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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
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Really trying to be okay with this...
I have never been one to see tons of things in my life about which to gloat..except for this one thing (okay and some other things too, but there's only this one that I want to talk about right now)...how well my kid has slept since she was born. It took hard work from pretty much the day we brought her home from the hospital, but within a few months she was sleeping like a champ for eight solid hours, and then 12...

Coping with death and grief
Sooner or later everyone will experience that gut wrenching, dagger in the heart type of pain called grief. I have dealt with it myself on a personal level, sometimes with family members who have lived a long fulfilled life, and other times with very young untimely and completely unexpected death. ...
A little birthday love letter...
Dear Zoe Faith, Today you turn two years old, and you are at the same time both so big and so small that I can't wrap my brain around it - just depends on the lenses I'm viewing you through at the time. For nine months two years ago, I carried you. I was not, as our family and friends will likely tell you one day, the kind of woman who carried a baby with the most ease or grace, but I never regretted one nausea-filled day...
And we have jumped from ice to tornadoes
The weather in Arkansas is unpredictable at best, and once again we have proved that by jumping from ice storms and weather in the teens to a chance of tornadoes in less than two weeks. As you know, I have to write this column a couple of days before it runs, and as with all things weather in Arkansas the forecast may change back to snow in that time period, but since as I am writing the forecast calls for a good chance of severe weather tonight (Tuesday), I thought maybe it was time to dust off the old tornado/severe weather safety tips.. ...
Blytheville is the best town on earth
Sometimes a person's quick wit isn't funny at all, in fact, sometimes it is down right proof of ignorance and quite offensive. Mr. Blant Hurt, a "businessman and resident of Jonesboro" and respected writer opined an opinion piece in the Feb. 2 edition of the Jonesboro Sun entitled "Our Sun King Mayor."...

Books on a desert island
Special guest commentary by Mississippi County Library Director Kevin Barron It should not be a surprise for me to say that I am a book person! After all, most librarians still are. Not that we sit around all day reading or anything like that. But, just for fun, I have thought over the years about what books I would take if I were stranded on an island somewhere. ...
Publication change moved to March
Because of some circulation issues, the new Courier News publication schedule will begin in March, not February as originally planned. I won't bore you with the details, but to put it mildly the process is quite involved and requires more than just punching a few buttons...

A look ahead to special session
To the casual observer, the major political issues of 2016 will be about budgets and spending. But if you look more closely, you'll notice that elected officials reveal their true political opinions when they debate and vote on money matters. The legislature will convene in fiscal session on April 13 to approve budgets for all state agencies, and to approve funding of public schools, colleges and universities. ...
Sausage-making City Council
"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made," Otto von Bismarck. I unreservedly advise any person desirous of public office, particularly a position on the city council, to first sit through all budget hearings before deciding to run. Your eyes WILL be opened!...
The thing about being without water...
A week ago last Sunday, I was just getting everything on the stove to make lunch, when I went to turn on the water and there wasn't any. Because it was so cold, I checked the faucets in the other rooms in case the pipes were frozen, but there was no water throughout the house. I told hubby Steve the water was off, then went back into the kitchen and finished making lunch...
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