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Frost Protection via Amazon.com

Changes in consumer shopping habits have forever altered the face of the retail experience. Amazon has led the way with it's Prime subscription. With it, many items we would typically buy in brick and mortar stores can instead be delivered to our door for the same price and quite often for even less. While businesses grapple to deal with the new reality, one unforeseen consequence is the pile of cardboard in my … [Read More...]

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It Appears There Aren’t Enough New Cars in Berryville

The residents of Berryville are not buying new cars and it's having a negative impact on the tax base for the town. Now there's an economic indicator if there ever was one. On Wednesday the town council met to discuss their proposed budget for 2015 and there is a … [Read More...]

Business

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Heartbleed Forces Mental Reset

Heartbleed has us living on a bubble.  Our internet comfort zone has been compromised and now is the time to get your passwords in order before the bubble bursts. The new vulnerability attacks the most sensitive data that users entrust to the internet by exploiting … [Read More...]

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Study Shows Surprising Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk

For many children eating school lunch, chocolate milk is a favorite choice. What would happen if chocolate milk were banned from school cafeterias? "Students take 10% less milk, waste 29% more and may even stop eating school meals," says Andrew … [Read More...]

In the Garden

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Implements of Destruction

In the 23 minute satirical song "Alice's Restaurant,"  Arlo Guthrie makes mention of having to clean up a pile of trash with "implements of destruction."  It was a term I became instantly fond of because the line between productive work and wanton destruction can be … [Read More...]

Reading

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Animal Farm – Pick It Up Again

Arriving home late one evening I sat at the kitchen table eating a warmed up plate of food when I spied a little paperback perched on a pile of papers. I flipped it over to see, Animal Farm by George Orwell. It seems my teenage daughter was supposed to have read the … [Read More...]

Faith

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Come Apart or Come Apart

Recollection is a wonderful word. It speaks of a state of integration when the bits and pieces of our fragmented beings are "re-collected" and there is a sense of greater wholeness or oneness with God. All of ordinary life seems calculated to scatter us — the dirty … [Read More...]

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Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe began like several others with the generosity of someone who provided me with an interesting ingredient. A huge box of sweet potatoes at my friend's house scored me a bag full of these beauties to take home. Sweet potatoes are not a staple in our house so … [Read More...]