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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.

Fat-free foods offer healthy choices for snacking, but don't mess with the chips

February 18, 2014

In Kris Elliott's column this week, she offered some healthy tips for Super Bowl snacking.
Among other things, she noted that the Calorie Control Council and Snack food Association predicted that potato chips will account for 11 million pounds of snack food for the game's viewing audience today.
That's an awful lot of potato chips.

Now let's have one more look at that smile

February 18, 2014

Among the many rites of passage that youngsters experience is the one related to teeth.
I'm not talking about routine trips for dental care; I'm referring to braces.
If you're among the fortunate few born with perfectly aligned teeth, say a prayer of thanks. You missed a time that only those of us who have been there and done that can fully understand.
There's the basic discomfort the braces cause, but there's also the embarrassment. There was a long period when I refused to smile. Or if I did allow a grin to form, it happened only behind my hand.

Learning about the birds & bees out of classroom

February 18, 2014

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Sex education at one time was a controversial issue.
Truth be told, in my growing-up years, it was practically non-existent.
When I was in school, what little was said about the facts of life was incorporated into our science and biology classes. But this was a hit-and-miss approach at best. It pretty much was a topic not dwelt on in my childhood and adolescence.

Sugar and spice can turn into an exercise in spunk

January 14, 2014

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Remember the old nursery rhyme about little girls? "Sugar and spice and everything nice ... "
We've had a lot of attention on little girls in the newsroom lately with the arrival of Josh Briggs' and wife Christa's new daughter. We got daily bulletins on Brynlee long before her birth and they have continued since that historic day.
It's been fun because as a mother of a little girl (though she's all grown up now) who has three girls of her own (plus one lone boy) — and as a former little girl myself — I know quite a bit about the species.

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