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December, 2017

  • 6 December

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    BY LEANN DILBECK – R-E-S-P-E-C-T… Aretha Franklin sang it… some live it… and some completely disregard it but lately, I feel it is at the core of so many troubles within our own families, corporately, and even nationally. It crushed my heart when I heard a young mother publicly berate her 9ish year old son who was trying to assist, ...

November, 2017

  • 29 November

    Enjoying the Moment

    BY LEANN DILBECK – I’ve admitted it before… I used to be a worrier… and that was an understatement when it came to absolutely anything that remotely was related to my children. Over the years, I’ve learned to relax a bit and trust that He has it all covered! I probably missed some priceless moments by not being ‘in the ...

  • 22 November

    Nothing Brings Family Together Like Food!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as families come together to give thanks and enjoy time together. Traditions that vary from one family to another are continually passed down from one generation to the next, from watching the parade, to playing a competitive game of football, to enjoying a ...

October, 2017

  • 8 October

    Everyone’s a Critic

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Criticism doesn’t feel good. It just doesn’t. It hurts and it may even make us mad. Everyone is a critic these days and with the convenience of the internet, it’s no longer left to the “professionals” who have a column like “The Critic’s Corner” in the newspaper, critiqueing movies, restaurants, or plays.  Everyone with an opinion ...

September, 2017

  • 21 September

    It’s hard to see Hurricane Maria through all this smoke

    Our forest fires are going to keep getting worse if we can’t reform the way we fight fires. By Ken Fisher and Bruce Westerman, Opinion contributors The following opinion piece, co-written by Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), originally appeared in the September 20 issue of USA Today. Earlier this month, standing on a hill overlooking the Columbia River that runs between Oregon and ...

  • 8 September

    Preparing for the Unexpected

    SUBMITTED BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN –  The worst of Mother Nature brings out the best of the human spirit. We witnessed the bravery and heroism of first responders, emergency officials and volunteers who saved the lives of Texans trapped by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flooding. Arkansans mobilized efforts to assist our neighbors in need. The Arkansas National Guard responded ...

  • 8 September

    ‘Renewed Hope’ Report Shows Hope for Foster Care System

    SUBMITTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX –  Often times, it takes years to see the full impact on legislation we pass. But then there are times, like this week, that we see how just a few changes in the law can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in a matter of weeks. The Arkansas Department of ...

  • 8 September

    State Studies Results of ACT Scores

    SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE –  LITTLE ROCK – The ACT is the most important standardized test for high school students in Arkansas, and every year parents and educators anticipate the releasing of test scores to see how our students are performing. In the past decade Arkansas students have shown steady improvement because more of them are ...

  • 6 September

    Through the Eyes of a Child

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This week is a very special week for our family. This week will mark five years that our family was restored after three years of brokenness.  Five years ago this week, our children’s and parent’s faithful prayers were answered. You all have allowed me to share our story so many times before so on this anniversary, ...

  • 1 September

    Use it… or lose it

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ok, fellow mommies, we are now back into the swing of back to school schedules and I don’t know about all of you, but it’s a double-edged sword at my house. The return to routine and schedule, both welcomed … but I think we would all agree, schedules are so very unforgiving. Busyness seems to take ...