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The excitement was on at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday, Feb. 12. A new sorority was announced at a probate that night. Sigma Lambda Gamma made their debut on the Arkansas …

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Puppet Surprise
April 4, 2013 – 11:49 am | Comments Off

Life at a boarding school isn’t how most people imagine it. Sure there was rigid discipline and our days were strictly structured, but we also had a lot of free time, and we made the …

The ghost of Old Lady Armstrong
March 14, 2013 – 5:20 pm | Comments Off

In 1985, after years of fist fights, class disruptions, poor grades, visits to the principle’s office and conferences with teachers who simply refused to deal with me anymore, my parents decided it was time to …

The death of the DustBuster
February 28, 2013 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off

Like most teens of my generation, I experimented with alcohol. My first experience with the “hair of the dog” was a slapstick event that led to the ruin of a perfectly good G.I. Joe thermos …

The Beating of Toady Tim
February 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | Comments Off

The old neighborhood had its own hierarchy, its own ebb and flow. It usually happened right under the noses of the adults, but the kids knew how it all worked. There were separate factions and …

1-900 you’re busted
January 31, 2013 – 4:29 pm | Comments Off
1-900 you’re busted

Parents are usually very inept at talking about sex because they try to sugarcoat everything and make it sound a lot more complicated and wondrously mysterious than it really is. Because we could not get …

Captain Howdy visits my sister
October 31, 2012 – 11:09 am | Comments Off
Captain Howdy visits my sister

My mother, rest her soul, was a devout Catholic, and she clung tightly to the traditions and teachings of the church in an almost fanatical way. We were all baptized as infants and submerged literally …

Rabbit Weed
September 24, 2012 – 11:46 am | Comments Off

When you are young there is always that kid in the neighborhood that you really don’t consider a friend, but you hang out with them anyway because they are a little older and can come …

The Frankenmower
September 18, 2012 – 10:27 am | Comments Off

When my brothers and I were kids we were given chores. We were expected to do little jobs around the house to keep things livable. In the summer time, one of those chores was to …

Crawdad Thunder Dome
September 5, 2012 – 4:21 pm | Comments Off

My family moved to Little Rock in 1975. We lived in a modest three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home in the suburb of Shannon Hills.
At that time, TV was still just a few local channels and kids …

Becoming my father’s son
August 22, 2012 – 12:24 pm | Comments Off

I came up a product of the ‘70s and ‘80s in a Catholic home. This meant that by the age of 10, I had already had my first experience with alcohol, tried cigarettes, and I …