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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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Looking Forward to Fall
Posted Monday, September 12, at 1:52 PM

The week after Labor Day is always pretty low key around here. We spend so much energy on that one weekend it takes a while to generate more. And like us, Mother Nature seems to give a big sigh of relief about this time. Tired of holding onto the high temperatures and humidity, she eases back a bit. ...

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Labor Day 2016
Posted Monday, September 5, at 12:32 PM

It's a beautiful day for a picnic! And Rector has the best Labor Day Picnic in the country. It's in full swing right now. We had a great time with The Ultimate Oldies Show Friday night in spite of many scheduling conflicts. Several people were experiencing the group for the first time and really enjoyed the show. ...

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It's Almost Labor Day
Posted Monday, August 29, at 1:36 PM

Things are speeding up around town as Labor Day approaches. Things start happening on Friday, but prep work is already in full swing and people will be coming into town in a couple of days. What's better is that it looks like Labor Day Weekend is going to have marvelous weather. No clouds are forecast and the temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 80s. We can handle that...

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Bye Bye Rain
Posted Monday, August 22, at 2:19 PM

Well, the rain is gone for now, from here, and I think I can hear the elementary school teachers dancing in the streets. A full week of kids not getting to go outside and play can be challenging even if it isn't the first week of school. I didn't hear of anyone not surviving so I suppose the first week was good...

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I Love A Rainy Day
Posted Monday, August 15, at 11:53 AM

I do love a rainy day. Rainy days are for reading those big long books, playing board games with our friends, baking brownies and napping on the porch. Those were the rainy days of my childhood. Before my mama went to work, rainy days were spent with us sticking close around her. She never seemed to mind the messes we made with finger paints or clay or cutting and pasting to make beautiful pictures. It would be a soup and sandwich day, so she could spend her time playing with us...

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The Dog Days of Summer
Posted Monday, August 8, at 12:35 PM

Hello everyone. I believe we are officially into the Dog Days of Summer now. Hot and muggy are the descriptive words for the season. I used to think "dog days" were called this because it was so hot all the dogs did was lay around. My cousin said it was when dogs would go rabid. ...

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Moving On To Labor Day
Posted Monday, August 1, at 1:15 PM

Good afternoon. We have wrapped up July and tucked it away for another year. My-oh-my, where has the year gone. A month and a day and it will be Labor Day weekend already. I am hoping it will begin to cool down a little by then. It has been in the brutal stage for a while now and well, August is the really, really hot month so, hunker down. ...

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Simmering Summer
Posted Monday, July 25, at 12:34 PM

Hello all. Yes, it is still hot here and steamy, without the benefit of rain, at least not right here, right now. A drive out in the country might be dusty, but to my untrained eye the crops sure do look pretty. I have visions of farmers having happy dreams as they watch their fields mature so well...

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Heat Wave
Posted Monday, July 18, at 1:00 PM

Hello everyone! I hope this day finds you safe and content here in Mississippi Delta land or wherever you happen to be. It would appear that summer has arrived in Northeast Arkansas and indeed the entire center of the country. According to the local weather-persons it is going to hang around for the entire week and maybe longer. ...

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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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