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"My Little Pony" and My favorite denim dress

March 24, 2014

By Bobbye Pyke

This is the story of the denim dress that hangs in my closet. The denim dress with buttons down the front and tiers at the skirts so it flares out at the bottom. The denim dress that my mother bought for me because it looked so cute with my black cowboy boots. The denim dress that didn't even come with me when I moved to Arkansas because I am still afraid to wear it.

Teen throws terrible-2's tantrum

March 17, 2014

By: Bobbye Pyke

Money Talks

March 13, 2014

By Bobbye Pyke

Physical fitness invades office of Saline Courier

March 10, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

A renewed emphasis on healthy living currently prevails at the Saline Courier office.
This started when 11 employees bonded in an effort to reduce body mass index, lose weight and generally adapt a healthier way of living.
This is in marked contrast to the old days here when you could bring in anything close to edible, slap it down on a communal counter top and watch it start to disappear before you got back to your desk.

The Internship Lie

March 8, 2014

By Bobbye Pyke

Many people agree that an internship is a valuable and necessary part of an individual's career development. However, if you were in college before the 1980s, chances are you never did anything called interning. So how did interning become a supposed necessity for today's job seekers?

Lessons in free enterprise start in early years

March 3, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

When I was growing up in Eastern Arkansas, I had never heard of Junior Achievement. In fact, I was unfamiliar with this economic education program until recent years — or so I thought anyway.
Junior Achievement is noted for its role in imparting leadership and entrepreneurial skills to school children, which certainly sounds commendable in preparing kids for the workforce.

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Bad-hair day turns into a week of pain

February 25, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck
Whether bane or blessing, I was born with naturally curly hair.
Correction: Make that naturally wavy hair.
The result of such is that my hair has a mind of its own.
Theoretically, I could have a new hairdo every day — sometimes even changing at intervals throughout the day — although such is far from my intention.
As it is, every day is a surprise hair-wise, no matter what is done in an effort to make it do one way or another. This causes much frustration, to say the least.
I once said that if I were a hairstylist, I would change my phone number to 223-4247.

Could Arkansas 'Go Green?'

February 24, 2014

The past few years have been vitally important for supporters of legalizing marijuana. Both Colorado and Washington passed bills allowing legal recreational marijuana use in 2012 and public approval for legalization jumped above 50 percent in 2013. Sales began Jan. 1 of 2014 in Colorado and are due to start later this year in Washington. Twenty states as well as the District of Columbia already have medical marijuana laws. Alaskan voters will have their say on legalization for recreational use this summer. Oregon voters could also vote on the issue this year.

Valentine's Day stirs memories from childhood

February 18, 2014

My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is the part that involves children.
I know it's supposed to be the "day for lovers" and all that — and the flower shops revel in it, as they should — but the absolutely sweetest part of the holiday is seeing the little kids take pride in their Valentine cards.

Let the notes for the nation ring out true

February 18, 2014

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Last week, in advance of the big game, I noted that I'm not a fan of the Super Bowl. I'm in that minuscule minority of folks who had to check the newspaper to see who was playing. I didn't have a preference on the winner, so I was just as happy with the Seahawks winning as I would have been if the honor had gone to the Broncos.
That being said, I do have a verbal bouquet to pass out to the people who made the decision to ask a trained singer to do the national anthem this year.

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