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Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
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Super Bowl spectacle just a few days away
It's only a few days before Super Bowl XLIX, and I haven't really decided if I'm going to watch the game or not.
Toddler bed sparks new anxieties for dad
For the past few months, Ashley has been talking to me about the next major change for Caroline in a seemingly unending line of major changes.
Sunday's Super Bowl has a Blytheville connection
The big story this Super Bowl week is "Deflategate" or however one wants to term the New England Patriots' use of under-inflated balls in their AFC title game rout of Indianapolis.
Solving the great grape dilemma
If you follow my column, you know I have grown grapes for a number of years.
None of the furniture is safe ...
So for the last month or so, my house has been a constant flurry of repainting, redecorating, rearranging, throwing out, boxing up and general changing of everything.
Computer games offer life lessons
On any given weekend these days, you can find my 12-year-old son, Drew, spending hours upon hours playing on the computer. I suppose there are some folks who might have a problem with that.
Is there a ghost in my house?
I don't believe in ghosts -- really, I don't -- but I am almost completely convinced that our cat, Lucy, can see, well, something the rest of us can't see. In fact, I think the cat and Caroline might be teaming up to somehow combat these unseen visitors ... that I totally don't believe in.
Sportsplex is ideal venue for state tournaments
The Gosnell and Armorel School Districts deserve credit for going after and getting two of the four state baseball/softball tournaments that they bid on last week in Little Rock.
I squish spiders now, too ...
Disclaimer: I promise, friends, to not allow this to become "Shannon's Divorce Column." I will try to pepper in more of my normal stuff here and there; that being said, this is where I am right now and what I'm going through is a life-altering event.

GUEST COMMENTARY: An open letter to my son, a first-year medical student
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared in The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society. I am proud that you chose to study medicine and apprentice in my field. Medicine, as with all things, is easy if you approach it with ease. "Do no harm'" is the first dictum. "Do unto others as you have them do unto you'" and "love thy patients as you love yourself for they are your neighbors'" are higher principles...
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