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posted: 12/11/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off is about not sending back an RSVP for seated events.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/11/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your interests combine perfectly with those of another this first season of your solar return, together you'll weave a beautiful result.

On Christianity

posted: 12/11/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I am living temporarily in your country while I attend graduate school. Please explain Christmas to me. I thought it was supposed to be a religious holiday, but from what I saw last year, I guess I am wrong.

DEAR ABBY: Years of bailouts fail to help sister who's drowning in debt

posted: 12/11/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My only sister has been "borrowing" money from me every month for years. She has a ton of credit card debt and cannot afford to meet her monthly financial obligations.

Let It Snow!

posted: 12/10/2017 5 a.m. Discuss

It's softer to fall on than hard-pack snow.

PHOTOS: After 9,000 emcee gigs in 48 years, THV's Craig O'Neill retires from philanthropic events

updated: 12/11/2017 2:40 p.m. Comments 9

The spotlight dimmed. Waiters cleared the tables. Craig has left the building.

Local (holiday) heroes: Arkansans Tav Falco and Geoff Curran have new Christmas albums

posted: 12/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It's tempting to describe new Christmas recordings by rock iconoclast Tav Falco and Mulehead drummer Geoff Curran in terms such as retro, rockabilly, surf, Americana.

Susan Weinstein

posted: 12/10/2017 2:31 a.m. Discuss

In the 1960s and ’70s, while Sue Weinstein was earning her doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at Cornell University, she had a part-time job that was, you might say, a “waste” of time.

STANDING FOR SOMETHING: To give thanks

posted: 12/10/2017 2:29 a.m. Gallery Discuss

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." So the saying goes.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: When opposites attract, results are marriage

posted: 12/10/2017 2:28 a.m. Discuss

When Tiffinie Recla walked into the student union where Mark Martin was playing pool, he suddenly became less focused on his next shot and more focused on whether he might have a shot at a date with her.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 12/10/2017 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Q I was recently divorced from a marriage of 18 years. We have one son, now away at college. With Christmas right around the corner, I'm wondering if it's proper to continue giving birthday gifts and/or Christmas gifts to my ex-mother in-law, ex-brother and sister in-laws, young ex-nieces, and nephews? They were family for so long; it seems strange to no longer be in contact around the holidays. What's good ex-etiquette?

A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT: Benevolent brunch

posted: 12/10/2017 2:26 a.m. Gallery Discuss

After pausing for an elegant celebration of its 60th anniversary in 2016, the Little Rock Chapter of The Links Inc. resumed its traditional Holiday Jazz Brunch. The 45th annual event took place Dec. 2 at the Metroplex in Little Rock.

MALE CALL: Double-breasted blazer can be updated by tailor

posted: 12/10/2017 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Q. Is there a difference in formality between double-breasted and single-breasted suits and blazers? I think double breasted is more formal and I was thinking a double-breasted blazer I have in my closet might be a good choice for my office Christmas luncheon since it is not a suit, but is dressy. Am I wrong?

MERRY, MERRY MAYORS: Mayoral event lauds Stodola as League of Cities spokesman

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Trapnall Hall was filled Nov. 29 with Little Rock mayors -- six of them to be precise.

READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP: Filmmaker's movie gets state premiere

posted: 12/10/2017 2:24 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Kyle T. Miller is more than just the director of the Helena Cultural Center over in Arkansas' Delta region. He's also a talented playwright and filmmaker with a newly released movie that is making some waves.

O CHRISTMAS TREE: New holiday tradition begun with tree lighting ceremony

posted: 12/10/2017 2:24 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A large crowd gathered in downtown Little Rock on Nov. 20 to kick off a new tradition -- the lighting of a giant Christmas tree on the newly refurbished Capitol Plaza. Gabe Holstrom, executive director of the Downtown Partnership, which hosted the event, estimates the attendance for Bright the Night at nearly 1,000.

THE ELITE MEET: L'Elite celebrates 37 years nurturing college students

posted: 12/10/2017 2:23 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A close-knit group gathered Nov. 21 at the Butcher Shop to celebrate the founding of a club born in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected president, the Pac-Man game was created, Mount St. Helens blew her top and oh yeah, nothing came between Brooke Shields and her Calvin Kleins.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Our House benefit gala honors family, ex-director

posted: 12/10/2017 2:23 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It was an evening to celebrate on Dec. 1 at Home for the Holidays benefiting Our House. The gala was held in the ballroom of Robinson Center.

Dear Abby: Dad wants time to himself; kids want him in their lives

posted: 12/10/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I joined the Navy after I learned I was becoming a father. I didn't want to be a husband or father, but I did both. In 2010, my wife died. My feelings about being a husband and father never changed.

Kelsey Anne Bradley - Bryce Edwards Kidd

posted: 12/10/2017 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Kelsey Anne Bradley and Bryce Edwards Kidd were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Fellowship Bible Church. Mark Henry officiated.

Dr. Lindsay Ragan Cadorette - Dr. Jason Nicholas Arthur

posted: 12/10/2017 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Lindsay Ragan Cadorette and Dr. Jason Nicholas Arthur were united in marriage in a beachfront ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Vero Beach, Fla. The Rev. Fred Ball of San Damiano Ecumenical Catholic Church in Little Rock officiated

Caitlyn Elizabeth Brune - Seth William Buckman

posted: 12/10/2017 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Caitlyn Elizabeth Brune became the bride of Seth William Buckman at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in St Benedict's Catholic Church, Subiaco. Monsignor Francis Malone of Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock officiated.

LET'S TALK: 'I'm sorry' is season's greeting

posted: 12/10/2017 2:17 a.m. Discuss

If you're like me, you're wondering who else in high profile, high-dollar arenas might be cringing in fear that their past sexual harassment/assault crimes will be revealed.

On Books: Clean off shelves, stuff the stockings

posted: 12/10/2017 2:16 a.m. Discuss

I gave away a few thousand books this fall, mostly to the Central Arkansas Library System but to a few other institutions and individuals as well, clearing out more than half of our shelf space and physically and psychically lightening the burden that pins us to the world. I feel good about it now, though I admit it was difficult to begin the process. I have always lived with walls of books, and stripping the cases in my office at first felt dangerously wrong.

The TV Column: Frozen airing on ABC: Don't let it go unwatched

posted: 12/10/2017 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Tonight's the night, fellow Arkansans. Gather the kiddies and/or grandkiddies and settle in for the singalong. Or simply enjoy it by yourself.

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