other jobs on my never-diminishing To-Do List. The rains were timed perfectly to keep the garden watered, so I didn't pay too much attention to it. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyScholarship committee gives thanks Continue reading...

Forget politics, summer's heat is now and real

Subscriber onlyIt's barely July and time to beat the unusual heat, so here's 50 ways to do it. Continue reading...

"New Set of Downs"

Subscriber onlyAuthor and newspaperman Kyle Mooty has roots in Alabama but many connections in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Story telling

Subscriber onlyOur youngest granddaughter was spending quality time with Grandma Lana and Grandpa Ron. Beatrix (Beats) just turned five. She dazzles at dance recital, sings songs from "The Greatest Showman," speaks in complete paragraphs, and reasons like a lawyer. When she's delighted, she lights up the room. Continue reading...