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The Paxton Family remembers

Tomorrow, on Memorial Day we will remember the soldiers who fell in battle to protect our freedoms. One of those who remembers is Lester Paxton Jr. His uncles and father Lester Paxton Sr. fought in World War II. Paxton Jr. … Continue reading

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John R. Rice Revival results in 50th anniversary

Posing for their golden wedding anniversary picture they knew they could never claim to have lived in perpetual wedded bliss. Still through thick and thin they had clocked 50 years except for one year that no one ever spoke about. … Continue reading

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From Trash to Kit Bash

My eyes crossed counting tiny plastic pieces from the tattered, dirty box holding an unfinished plastic model I had rescued it from the trash. I cautioned any Ebay bidder, “looks like all the pieces but no guarantees.” One person made … Continue reading

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Everyone loves a winner

The lady pushing a full grocery cart grinned at me, “Did you text for the discount?” “My daughter made me do it. I got $5.” “I got $25!” she announced triumphantly. “There’s a lady loading up on landscaping. She got … Continue reading

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Fancy Shmancy SUV

One grinning husband stepped out of the silver SUV. He had found a vehicle big enough to carry everything we once had in the back of our now wrecked van. SUV looked fine to me. I wanted to load up … Continue reading

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Stay-cation in St. Louis

 Sweets, sights and service in St. Louis inspired Sam’s parents to stay home and vacation during spring break this year.  Inside the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate factory a sign cautioned, “Shhh. The Oompah Loompahs are sleeping.” Sam, 8, sniffed the rich … Continue reading

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Picker estate sale

Tucked back in the dusty attic beneath a trash bag lay a plastic Winchester toy rifle from the 1960s. Heat had melted a hole on its barrel and sealed the end of the barrel, but the gun still cocked and … Continue reading

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Come in from the cold, rest and have supper

The cold, wet rain sent the homeless who sleep outside over to a local church in search of a warm night in the gym with a mat and a blanket. This night the rich smell of baked chicken, black-eyed peas … Continue reading

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Whipping up a picnic

Mom could whip up a picnic in a blink of an eye. That’s what I thought before I grew old enough to help her whip up one of those picnics. With my dad’s yen for just hopping in the car … Continue reading

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I will always write back: penpals

Change happens when we look through a window into another person’s life. The authors of the auto-biography “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” tells the tale of teenagers discovering diverse worlds through their letters as … Continue reading

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