Mike Masterson

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Look what lies ahead

Subscriber onlyMost of us boomers and beyond were raised with dial phones, Kodak film cameras, stick shifts, TV antennas and Encyclopedia Britannica. Continue reading...

Drill, baby, drill

Conflicting aims

Subscriber onlyI've never believed anyone can effectively serve two masters. Continue reading...

Brighter tiles

In Wally World

Subscriber onlyConventional wisdom says those who write for a living are best served by choosing subjects they know through experience. Continue reading...

Bearing others' burdens

Subscriber onlyThe website Seven Reflections says the mythical name Merlin means one who "can carry on for others with joy ... a receptive nature and may bear burdens for others." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: On the Buffalo

Subscriber onlyFeedback keeps streaming in about that hog factory at Mount Judea. I'd asked readers if they were bored with the controversy. Here are edited examples of only a few responses from across Arkansas: Continue reading...

Letter to my dad

On Father’s Day

Subscriber onlyDear Dad--Although you've been gone for 36 years, I have the distinct sensation you still can understand this message on Father's Day. Yeah, I'm funny that way, I'll admit. Continue reading...

Replacing worn parts

Subscriber onlyAs with old cars, we aging humans often need parts replaced. So it was in 2003 when, at age 53, osteoarthritis in my right hip finally caught up to much earlier athletic years. The option at that point was to live out life in pain with pills or exchange it. I'm thankful I chose replacement. Continue reading...

Round-two win

Subscriber onlyYou might have heard the strains of distant cheering the other day after the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., overturned a lower court's dismissal of the long-running case of Conway mother and entrepreneurial businesswoman Rhea Lana Riner. Continue reading...

Losing a son

Delay and agony

Subscriber onlyI see that Circuit Judge John Langston granted the prosecution's request to delay for months the negligent-homicide case against suspended Circuit judge Wade Naramore of Garland County. Continue reading...

Bidding a farewell

Subscriber onlyIt seemed appropriate that sprinkles drifted from gunmetal clouds as the auctioneer's chatter rose above the din from a crowded lawn. Continue reading...

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