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What do I need and want? Life begins in a breathing, moving, blood-warmed, hungry body whose health is urgent. Our bodies produce other human beings. I want all for my offspring that I want for myself. We need a shelter, a bed, a food-filled table, rain for productive land and protection fro…

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“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” – Unknown.

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The governor presented a balanced budget proposal to the legislature for next fiscal year. It would authorize about $5.8 billion next year in spending from the state’s general revenue fund, about three percent more than this year.

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It turns out walking in space has a trick to it. You would think to walk in space all one really has to do is be outside whatever vessel got you to outer space in the first place, and that’s not wrong: Open the door and step out. As in life so many adventures begin with that important first …

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I always look forward to teatime in the olde farmhouse. When I hear the water boiling and teacups rattling I know the time has come. I head to the blue chair and my comfortable spot to rest while the Old Woman indulges in this special time. She told me her love for tea and coffee had come wh…

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Dear Athletic Support: How in the world is it safe to play basketball during COVID!? I guess football was okay since it’s outside. I think I read somewhere that even though the boys tackle each other they aren’t in contact that much if you really break it down. But basketball is two hours of…

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As Fall heads toward cold weather the Old Couple and I spend more time inside, especially after lunch. They try to get their farm chores done earlier in the day. I’m guessing it’s the same for other older people. 2020 has been such an unpredictable year that momentum seems to dwindle as the …

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Songs express emotion, views of life and character. Singing can minister in times of stress if the theme is positive. Music can inspire toward good living or sow seeds of evil. Some forms provide tranquility and some forms depress. Lyrics come from someone’s heart and mind and express purpos…

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This column had about 15 false starts this week. And when I say “false start,” I’m really talking about the internal process, what I was going to write about. Oh, I know I was going to write about the elections and post election, but what that was like, the ultimate punchline for the story, …

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The state is helping people who have trouble paying their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dear Athletic Support: My son’s going into the last game of his first-ever football season. He’s only in fourth grade, but has seemed to enjoy it. Which is great because I was really worried about it at the start. I guess, if I’m being honest, I’m still worried about it. I’m a single mom so …

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Election day is behind us, thank goodness, and we are now coming into the Season of Giving and celebrating the holidays with loved ones. We can now let our differences be set aside and focus on things we can agree on like, “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is th…

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I debated writing this column. That is, I debated writing a column on this topic. After all, anyone with access to information is terribly burnt out on this election, or is running for office. In fact this week’s lead editorial is on the election.

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Dear Athletic Support: I’m sending this question to you exactly eight days before the election. I can’t help but wonder what role sports will play during these challenging times. A part of me feels like maybe they matter now more than ever. Like we need a distraction from all the craziness, …

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Adam sinned. By him sin and death entered the world. That’s our legacy. By his offense death reigned until the coming of Christ who brought the reign of grace and life. Believers translated into the kingdom of God and sonship with Jesus have the “Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Fath…

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My heart and my mind don’t always agree. When my heart is hurting my mind tries to rational why and I can’t wrap my head around why I can’t just “say it” and make it all better. When my mind is confused and frustrated my heart wants to say just hug someone and make it all better. When you th…

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At the beginning of this year, there were more than 2,000 licensed child care programs in Arkansas. They had slots for 194,000 children.

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Oh my! That Old Woman gets excited about those grandkids coming for a visit. Most visits are around the holidays which makes them very special. One of the favorite kid activities has to do with the old Radio Flyer wagon! Squeals to be pulled around in the wagon can be heard from a distance! …

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It was one of those typical emails which show up with the inbox fog, about train crews of all things.

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The Legislative Council approved spending $48.5 million in federal relief money to fund a grant program that will help tourism-related businesses adversely affected by the pandemic.

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His fame went out and multitudes took their needs to Him. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at libert…

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Respect is defined as a feeling of admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. To show esteem or honor for someone or something. An example of respect is to truly listen to someone when they are speaking. Another example of showing respect is t…

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In the 2019 Regular Session, the General Assembly made the first effort to reorganize state government in 50 years. We are now seeing the results of that effort through millions in savings.

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Dear Athletic Support: My daughter plays volleyball at a high school in Arkansas. This school is known as a football powerhouse around the state, but this year the boys aren’t doing so great. They’ve only won half their games, while my daughter’s volleyball team is undefeated! Nobody seems t…

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Well, the Fall days have arrived, and the weather couldn’t be more beautiful. I can get out and scamper around without even getting tired. A few Fall showers from hurricanes in the South (that continue to come!) this year have kept the grass and shrubs in good shape for October. We definitel…

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Some questions are a waste of time. Some questions and their answers are urgent. Creation raises questions and answers some. The whole world learns about God the Creator by viewing His “handywork” (Psalm19:1). Then we begin to inquire more. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? The cons…

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During a discussion with Sean the other day he gave me a very unusual compliment but one that really made me feel proud of myself. He said, “You are doing really well not worrying so much.” After all that we have been through these past few months this really meant a lot to me. When caring f…

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The legislature has begun budget hearings, in preparation for the regular session that begins in January.

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Brr! The wind is blowing today which makes it feel colder than it really is. I know when the Old Woman and the Old Man think it’s chilly outside! The Old Man puts an extra shirt on, and makes a list for the shop projects. The Old Woman keeps her winter robe wrapped around her and curls up in…

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Dear Athletic Support: My son has been begging for his “Pop” to come to one of his high school football games. Up to this point, I’ve told him that it’s out of the question. My reasoning is simple: My father is 84 years old and has all sorts of underlying health problems. The last thing he n…

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October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for early detection and lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancer.

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The shepherds returned to the fields after visiting the newborn Jesus. They were elated and “glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen as it was told unto them” (Luke 2:20). Wise men traveled to see Him and returned to their country with great joy. When His …

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“If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right.” – Unknown

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In this year’s election, Arkansas voters will determine the outcome of three proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

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Dear Athletic Support: I used to be one of those parents who made it to every single one of my daughter’s sporting events. That all changed this year. Our life was uprooted by the pandemic. I ended up having to pick up an extra job, and because of that, I’m no longer able to go to her games …

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Lewis Hamilton won his 91st Formula 1 race this past weekend. This is a big deal, and ties a what-was-presumed-to-be impossible-to-break record set by the late Michael Schumacher.

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If you were a qualifying small business when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the US, you may have applied for and hopefully received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Those loans certainly have been a lifeline for many small …

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Dear Athletic Support: When I was a high schooler in the 1980s, ACL injuries were almost unheard of, especially in younger athletes. My son is a 9th grader. Last football season, one of his teammates suffered a torn ACL as a result of a solid hit. This season, playing on turf, a teammate wen…