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Special to the Democrat-Gazette/JERRY BUTLER
Water cascades over the body of an olive green sparrow as it bathes in a puddle.

PHOTO BY Special to the Democrat-Gazette/JERRY BUTLER Water cascades over the body of an olive green sparrow as it bathes in a puddle.

Baths soothe ruffled feathers

Although adults know better than to attribute human feelings to animals, it's hard not to believe that birds are playing when they splash about in a puddle after a summer rain. They look happy. And they might be, but they're also bathing. Birds do bathe themselves, and not just in water. Like humans...

Hard, cold facts

Nothing has had a greater impact on modern Arkansas and the South than air conditioning. As historian Raymond Arsenault wrote: "Air conditioning has changed the Southern way of life, influencing everything from architecture to sleeping habits.''

IN THE GARDEN

Q I have three miniature gardenia bushes that are blooming for the second time. I have been around gardenias all my life and have never known gardenias to bloom twice. We have had these shrubs for about five years, and they have never done this before. Do you suppose the weird weather we have been ...

Baths soothe ruffled feathers

Although adults know better than to attribute human feelings to animals, it's hard not to believe that birds are playing when they splash about in a puddle after a summer rain.

New teacher welcomes new pupils to ‘Day One’

The rising sun illuminates a rainbow arched over Interstate 630 as Laura Hope drives to Forest Heights STEM Academy on the first day of her new 5:30 a.m. routine.

Turn Labor Day into Meatless Monday with vegetarian fare

A summer of cookouts and potlucks provides countless opportunities for smoky grilled burgers, skewers and hot dogs. American classics reign, typically topped with ketchup and mustard and -- relished.

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