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Sunshine
Posted Monday, February 20, at 9:14 AM
The sun is shining and another beautiful day is promised. We will have temperatures in the 70s all week and no rain in the forecast. It is hard to believe it is February when I look outside. Everything is budding and blooming and growing. Is it really a precursor of spring? Or is it a clever dodge to make us THINK it's spring already? Only time will tell...

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Valentine's Day
Posted Monday, February 13, at 1:36 PM

Winter's on the east coast and winter's on the west coast and up north of us for sure, but we can't complain when our temperature is in the 40s and 50s in between those times when it is in the 70s and 80s. Our biggest problem these days is keeping the right clothes out. The weirdest winter so far...

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Is It Winter?
Posted Monday, February 6, at 12:33 PM

Well, is Old Man Winter not even going to make an appearance here this year? What happened to all those indicators, like the spoon shaped persimmon seeds, the wooly worms and the squirrels? I am pretty happy not being encased in ice, like we were in 2009, but I would like to have a nice little snowfall or two. ...

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Storms Are Lurking
Posted Monday, January 23, at 12:17 PM

Again we are looking at killer weather in nearby states. Tornadoes savaged Mississippi over the weekend. Georgia was hit too. Seems like every week now we have news that a natural disaster has impacted the lives of our fellow earthlings. An earthquake and avalanche in Italy also wrought damage and death. ...

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Good News for the Museum
Posted Monday, January 16, at 3:32 PM

This time last week we were being threatened with a possible ice storm, not something we would be looking forward to. Thankfully for us it did not drift down this far, but it was sure a mess further north. Brought back memories of the 2009 ice storm. Weeks without power meant generators for some and a trip back in time for others as we depended on kerosene lamps for light and played cards and board games instead of watching television...

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Welcome 2017
Posted Monday, January 9, at 1:20 PM

We can finally put 2016 behind us. What a year it has been. 2016 started off with stormy and cold weather and this year is starting the same way. I have a feeling the worst for us is yet to come. But the crops were good last year, in spite of a wet spring and the harvest was early so the farmer enjoyed a peaceful end of the year...

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The End Is Near (of 2016)
Posted Monday, December 26, at 1:12 PM

It's the day after Christmas and all through the land, all the children are giddy with new toys at hand. The grown-ups have breathed a great sigh of relief. Time for a break, no matter how brief. For next week's the New Year and out with the old. New resolutions are bound to be bold. Yes this is the season that touches us all. With our faith and our wishes. Happy Holiday All!...

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Peace and Love
Posted Monday, December 19, at 12:47 PM

I know. It is entirely my fault that we had that annoying weather tantrum on Saturday. I mentioned in last week's column that we usually had some warm days sandwiched in between the winter weather days and therefore apparently issued a challenge to the weather gods. ...

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It's All About Santa
Posted Monday, December 12, at 3:25 PM

Cold weather, a little rain, long dark nights and short days, sounds like the middle of winter doesn't it? It was sort of late getting here, but winter seems to have settled in nicely. Didn't we use to have a few cold days and then a warm up before the next front? Well, at least we are not sitting under four feet of snow. Yet...

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Jingle Bells
Posted Monday, December 5, at 3:14 PM

It is December. Guess you probably already knew that. Christmas is bearing down on us and with it the need to spend too much and eat too much and party too much and generally deplete ourselves before the year is gone. That way you are making room to accept all that will come to you in 2017. At least that's the reason I have given myself for this season of excess...

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Goodbye November
Posted Monday, November 28, at 1:10 PM

So, a stormy start for the week. Being a stormy weather person, myself, I am ready to enjoy the gloomy day. I have that last chapter of my novel that I need to get just right and this may help me get it done. This is the end of November. Christmas is less than a month away and then 2016 will become a part of history. It has not been an easy year and it probably won't go quietly. Like all years, it brought good things and not-so-good things. This next month should be a doozy...

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Gratitude, Appreciation and Thanksgiving
Posted Monday, November 21, at 12:55 PM

Winter finally arrived, but not in a bad way. In spite of the wind throwing a little bit of a tantrum as the front moved through, the cooler temperatures are not all that bad just yet and the sunshine and blue skies are still welcome sights. We are, for sure dragging out jackets though. Speaking of jackets. There is a box at the Community Center in case you have coats and jackets you aren't using any more and want to donate. There are always plenty of people needing warm clothes in the winter...

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The Morning After
Posted Monday, November 14, at 8:47 AM

This a difficult column for me to write. The brutal election is over. Finally! People who know me personally are aware of my political views, but this column is not for expressing them. This column has been and I hope will always be an upbeat look at life in Rector. ...

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Tomorrow is Election Day 2016
Posted Monday, November 7, at 12:59 PM

Oh, these beautiful fall days are addicting. Can we keep them for a while longer, please? I love putting an extra blanket on the bed and getting out the sweaters and long sleeves. Wood smoke and burning leaves makes my allergies flare, but I welcome them as the fragrance of autumn. Of course, the fragrance of apple pie and oatmeal cookies smells pretty good too. At any rate, I'm ready to settle back and prepare for winter, gather in the things I need and get ready for the long winter's nap...

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Happy Halloween
Posted Monday, October 31, at 1:30 PM

Happy Halloween! I am ready. I have bags of candy and will have my light on by 5:00. I love trick or treaters. It will be warm enough tonight that you won't need a jacket over your costumes. So come on by, y'all. What a beautiful Indian Summer day today. Looks like a pleasant week ahead. What a lovely gift from Mother Nature. But don't let her fool you. She has a winter surprise for you before too much longer...

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Fifteen More Days
Posted Monday, October 24, at 12:32 PM

Oh I do love the fall. The weather is constantly changing but in the moderate range and we have plenty of sunshine and blue skies this year so far. Sometimes it's a challenge to know how to dress for an entire day, but then, we do know about layering, don't we?...

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Election Overload
Posted Monday, October 17, at 1:31 PM

Warm front moving in today with record highs. Cold front following by Thursday with rain. In other words: weather as usual here in Northeast Arkansas. If you don't like the weather right now, just wait a few minutes. Today the air conditioner is back on, but not for long...

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Enjoying The Cool Nights
Posted Monday, October 10, at 12:01 PM

49 degrees last night. Good sleeping weather. It is October and with Halloween bearing down on us, high school and junior high football games and the band playing, I am settling in to my favorite time of the year. Now for the leaves to begin to turn and maybe a trip to Hardy in a week or two. We should have time for a good long autumn before winter really sets in...

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Surprise! Your House is Painted
Posted Monday, October 3, at 1:20 PM

Oh, I think it really is fall at last. I am loving these beautiful days and cool nights. Don't you adore the deep blue color of the sky this time of year? Living near the school I have the added advantage of being able to hear the band practice sometimes. I like that. They used to march down my street, but I don't see that very much anymore. I am pretty proud of the progress the band has made. They get better every year...

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Scams and Shams
Posted Monday, September 26, at 12:47 PM

I want to begin with an apology for not having a column last week. Or really I want to whine. Last week on Monday morning my usually not all that energetic computer started off slow and got worse and worse. Now this is not an old dog of a computer. I purchased it a little over a year ago after weeks of looking and trying them out and making lists of "must have" "nice to have" and "don't want"...

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Christa is proud to call herself a true Rector native. Although she was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, she was born right here on Hickman St. As an adult she traveled and lived in several places before deciding it was time to come home in 1994. She has been active in the community and enjoys watching the world go by from her front porch.
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