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Drivetime Mahatma: Signs point to tall tale in warning

posted: 06/25/2016 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Oh Wise Abdul of Asphalt and Aggregate: Is there validity to the story, passed down by generations, that in the 1800s someone put a sign on the side of the Southwest Trail near the Red River crossing in Hempstead County? The sign said "Stop! Turn Around! There is nothing on the other side of this river but dry land and rattlesnakes. You will starve to death." What's on the other side? Why, Texas. -- Fifth Generation Arkansan

Bearing others' burdens

posted: 06/25/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The 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."


posted: 06/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I got a beautiful bougain-villea for my birthday in April, and I think I have been steadily killing it. It was in a small pot, and we hung it in the sun on a planter rod. It stayed that way until I moved it to where it does get some shade, then I fertilized it about two weeks later with Miracle-Gro, as I do with my other flowers. It then lost all its flowers. I looked it up online and saw it was recommended that lime be used, but the site did not say how much. Also, we have had so much rain and the online site also said the plant did not like "wet feet." I have repotted it into a larger pot, and it now looks like it might begin to produce a few flowers. If it needs lime, where do I get it? How much? It is my favorite flower.

Dear Abby: Friend's growing confusion could be sign of dementia

posted: 06/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have a good friend I have traveled with for many years. The last few years she has been showing increasing signs of confusion and forgetfulness. She has difficulty managing her paperwork for travel and remembering what our plans are for the next day.

Hog Calls: Satellite camps may change recruiting

posted: 06/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Because his excellent column in Sunday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette concerned drawbacks to this summer's satellite football camps, Rick Fires' subject changed direction from his lede.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Detroit cousins impressed, surprised by UA visit

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos' hard work persuaded two ESPN 300 prospects from Detroit to visit Fayetteville during the Razorbacks' three-day camp this past Sunday through Tuesday.

DEAR ABBY: Free food and internet keep son from fully moving out

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My 21-year-old son, "Evan," recently moved out to be with his girlfriend. They live in a small apartment and cannot afford a lot beyond the basics, including internet. They spend every moment at my house when they are not working. They use our internet, eat our food and drink our beverages. I know this may sound terrible, but I want my freedom!

A fighting chance

posted: 06/24/2016 2:13 a.m. Comments 4

Just a short week after Orlando, another assault weapon shooting was in the news much closer to home.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Coming up on the left

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

A lightly percolating question has arisen in Arkansas politics. It's whether a young Democrat named Conner Eldridge might actually make a race of his challenge to U.S. Sen. John Boozman.

DEAR ABBY: Patient is not proud to have weight announced out loud

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have fought obesity all of my adult life, and my weight has yo-yoed over the years. My problem is, when I go to the doctor's office and I am taken to the exam area, the scale is right out in the open where other patients come and go as well as all the office personnel.

Like It Is: WALLY HALL: Talking about softball, golf, written word

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Clint and Marla Albright have always had great softball tournaments that generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the central Arkansas area, and the 37th Busch Classic, July 1-3, will also be the most patriotic.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Commissioner a study in contrasts

posted: 06/23/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Emon Mahony will attend the last meeting of his seven-year term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Friday when the commission votes on chronic wasting disease regulations.

TV column: BattleBots, Big Brother back, so summer's here

posted: 06/23/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Think of it as professional wrestling. Only real.

DEAR ABBY: Woman can't end office affair until she regains self-worth

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I met "Edward" at work six years ago. We were instantly attracted to each other and soon began an affair. We are both married to others.

FRONT BURNER: Raspberry mixture makes sunny sauce

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I was shopping for blackberries, but it was the stacks of Sunshine and regular red raspberries that caught my eye.





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