Sarah Coyne: Parents can press through colds with sickness strategies
Hopefully, we all have our trusted methods for denying germs a foothold in the first place, but where do we turn when preventive measures fail? What do we do as parents when our own health is compromised by cruddy microorganisms?
Rich Brown: Christmas light display on again at church with stronger precautions
As Peter Frost hit the switch Fridaystet to kick off another Christmas light display at his rural Carthage church, his mind may have wandered back to last year's event, when not all was so bright.
Phyllis Seesengood: Voice on phone leads to Reacher's arrest in book
Jack Reacher, Lee Child's superhero-action character, returns to beat up the bad guys in the 18th installment of the Reacher series, "Never Go Back." Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop and a one-man wrecking crew, and people who try messing with him usually end up maimed or dead.
Ryan Richardson: Activities help beat the indoor blues of winter
After a double dose of kennel cough and chest congestion that put my dog down for the count for a week, I am wary of taking my dog outside during this latest cold snap.
Serious horseplay: Joplin attorney's horse places in worldwide showing competition
When the conversation turns to showing horses, Sarah Reeder's eyes begin to sparkle.
Unique Christmas story features familiar situations
New Christmas stories don't come along very often. When Mark Sponaugle discovered a Christmas play he had never seen, he was instantly drawn to it.
Jeremiah Tucker: Vacationing vegan Grimes has great advice for holidays
I thought of Thanksgiving last week, actually, when the mostly Internet-famous pop star and Earth-friendly vegan Grimes stirred-up a maelstrom of unholy terror by posting a photo of herself eating the new flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream "Scotchy Scotch Scotch" along with the comment "1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOW."
Benji Tunnell: 'Catching Fire' burns better than first movie
I'll be the first to admit I wasn't the biggest fan of the first "Hunger Games" movie. While it was capably executed, well-acted and certainly exciting, the entire premise of child-on-child violence left me feeling uneasy.
Dave Woods: Vegas a great destination for quick vacation
I love to get out of town for a few days, often with little notice. Expiring vacations days loomed on my calendar, and I needed some Dave time. Nothing fancy, just something cheap.
Joe Hadsall: Saints' success depends on me keeping mouth shut
The most intensely enforced item on my list of nevers, however: I never talk trash about teams with an upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints.
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