Every Day Life

Waiting on the Words

Waiting on the Words

It is 1:22 p.m. and I still have nothing on the page. The words refuse to come. I have done everything correctly to set up a successful writing day. I have my list of story ideas neatly written out beside me. I have cleared my calendar so I can spend the whole day in front […]

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Backyard Living

Frosted Memories

Frosted Memories

Just as the dandelions were beginning to bloom, and the cornflower was coming up (unseasonably early) around the yard, winter came to central Arkansas. First there was the freezing rain sleet, leaving a sheet of ice around the city. Then a little snow came down on top of all that, and next thing you know […]

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Outdoors

Dead Skunks don’t Lie

Dead Skunks don’t Lie

During the last week or so, the drive into town has turned into an obstacle course. I’m constantly jerking my steering wheel this way or that to avoid some hapless, flattened critter. Road kill typically peaks at this time of year and in the fall as hibernating and semi-hibernating animals are on the move. What […]

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Community Commerce

Taylor Nursery

Taylor Nursery

When Raymond Taylor, the late founder of Taylor Nursery, began his business in July of 1977, offering just a few services, it is likely he never dreamt that it would become all that is has bloomed into today. “It was on July 4th, 1977, that he dug the footing for the foundation. He began with […]

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Valley Vittles

Down By the River

Down By the River

Southern cuisine is grounded in local flavor. Fancy recipes and exotic ingredients were not only hard to come by but unnecessary as well. The main criteria was cheap — free was even better — and available. Lucky for us Southerners that delicious, cheap and available food was often there for the catching in waterways throughout […]

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On a Personal Note

Shopping Local is Worth Every Penny

Shopping Local is Worth Every Penny

Guest written by Tabatha Duvall Christmas shopping — the best part of the season and the worst part of the season. Giving is the true meaning of the season, but fighting crowds, monitoring sales and stalking parking spots makes us wonder if it’s worth getting out in the cold. Honestly, the introvert in me has […]

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And They Lived Happily Ever After…

And They Lived Happily Ever After…

Just what in the world is that suppose to mean? Does it mean no fighting, no crying, no slamming doors (that would be me, not him), no running away from home (again me, not him), no sleeping through your wife pouring her heart out (yep,  that is him), no thinking we aren’t going to make […]

February 1, 2015 | By More
A Beautiful Mystery

A Beautiful Mystery

We were somewhere between Conway and Maumelle when my son asked, “Where does outer space lead to?” It was around 8:30 at night, and there were few cars on the interstate. Out the windows empty fields stretched in each direction and thousands of stars filled the sky. Our other two children had already drifted off […]

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Ozark Witch Hazel

Ozark Witch Hazel

The Arkansas woodlands look mostly barren in February. Somber grays and browns are interrupted only by the evergreen pines and cedars along with twining honeysuckle vines in the creek bottoms. The viridescent forest is still a month away. Even the serviceberry, one of the earliest bloomers with its snow-white blossoms, won’t be showing off until […]

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