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Keep Your Eye On The Weather
Posted Monday, February 1, at 11:58 AM
February is off to a beautiful beginning. It will soon be in the 60s and the sun is shining and the moon is waning. But I don't think this is going to last for long. Keep the weather radio or the cell phone close at hand because there is bad weather in our future, our very near future. But not today. Today get out and enjoy the mild temperatures and the sunshine. Tomorrow back to winter. Or maybe storms. What can I say? It's Arkansas. The weather could be anything at any minute...

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Looking Forward To in February
Posted Monday, January 25, at 1:22 PM

Well folks, we have just about used up January. Already this year is off to a running start and I don't think I am keeping up. How about you? Of course I have been staying in a lot. That's how I enjoy the winter weather. Comfy cozy clothes, a warm drink and something to do on the computer to keep me busy. ...

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COLD! COLD IT IS!
Posted Monday, January 18, at 12:39 PM

Oh my goodness it is COLD. Did you see snow last night? I didn't. But it was dark when I started looking. At any rate we are in the middle of a little winter weather here. So I hope everyone is bundled up. Stay that way all week. I did see a Facebook post from my friend Buddy who posted the temps in Minneapolis, MN this morning. -9. Yes minus. Minus anything is really really cold. Sort of makes it feel a little warmer here, doesn't it? Okay, maybe not...

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Sunshine Is Back
Posted Monday, January 11, at 1:23 PM

Hello, all! How is 2016 treating you so far? Still hanging in there with the new resolutions for the year? I am still holding on the positive affirmations. I am truly all of those things I tell myself I am and I am only telling myself I am positive. Only 354 more days to go. I do slip up occasionally, but I immediately back up and replace that negative with a positive...

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Looking Forward
Posted Monday, December 28, at 1:05 PM

It's the last Monday in 2015. Three more days and we will watch the ball drop in New York City, or the Moon Pie Drop in Mobile and we will officially put 2015 behind us and jump into 2016. I for one will be glad to put 2015 to rest and move forward. ...

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I Can Almost Hear the Sleigh Bells
Posted Monday, December 21, at 1:03 PM

Let's see now, today is Monday. There's tomorrow and then Wednesday and then IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS EVE!!!! If you haven't cleaned up your act by now your Santa's list is toast. Although, it never really hurts to grovel. Clean your room (and maybe the living room too), then ask real nice if there is anything else your parents would like for you to do. ...

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Christmas Approaches
Posted Monday, December 14, at 12:55 PM

Ten days from today we will be searching the skies for signs of a jolly old man in a sleigh with a magical bag of endless toys for children all over the world. I do that, you know. Every Christmas Eve I start looking out the window hoping to get a glimpse of those eight tiny reindeer with their world famous passenger. I have not yet seen him, but this year, this year we will have an almost full moon so . . . it could happen this year...

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Christmas Is In The Air
Posted Monday, December 7, at 12:50 PM

The sun is shining and the sky is clear. My dog is nagging me to take her for a walk and that doesn't sound like a bad idea. I know I brag about being a pluviophile (a lover of rain) and I am, but I can also appreciate the beauty of a soft sunny day, especially this time of year. Sparkling sunshine during the day and Christmas lights at night. Couldn't be much better...

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Watching The Year Wind Down
Posted Monday, November 30, at 2:19 PM

This is the last day of November. I think it has been the wettest November since I moved here. It's a good thing the cotton came in early or we would be adding the tears of cotton farmers to the rain accumulation. But we are good. I hear the farmers are pleased with this year's yield and the fields have all been put to bed so the rain isn't going to ruin the crops or cause problems in the fields. Hopefully they will just enhance the soil for next year's crops...

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The Season for Gratitude
Posted Monday, November 23, at 12:49 PM

Already we felt the first kiss of winter as the rain stopped on Saturday and the sky cleared to bring temperatures tumbling down, down, down into the 20s. Brrrrrrr! The air was so cool and fresh and clean smelling I wanted to breathe it all in, to feel it fill my lungs and seep into every crevice of my body. Surely it will purify and cleanse to my very soul. Now the sunshine is abundant and creating islands of warmth wherever it pools. I love Fall...

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The Spirit of Rector
Posted Monday, November 16, at 3:51 PM

This column is about Rector. You are bound to know how I feel about this little town, my home town, by now. Throughout the 50s and half the 60s it was the site of my most special week of the year. One single week each year I spent here, surrounded by family and love and fun and adventure. ...

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After Halloween
Posted Monday, November 2, at 1:56 PM

Like clock-work, the first Trick-or-Treater arrived at 4:58 and was followed by a few more and then more and then even more. There were pirates, parrots, police officers, prisoners (escaped, I suppose), princes and princesses. I saw Mutant Ninja Turtles, hobos, witches, Darth Vader of course and some seriously scary skeletons. ...

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Boo!
Posted Monday, October 26, at 1:50 PM

Oh my. Oh my. Do we ever have reason to be grateful! Hurricanes and flooding and earthquakes; there is hardly a day goes by anymore without us watching some catastrophe unfold around us. We have certainly been fortunate. Temperatures that scream "football weather" and some needed rain leave us with nothing about which we should complain...

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Cool
Posted Monday, October 19, at 12:21 PM

These cool nights have made for some good sleeping. And the days have been glorious! This is really my kind of weather. Knowing that all my friends in San Diego are still in the grasp of a sticky heat wave, has done nothing to dim my pleasure in our cool dry temperatures. ...

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Fall Is In The Air
Posted Monday, October 12, at 11:07 AM

Well, what do you think, folks? Have we seen the last of the savage summer? Are these fragrant cool days here to stay for a while? I hope so. Fall is my favorite season. The colors, the smells, the settling of the land, it's all like a big sigh to me. ...

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Cooling Off
Posted Monday, October 5, at 2:20 PM

We've enjoyed a bit of a cool down these past few days, even a shower or two, but now it's warming up again. That's the way with autumn. Cool fronts and warm fronts begin the graceful dance to win the weather of the moment selection. We are already seeing the fields put to bed and harvest is beginning, energy is high with farmers and ginners and football players and fans of all ages. ...

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The Pope Comes To Visit
Posted Monday, September 28, at 4:25 PM

What a week it has been. The Pope has been to our country. He has shown us a benevolent person, humble and caring, wise and strong, who presides from a place of love and opens his heart to everyone. He came with great knowledge, some earned from education and much accepted from his faith. ...

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Volunteer At The Rector Community Museum
Posted Monday, September 21, at 12:44 PM

I love this time of the year as Mother Nature starts changing colors and settling down for a winter's rest. No more blistering heat even if we are still going to have some weather tantrums of different sorts before long. One cool, dry, fragrant morning can make me forget the stress of summer in an instant. ...

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Looking Forward To Fall
Posted Monday, September 14, at 12:53 PM

Hello all. Labor Day is over now and we've enjoyed the regularly scheduled post Labor Day cool down and it looks like autumn is really on the way. We are beginning to see the fields turning in preparation for harvest. Leaves are hinting at bit of color and I am ready for the sights and smells of fall...

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The Best Labor Day Picnic Anywhere
Posted Monday, August 31, at 1:35 PM

Well, here it is: the week before Labor Day and the entire town of Rector is bustling with preparations for Rector's biggest weekend of the year. We are watching the weather reports each day hoping for a dry and not too hot weekend. People have already begun to trickle into town. Venues are booked for the class and family reunions. Plans for various activities and entertainment are underway and last minute cleanup is happening everywhere...

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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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