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  1. The Visit

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    May 26, 2011 by Steven Worden

    On the face of it, it was like something out of a short story by Mark Twain or Kurt Vonnegut. Or, as when the Jersey Lily visited the West Texas town of Langtry, home of her her biggest fan, Judge Roy Bean (“Law West of the Pecos.”) Last week, to cap off a festive Tibet Week, His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (“Oceanic Teacher”), the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and Nobel Laureate, Tenzin Gyatso, graced Bud Walton arena. But only the most churlish could find something to complain about the Dalai Lama. It would be like “hating on” Santa Claus. An affable, athletic, and pleasant-looking man appearing much younger than his 76 years and clad in maroon robes, His Holiness peppered his talk with short bursts of laughter, scratched his closely-cropped head, and rubbed his nose – all to the enormous delight of some 13,000 rapt attendees – His Holiness, “riding the clear light of bliss.” Sociologist Emile Durkheim, an expert on “the Sacred,” would have been fascinated. Durkheim argued that religion has a universal tendency to urge awe, respect, and reverence in regard to certain beings to distinguish them from the …

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  2. Moving on Up

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    When I started writing Serving the Burned Side Down I promised only one thing … “after reading about the loose operation that I call my life, you’re likely to feel better about your own.” It’s been a year since I said that … but I’m pretty sure I’ve delivered.

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  3. Killing, Part II

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    The hen was not there. Instead, she had – by some remarkable skill of clairvoyance – perceived a looming threat and abandoned her happy pecking grounds amid the luxuriant tomato vines to travel all the way down the garden drive to the edge of the woods near the pond, where she moved along at a steady pace, not running but not pecking at things and not looking back. Who me? A sudden observer would have sworn to her status as an innocent passerby. Unappeased, I emerged from the shade of the tree line and stood in the garden drive to take aim, not willing to walk closer for a better shot. She might make a run for it or fly into the trees. I was determined to end her cavalier crop destruction. It was a matter of aim and range. I wasn’t a practiced marksman. In fact I had never killed anything before in my life. At 50 yards, I expected that at best my shot would hit her body, that she would flop and squawk and run off sideways. I would have to go down to the pond to finish her off, use up maybe a half dozen bullets …

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  4. Get Out There and Fish!

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    Here in Northwest Arkansas, whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will be able to catch a fish from the bank or a boat. The shallows are alive with all species of fish.

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  5. Day By Day

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    Another Mother’s Day has passed. But at least I’ll always have the memories of my boys trying to decapitate each other with the Wii remotes, my daughter telling a stranger that he was fat, and the joy that comes with dropping a large jar of spaghetti sauce on the floor, making the walls of my kitchen look like the inside of a spin art machine.

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  6. Grant to Fund EAST Lab at High School

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    Money seemed the prevalent theme for the school board meeting in West Fork on May 9. School board members sealed a deal that will bring $105,000 to West Fork to fund a high school E.A.S.T program and entered an agreement for Tiger branded merchandise that will result in revenue for the school district.

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  7. Pirates Set New State Relay Record

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    The Greenland Pirates shaved off four seconds to set a new 3A state record in the 4 x 800 relay and finished seventh in the3A State track meet on May 5 at Harding University in Searcy.

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