Falls Mill: Peace and History

by Kyle M. Dugger — Everyone needs a place go, at some point in their life, where they can enjoy a little peace from the everyday rushing around. With the seemingly non-stop lifestyles that most of us lead, we sometimes f orget or feel guilty about taking time off to slow down. Nestled in the…

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Royal Migration: The Annual Monarch Butterfly Journey

(Family Features) Every year, monarch butterflies embark on a 3,000-mile migration across North America. This feat of endurance lasts eight months, spans three countries and captivates people worldwide. These graceful pollinators rely on milkweed for feeding and reproduction, but over the last decade, a reduction of milkweed habitats has occurred along the butterflies’ flight path….

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5 Simple Projects to Recreate Your Backyard

(BPT) – Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends and loved ones. This is provided, of course, that you have the perfect space for such gatherings. If you don’t, not to worry, the right project can get…

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Let’s Imagine a Free Market in Education

by Kurt Dugger Government: The great fiction whereby everyone endeavors to live off of everyone else. –Frederic Bastiat What would a free market in education look like? For this mental exercise, we will not make drastic changes, just two small ones. First, government restrictions and requirements on education are removed. Second, half of tax money…

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Laurie Pritchett: From Reykjavik to Dresden

by Nelda Rachels  Sometimes an immigrant can be your next-door neighbor, and you might not even know it. Like everyone else in a small town, that person from far, far away is just going about her business, feeding the cows, putting her children through school, volunteering, and hanging out at the local restaurant or library,…

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Distracted Driving

by John Dunker Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Types of distractions include: texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player,…

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American Life in Poetry

American Life in Poetry: Column 044 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Unlike the calculated expressions of feeling common to its human masters, there is nothing disingenuous about the way a dog praises, celebrates, frets or mourns. In this poem David Baker gives us just such an endearing mutt.   Mongrel Heart Up the dog…

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