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The sweetest summers

The window fan roared as if the noise might keep the heat at bay, but it was never any match for July and August. It was just as hot outside as it was inside our tiny four-room house, and the majority of our shade came from a. . .

Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner. Utah recently passed the nation's first "free-range parenting" law to protect parents from prosecution for allowing their children. . .

Most children just want to go home

When I was 7, I took a walk around my new neighborhood in Havertown. Back in 1969, kids could do that, and expect to circle back safely to our front steps. Unfortunately, I happened upon a "Do Not Enter" sign at the end of a. . .

Arkansas House of Representatives: Children and hot cars

Arkansas House of Representatives When temperatures in Arkansas rise, it is difficult to imagine that any parent could ever leave their child alone in a vehicle, but it is possible and often fatal. Nationwide, an average of 37...

In China, 'Sharp Eyes' and cicadas

Recently, business reporter Harrison Jacobs accurately described China as a "techno-authoritarian" state. Where the Nazis used inaccurate Phrenology and calipers to identify enemies of the state, China uses the latest in...

The Resistance is a failure

You don't need 20/20 vision to see that the whole world is waiting for the Democratic Party to push back against the tyrannical tendencies of the Trump administration. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Those of you with weak...

John Ruddell Benge, conductor

John Ruddell Benge, son of Chief Robert Benge "the Bench" and Nancy Black Fox, was the namesake of brothers Stephen and Abraham Ruddell who were captured as young boys by the Shawnee, then raised with them for nearly 20...

Rock of Ages, for the ages

By Monday, my hearing had fully recovered (well, as much as it was before) although I was still feeling a little hoarse from Saturday night's Def Leppard and Journey concert. It was the third best single day of my life -- after. . .

Memes kill conversation

I hate memes. I really, really do. I wish all memes would be banished from earth and sent to Hell where they belong. At least in Hell, they can be used to torture the residents of Malebolge. Why do I hate memes? Lots of. . .

David Dale Owen, the first state geologist of Arkansas

Science is about inquiry. Observation is the tool used to find out answers, from the stars above to the rocks under our feet. And one prominent scientist, David Owen, helped Arkansas understand its own geology as the first state...

Vacation checklist

If you're getting ready for summer vacation, here's a handy checklist of things you won't need. A map. Remember those? I'm referring to the kind you got for free at the gas station. When spread out it covered the entire...

Be watching for new Medicare cards

Seniors, can we talk? Have you gotten yours? Ruth has — it's new and looks a little different. What did she get? Ruth received her NEW Medicare card. Even though it still shows "Medicare Health Insurance" at the top,. . .

Nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant: The difference

Doc, I have been going to my primary care doctor's office for years, but now sometimes I see my doctor and sometimes I see a nurse practitioner. Then, recently I was admitted to the hospital and saw a physician's assistant. I...