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Gifts to Avoid for Christmas
I'm not advocating that you don't buy any gifts this year. What I'm saying is, there are inappropriate gifts you should not buy. They are "do not buy" gifts. Husbands should not buy a Swiffer for his wife. No matter that the advertisements tout it as the greatest cleaning mop in the history of our nation; it is not what your wife wants to unwrap this Christmas...
Books and Other Ideas
It's said that Santa is trimming his inventory due to the economy. Many shoppers will be trimming their shopping lists because many are out of jobs, broke this Christmas season. Those who have been naughty might get a bag of coal or nothing at all. Each year I agonize, well, maybe fret is a better word, over what I will buy for my kids and family members. I wander aimlessly around stores seeking something I think they might like...
The Parakeet and the President
Strange how history repeats itself. Fifty years ago my husband and I were in a pet store on Division Street in Blytheville looking at parakeets for sale. I was entertaining buying a parakeet for myself. It was a pretty blue one that took my eye. Suddenly a man entered the store and announced, "The president has been shot."...
Counting Our Beatitudes
It's time to count our beatitudes. Each Thanksgiving we pause, remembering our blessings. Charles Dickens said, "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not our your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Yes, we could focus on the bad things, on the fiscal cliff, on high unemployment, on home foreclosures and government failures...
Crafting For Christmas
Thanksgiving isn't here yet but Christmas is everywhere. We have to start now to get ready for Santa's reindeer ride. With the economy still in a slump, there might be more crafted items this year. How about homemade candles? A couple in Batesville set up a candlemaking shop in their garage and began peddling their wares...
He Was A Vietnam POW
James Lollar was guest speaker at the Blytheville Air Force Base Vets Group 7th annual reunion held in Blytheville Most of those attending were United States Air Force veterans. They were welcomed by Master of Ceremonies Wally Thomas, also a veteran...
It's All About Beards
By the time this article hits print, the World Series 2013 will likely be over. But this article isn't about winning or losing. It's about beards. It seems that beards are cropping out all over. Each of the Boston Red Sox players sport beards that are an icon for unity...
Surviving Ovarian Cancer
Much has been written about breast cancer. But not so much about ovarian cancer. When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 1994, there weren't many survivors. It was almost a death sentence. I had some symptoms but I didn't know what ovarian cancer symptoms were. I didn't personally know anyone who had ovarian cancer or who had survived...
Wear Something Gaudy
Did you ever go to your closets and start looking for a certain blouse or sweater to wear, then find something that you forgot you had bought earlier and it still had the price tags on it? And so you wore that item instead of the garment you first looked for?...
A Technological Ignoramus
There was this guy who took his Weed Eater back to the home-and-garden store to get it fixed. He was asked if he wanted to wait until the job was done. "How long will it take?" he asked. The clerk answered, "A day or two." That made me think about my own experience...
Erma, A Witty Woman
Erma Bombeck was my favorite humorist. She wrote over a dozen bestsellers and I have half of them. The pages are yellowed and worn because I read them more than once. She was touted one of the greatest humorists America had produced in 50 years. Erma wrote books, magazine articles, and became a syndicated columnist. Also, she was a correspondent on Good Morning, America for 11 years...
Three Little Words: Made Somewhere Else
I found a bargain the other day. I was so proud. It was a nice pantsuit. The original price was $79 but, of course, I didn't pay that. It had been marked down twice and I was prepared to pay the markdown price of $20. Then as I walked toward the checkout, a lady heading for the door handed me a 30 percent off coupon good for that shopping day only...