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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
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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Vacation Time
Posted Monday, July 11, at 2:13 PM

Good day all! First of all, I must give my excuse for not having a column last week. I was out of town on my annual pilgrimage to my friends' reunion. Once again we gathered on the porch overlooking Lake Carnelian in Minnesota and gorged ourselves on food, beverage and conversation. ...

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Independence Day
Posted Monday, June 27, at 3:50 PM

Well hello everyone. I guess summer is really here. I am going to put my winter weather clothes away -- again. I am seeing FaceBook posts about the river and the beaches and people who have never been camping before are off for their maiden camping experience. I'm thinking it might have been better to ease into it when the temperatures were a bit milder, but hey. Maybe we will have some entertaining stories out of it...

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Celebrate Fathers
Posted Monday, June 20, at 1:27 PM

Hello everyone. I hope you all celebrated Father's Day in grand style. Scrolling through FaceBook it would seem so. Fathers were celebrated, young and old, near and far. Being raised at a time when children were still considered to be "woman's work" by many, the sight of daddies pushing strollers in the mall today gives me a thrill. Dads throwing a ball with their kids warms my heart. Reading the things written yesterday about fathers was wonderful...

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A Sad Day
Posted Monday, June 13, at 1:22 PM

Greetings readers. I hope this day finds you well. For many it is not a good day. I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to everyone who has been touched by the shooting in Orlando over the weekend. It is another incredibly sad day for America...

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Memorial Day
Posted Monday, May 30, at 12:28 PM

Good morning. Today is Memorial Day 2016. It is the day we have set aside to honor our fallen soldiers. Throughout the years, since the civil war we have used this day to pay our respect to those who cannot celebrate with us. Every year we have added more names to the list. ...

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Look Out For Storms
Posted Monday, May 23, at 9:07 AM

Good day everyone. I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather today because tomorrow promises to reintroduce us to Arkansas summer. Muggy and hot with thunderstorms and it is sticking around for the rest of the week. I am going to miss these cool dry mornings...

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Summer Vacation
Posted Monday, May 16, at 1:01 PM

It is the 16th of May already. This month is half over and the entire is almost half gone. What happened to the first half of 2016? Summer weather is still merely teasing us and that's okay with me. There are many things I love about summertime, but the grueling heat is not among them. We've certainly had a lot of rain this year, better for the flowers I suppose, but I am not sure the farmers are happy that they lose so much field time when the fields are wet...

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Graduations
Posted Monday, May 9, at 12:59 PM

Good Day everyone. I hope you enjoyed the nice weather we had this past weekend. I think we are heading into some weather excitement this evening. Everyone stay alert and stay safe. This past week has been pretty nice. A little warm up was a good thing. I still got to leave the windows open although my allergies are beginning to kick in. I am going to hold out a little longer so if you hear me sneezing repeatedly, blame it on Mother Nature...

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May Days
Posted Monday, May 2, at 12:47 PM

Well, it's gone. The first one third of 2016 is history. We can't say it has been dull or boring. With the turbulent weather world-wide, the national political scene, and even some new things happening around downtown Rector, these past four months have gone by pretty quickly. And now it's May already. The yards are getting colorful and the end of the school year is right around the corner...

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Welcome Charlie Crow
Posted Monday, April 25, at 12:58 PM

Another beautiful day is ours to enjoy. We have had an extremely lovely weekend and I think I can safely put most of my winter clothes away for the summer and take the comforter off the bed. I'm telling you this so you will know that it is totally my fault if we get a freak cold snap in the next few days. ...

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Moving Toward Summer
Posted Monday, April 18, at 2:08 PM

The weather's finally getting warmer and staying that way. It's going to be 80 here in the next day or two. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Trees are leafing out, flowers are blooming and it's warm without being brutally hot. Hopefully we won't see any dangerous storms pop up. The out of doors is looking like the best place to be...

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Mood Swings of Mother Nature
Posted Monday, April 11, at 10:51 AM

Well, geeze! Yesterday started out with a little rain early in the morning and then some sunshine and then I heard the wind pick up. Thought I saw some smoke in the air and then the weather alert went off. I believe this was the first full-fledged dust storm I have seen since I moved back here 22 years ago. ...

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Rector Roots
Posted Monday, April 4, at 1:50 PM

Oh what a beautiful morning. We have had some gorgeous days haven't we? Our little reward for the ugly storms early last week, I suppose. There was a lot of flooding. Basements do not fare well in heavy rains like we had. Even so we were spared the destruction of tornadoes. My heart goes out to those who lost so much...

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Easter
Posted Monday, March 28, at 2:22 PM

Hello everyone, I hope you had a marvelous Easter weekend. There was certainly enough going on to keep everyone entertained and no one should be hungry. And the weather was pretty much perfect in spite of dire predictions from the weatherman. Well, maybe a little windy, but mostly perfect...

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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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