Category Archives: Fighting

The St. Louis Cousins’ last ride

It was always an exciting time for my sisters and me when our St. Louis Cousins came to visit. For though we were the country mice to their city mice, they were savage in a way we admired but could … Continue reading

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Let there be no doubt that our mother could spank a child with such strength and sting it’d be a while before you felt OK about sitting again. But usually, when my sisters and I were overly rowdy/sullen/disagreeable she made … Continue reading

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A post from my mother

Dear Farm Dogs: I appreciate you slaying the armadillo. You did an awesome job digging up the drain where he must have been hiding. Next time, please take the carcass away from the pump house and put the dirt and … Continue reading

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Law & Order

The following are excerpts, taken verbatim, from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Report and Doniphan Police Report, published in the April 11, 2012 issue of The Prospect-News. On April 2 a deputy was dispatched to Southeast Health Center of Ripley County … Continue reading

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A little extra padding

Annie was a defiantly independent kid. As the youngest sister, she observed everything Katy and I did right and wrong, so when it was time for her to try something for the first time — whether it was a minor … Continue reading

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High brow

The 90s were an interesting time for eyebrows. I recently read some gossipy interview with a beauty expert who blamed Pamela Anderson for the pencil-thin, exaggerated arches we all forced our brows into. I am not sure this is true. … Continue reading

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Good neighbors

At 100,000 people and growing, Columbia is 50 times the size of my hometown. As you can imagine, moving here was quite an adjustment for me. The sheer number of bodies in public spaces such as university lecture halls or … Continue reading

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I had always thought Jimmy was funny. That is, I thought he was funny until our second-grade teacher, Ms. Smiley, changed the seating arrangement and put Jimmy behind me. Then I thought he was horrible. I have to give him … Continue reading

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I’m not sold on this

An insurance salesman visited my office today to answer questions about the policies available to us through the company. Weird guy. Personally, I prefer not to do business with men who can’t look me in the eye when they say … Continue reading

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Love, loss and the mean things I said

Dating in Doniphan is hard. Unless you manage to partner off with a newcomer before anybody else gets to him or her, you’re more than likely dating the castoff of someone you know fairly well. This can make things complicated, … Continue reading

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