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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Three Army Vets
Posted Saturday, December 13, at 1:22 PM
In 1999, I tracked down a couple of guys I spent two years with in the Army back in the late 1960s. One (a former New York City slicker) lived in rural Georgia and the other (originally from Columbia, Missouri) lived in Austin, Texas. Since my place was approximately an equal distance from the two guys, I invited them to northern Arkansas for a weekend visit. They've been coming here on occasion ever since to participate in our impromptu Army reunion...

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Sixty Years Ago -- 1955
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 12:25 PM

According to Chinese Astrology, 1955 was the Year of the Goat -- sixty years later, 2015 will also be the Year of the Goat. Those born in the Year of the Goat are serene, mild-mannered and shy -- most likely because they like spending much time in their own thoughts. 1955 was the year Steve Jobs (Apple Computer founder), Bill Gates (Microsoft founder), Mark David Chapman (killed John Lennon) and John Hinckley (attempted to assassinate President Reagan) were born...

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Movie Role Quiz
Posted Saturday, November 29, at 6:34 PM

Select the actor/actress who uttered the following line and the name of the movie 1) "Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia." A) Montgomery Cliff B) Bob Hope C) Paul Newman D) Ann Baxter E) Sylvester Stallone...

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Junk Science
Posted Saturday, November 22, at 2:06 PM

In 2001-2007, I wrote a weekly column for a couple of newspapers in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In December of 2005, I wrote a column titled "Black Gold" pointing out that global warming may or may not exist, and if it does exist it may or not be caused by human beings (greenhouse gas emissions), depending on which scientific study you believed. I remained neutral in the presentation and didn't endorse one side or the other...

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Rich Fictional Characters
Posted Tuesday, November 18, at 5:29 PM

Forbes Magazine published a list of the 15 richest fictional characters -- if this is important to you, you need to get a new life. 1) Santa Claus -- This fat, jolly toy maker lives at the North Pole with a wife, a bunch of elves and some flying reindeer. ...

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11/11 -- Veterans Day
Posted Monday, November 10, at 1:49 PM

November 11 is Veterans Day. The war to end all wars officially ended at 11:00 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month -- 11/11 at 11 AM -- it would later be called World War I. The following list reflects the number of Americans who gave their lives for their country...

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The Year of the Sheep -- 1967
Posted Friday, October 31, at 2:35 PM

According to Chinese New Year tradition, 1967 was the Year of the Sheep. Looking back on it, it seems appropriate for my ordeal at the time. In April of 1966, I was drafted into the U.S. Army, for compulsory two years of military service, during what was referred to as the Vietnam Conflict...

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Dogs and People
Posted Monday, October 20, at 6:01 PM

"The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." Johnny Depp In July of 2014, a friend of mine in Canada sent me some information on an animal shelter in Roswell, New Mexico, where "the police have now taken over the animal shelter and every day at 8 am, they are randomly selecting 6 or 8 dogs to kill, Because they can. Not because they are sick, or old,, or anything..no criteria, puppies,"...

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Journey of the Soul
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 3:17 PM

Dr. Michael Newton has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a certified Master Hypnotherapist. He is a pioneer in examining the mystery of our existence in the spirit world after our life on Earth and has developed his own age-regression techniques in order to take his subjects beyond past life memories into their experience in the spiritual realm between lives...

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Skipping the Light Fandango
Posted Monday, October 6, at 3:18 PM

Poetry is ingenious, preposterous, whimsical and profound. It doesn't even have to make sense to be good because somewhere, someone will comprehend it. Clearly, songwriters are the poets of our time. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid...

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Global Death Cult
Posted Saturday, September 27, at 11:50 AM

Most modern religions are the result of claimed channeled material, which are thoughts believed to be outside a person's conscious mind, conveyed by a person who speaks for non-physical beings or spirits. In the year 610 AD, the prophet Muhammad received a divine message from Allah to start a new religion. It would be called Islam...

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1962 -- Special Slice of Time
Posted Monday, September 15, at 10:48 AM

Robbnsdale, Minnesota, is a suburb of Minneapolis. Robbinsdale High School had students from various NW suburbs -- Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Golden Valley, Plymouth, New Hope and Robbinsdale. It's where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average -- or maybe that was Lake Wobegon and we were just a slew of regular humanoids...

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Reaching the Future
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 1:27 PM

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to prolong reaching the future. I remember my fourth grade teacher giving us a glimpse of the future. We were told that things would be so modernized when we grew up that we would have much more free time on our hands than our parents...

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The Key to Happiness
Posted Sunday, August 31, at 11:30 AM

Algeria is a country on the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa. Algiers is the capitol city. In 1830, the local ruler in Algiers got into a heated argument with the French consul and struck him with his flywhisk. The king of France, Charles X, decided to do something rather un-French -- he decided to retaliate with a show of force...

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Keeping Tabs on Cholesterol
Posted Sunday, August 17, at 3:49 PM

Cholesterol is a waxy substance (a form of protein) found among the fats (lipids) in the bloodstream and in all of your body's cells. It's used to form and repair cell membranes, and needed for other important bodily functions. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep cholesterol from building up in arteries. The buildup of cholesterol impairs the flow of blood, possibly leading to a heart attack or stroke...

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August 10, 2014 -- Super Moon
Posted Tuesday, August 5, at 3:43 PM

On August 10, 2014, there will be a full moon. This full moon will be the closest moon encounter with Earth in 2014, thus it will appear to be the largest full moon of the year. It's called a super moon, the closest moon of 2014. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than other full moons in 2014...

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New Technologies
Posted Sunday, July 27, at 12:09 PM

When I was in college in the 1960s, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I read an article about computers becoming one of the emerging new technologies and that there would soon be a big demand for programmers. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative so I decided to become a computer programmer...

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Mysterious Lost Island
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 3:14 PM

In December of 1980, a number of U.S. military personnel, including airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, were stationed at the Woodbridge Royal Air Force base in Britain. At the time, the installation was being used by the U.S. Air Force. On December 26, military personnel spotted strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base's boundary. ...

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The Last Code Talker
Posted Sunday, June 15, at 7:51 PM

On June 4, 2014, Chester Nez passed on to the Great Beyond at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 93. He was the last remaining of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. He had been recruited as a teenager in 1942 by the U.S. Marine Corps and assigned to the 382nd Platoon at Camp Pendleton on the southern California coast during World War II...

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Comprehending Women
Posted Monday, June 2, at 3:54 PM

According to Tequila Mockingbird, my imaginary girlfriend, the book of Genesis is missing a few details. When Adam was hanging around the Garden of Eden, feeling a bit lonely, God decided to create a companion for him called woman. "She will be very pretty and eager to please you," God told Adam. ...

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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