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Why do nice guys finish last? The answer is pretty simple. The nice guys are last, because chances are they were too busy holding the door open for everyone else who finished before them. That’s probably an oversimplification of a metaphor, but honestly I don’t think it’s too far from the truth. 

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There are not a lot of good things I can say about Facebook, but it does allow you to keep in touch with family members who are far away, reconnect with people you may have genuinely lost touch with that matter to you, and it brings back reminders of times past that may have more meaning thr…

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I have begun to read stories of people who are actually losing their jobs because employers are mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, or who have tendered their resignations because of such an edict and are now actually without a job or income. In reading those stories, I found a serious amount o…

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One of the aspects of moving to a new community I frankly don’t like all that much is the process of finding a new church family. When I moved to Springfield from Arkansas a few years ago, it took me almost a full year to find a church where I felt like I belonged and could really dig in. 

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Budgeting is something we do, whether consciously or not everyday. We budget our money, we budget our time. We are taught or at least we should be taught how to budget things like money and time as we grow up.  

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It was 1988, I was 17, and I was an outcast. I was bullied, insulted, and undermined by kids I went to school with. I was left out of social circles and thought the people I went to school with would be significantly happier if I was dead. I honestly believed at the time if I did it, my form…

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One of the wonders of a child with autism is the way their mind works. Just when you think you have figured them out, they’ll say or do something that leaves you amazed.

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The  US Government has different color codes when the nation is attacked. Green is safe, orange means the area might be in danger, the state of New Jersey, on 9/11, was red. I was ten years old, listening to my teacher at the start of our history portion of the class when one of the 6th grad…

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This is what happened to me on 9-11-01.  I woke up at around 5:50 am Tuesday morning to beat the traffic into work. The first thing I remember about the day is that I went into the girls’ room to kiss Luann goodbye.  I kissed her on the head and expected her to wake up for a second and say g…

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My son, Eli, is on the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed at 18 months, so we were fortunate we were able to get him therapy which has helped him become moderately functioning. He can do many things for himself, but he will never be able to live completely on his own. 

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I traveled internationally for the first time going into my sophomore year of high school. I went with a group from my church, where I knew everyone, to Peru, where we spent about a week and a half. Smooth travels. 

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First and foremost, I want to make you aware of an item coming up for a vote at the next Board of Alderman meeting, on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. The Animal (PET) Ordinance is on the agenda for a final approval. We have appreciated your input during our three public town hall meetings. Please…

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While you’re reading this, I’m probably lying on a white sandy beach, as the ocean waves lap around my toes, with my new husband.

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In this day and age we are all constantly on our phones and our favorite technological device. I could never have imagined as a child that I would be able to carry a phone that would fit into my pocket with me wherever I went and have the instantaneous ability to talk or write to anyone anyw…

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I have a friend who, for all the years I’ve known them, holds an unshakable belief that our friends and family who shuffle off the mortal coil are still watching over us and if we pay attention, will communicate with us.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m not the most extroverted person and sharing who I am does not come easily to me. Thus my hesitation to write an editorial since starting this job in March. 

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I had no idea it would be the last time I would ever talk to my mother.

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The term masking up always makes me think of the superheroes that rush in to save the world from impending doom. Capes flying in the wind, and ordinary citizens welcoming someone braver, stronger, and with an exceptional moral compass to save the day.

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In March 2020, schools around the country shut down due to COVID-19 and parents everywhere were thrown into a new role as full time teachers. This put a strain on several parents that I know but some seemed to find joy in teaching their children that they had never had before. 

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I made the decision to get vaccinated for COVID- 19 as I have several underlying health conditions that have put me in the high risk category according to the CDC.

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I’m not much for making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not especially good at keeping them. I’m better at making life changes or keeping promises to myself if I make them at a time when it seems right, not on the date that just happens to start a new year.

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I first arrived in the Branson area in 1988. I have been a permanent resident of the Tri-Lakes area since 1992 and a resident of Branson proper since 1998. One thing that has been evident is that Veterans Day is a little different here.