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  1. Armadillos: Thanks a Lot, Texas

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    December 10, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Of course it’s not Texas’ fault. Armadillos have been around in legend since the ancient Mayans. Their prehistoric relatives were supposedly the size of a VW Beetle. The ones you see on the highways upside down with a beer can clutched between their paws are of the “Nine Banded” species. They arrived in various ways, mostly due to humans who unwittingly transported them in wagons and on ships. Some escaped from Florida zoos and traveling circuses. Now they’re in my front yard.

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  2. The Circle of Life for a Yard Sale Treasure

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    October 20, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    A few weeks ago, some knucklehead decided to promote a 30-mile long yard sale on Highway 71. I know it was to bring the community together for a common cause: shopping. On the other hand: to make a few bucks. I both love and hate yard sales. I love to go to them and buy stuff for a good price, but hate to actually have one. They are too much like moving. Boxes are filled with junk I don’t want or need and then schlepped out to the carport to be arranged precariously on old wiggly card tables.

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  3. Small is the New Big

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    September 28, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Steve Seideman, professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Food Science has been looking for the Winslow Cannery for a while now. He knew it was somewhere, but where?

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  4. Mudslinging

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    September 13, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    I do not argue politics or religion with people. I have my beliefs and opinions and will share those with someone who asks, but won’t argue my point. It doesn’t do any good anyway. I really dislike politics, especially in pre-election years. The misrepresentations, mudslinging, fear-mongering and, at times, outright lying disgusts me. This election seems worse than most.

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  5. If Only Generosity Grew on Trees

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    August 25, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    With all the mess going on in Congress and the world I have been thinking a lot about generosity. It seems to me that the people/corporations (did you know that the Supreme Court of the U.S. considers corporations ‘people’?) who have all the money simply don’t want to share.

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  6. Cabin Fever in the Summer?

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    August 11, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    ​Been feeling a little depressed lately? I have been and now I know why. I have cabin fever. It sounded crazy to me: cabin fever happens in winter.

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  7. Where Are My Keys?

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    July 28, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Where are my glasses? Where is my purse? I ask myself these questions almost every day. Somehow I put things in a very safe place that I can’t remember the next day. I’ve always been a little scattered and unorganized but lately my mind goes blank about the whereabouts of my possessions. I’ve heard this called ‘senior moments’, but I’m about 10 years away from officially being a ‘senior.’ I don’t get the discounts yet so how can I have senior moments? I expected it all to go south on October 7, 2020 but my mind is being an overachiever. I try to be organized. I have a purse that I can load about 20 pounds of stuff in. Nowadays, since my back and neck give me problems, I have an auxiliary purse in the form of a big cloth recyclable shopping bag. It made my purse much lighter. I thought I was being clever, dividing my stuff into things-I-always-need and things-I-need-sometimes. It didn’t work. I switch stuff from bag to bag and can’t find what I’m looking for. My purse is just as heavy and I still can‘t find anything. I also keep lots of note pads and date …

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