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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...

Dogpatch pipe dream

Need Morris magic

Subscriber onlyAny valued reader happen to have a couple million handy to purchase a dilapidated, 400-acre theme park in the Ozarks? Continue reading...

Whistle-blowin’ watchdog

Burdens lifted

Subscriber onlyI've still never met George Braswell, the heavy equipment operator for Washington County who blew the whistle on improperly built bridges and raised questions about the backwards way the county was moving to purchase dirt for road building. Continue reading...

The Lipscomb travails

Subscriber onlyThe seemingly endless travails of former Rogers City Attorney and prosecutor Ben Lipscomb got a little uglier the other day, if that was even possible. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: On the hog factory

Opinions differ

Subscriber onlyIt's become apparent in light of two editorials published by the newspaper that a number of my valued readers are confused by the difference in tone and approach between what I express in my column and the newspaper's opinions about coverage of the controversial C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea. Continue reading...

Wildlife officers

Unsung heroes

Subscriber onlyI've always pictured wildlife officers pretty much as uniformed citation writers who collect fines for the Arkansas Department of Game and Fish. Continue reading...

Back to the lake

Subscriber onlyThe four of us lifelong friends had a difficult time dealing with the reality. Has it been nearly 20 years since we began pilgrimaging for a weekend on Ken Reeves' houseboat on Bull Shoals? Surely someone miscounted. Continue reading...

Commencement address

Getting schooled

Subscriber onlyThe sanctuary in Little Rock's Fellowship Bible Church was steadily filling to capacity. The church was far beyond what I expected after strolling into its multilevel auditorium to deliver the commencement address to graduates of the program administered by the Home Educators of Greater Little Rock. Continue reading...

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