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Billingsley’s Bullets: The Klutz King of El Dorado

Twenty-six months ago I suffered a stroke, which put me in the hospital and a rehabilitation program for 20 days. During the 23 months after the stroke occurred, I never tripped or fell while I was learning to walk again. In the last three months I have tripped and fallen six times – three times in our […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Observations and lessons in 2016

At the end of each year I review my “Bullets” column and list some of my favorite items from columns for that year, which includes the following: • Recently my 2-and-a-half-year-old great-granddaughter Daisy came into the living room and saw my infected hand bandaged from fingertips to the elbow. Without saying a word, she came […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Saddle up for 2017

The year 2016 is coming to an end. I did OK on two of the 10 resolutions I made for 2016. I improved my tennis serve because I played no tennis in 2016. Also, I resolved to eat more vegetables in 2016. My special neighbor Wendy created a creamy sauce that contained spinach and I ate […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: I miss all my pals

Even before I wrote my last “Heard Over the Back Fence” column I knew I would miss all of my co-workers at the Mountain Democrat office. It felt like I was leaving family. The entire Mountain Democrat crew works as a very productive, intelligent and friendly group of very nice people. It was a great […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Little things add up to big

In her book “A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II,” Joyce Sequich Hifler notes the following daily meditation: “The small things that make up our lives are pleasant and filled with sweet silences that soothe the soul. But even more commonplace, a lunch, a walk, the companionship of a sweet friend, our dog. So many […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: To be ignored is to be insulted

If your kids often ignore what you are saying, it makes you angry and you feel insulted. You feel like thumping them on the back of their heads to get their attention. Parents are sometimes guilty of ignoring their kids by not making time for two-way conversations or not even allowing two-way conversations. Ignoring a […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: New axioms of life

Every few years I do a column of “Axioms of Life,” which, I believe, are truths to live by. So — here we go: 1. Believe and trust your eyes, not your ears. Before you judge anybody, watch how they treat others. Observe how they treat their loved ones and their neighbors. Do they show compassion […]

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