Every Day Life

Grownup Stuff

Grownup Stuff

As children get older, they often gain independence and strong will. Some children, however, are just born with an innate sense of needing to do everything themselves. My son is one such child. He is fiercely independent and delights in conquering “grownup” tasks. Aside from wanting to use real tools (read: taking apart bookshelves and […]

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Backyard Living

Tougher and a Tiny Bit Braver

Tougher and a Tiny Bit Braver

My father recently gave me an envelope full of my mother’s old photos. Inside I discovered an image of a twelve-year-old me reaching out to pet our recently born colt. I’m wearing wranglers, an embossed leather belt, and my long hair hangs down the length of my back. In the background sits heavily wooded Spring […]

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Outdoors

See, Feel, Understand, Love, Have Faith

See, Feel, Understand, Love, Have Faith

If you don’t know who Aldo Leopold was, please, stop reading this essay right now and do a Google search. I’m not kidding. If you’re in to fish and wildlife and healthy ecosystems and how  biological systems from the formation of proteins on up to the biosphere hinge on one another to encourage and enable […]

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Community Commerce

Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Nestled in the first story of a yellow house on 4th Street in Russellville is Advanced Solutions Incorporated, also known as ASI. The dual computer networking and accounting company has been servicing the River Valley since 1999 and only shows signs of growth. Spearheaded by Willy Wijaya, president, and Monty Kasselman, founder and CFO, ASI […]

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Valley Vittles

Laughter is Brightest Where Food is Best

Laughter is Brightest Where Food is Best

There is perhaps no tighter bond between a country and a plant than the bond between Ireland and the potato. The potato’s ease of growing in Ireland’s acidic peaty soil along with its high carbohydrate load made it a staple of poor Irish folk. It led to an explosion of Irish babies. The potato contributed, […]

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On a Personal Note

An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

Guest Written by Lesa Ford There are four words to describe what the Russ Buss did for me. They believed in me. They believed in me before I believed in myself. They loved me, genuinely loved me, until I could love myself. I originally met Fred during my fourth stint in rehab. I met him […]

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More than just a Magazine

More than just a Magazine

Guest Written by Patty Balcerzak I am a transplant from the North. I have lived just outside of Russellville, in the same house with the same man, for 24 years. We have two teenaged children and call the River Valley home. In the fall of 2007 ABOUT…The River Valley was just a means for me […]

Mindful Fashion

Mindful Fashion

Ana Kilani’s aesthetic describes her character. “Minimally eccentric,” she calls it. She’s small, elegant, soft spoken. Perhaps not what you would expect from a young entrepreneur. Her aesthetic extends to her workspace. Everything has function and everything has a simple beauty. She works in a charming old house, her childhood home, near downtown Russellville. Its […]

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…And a Sundae for my Friend

…And a Sundae for my Friend

Every New Year’s Day brings us a new slate and a chance to fix all the things we didn’t like about last year. For many of us this means attempting to change our eating and exercising habits. Even when we feel like our eating routine through the year isn’t so bad, every hope of “healthy” […]

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