Every Day Life

What I did over Summer Vacation

What I did over Summer Vacation

Are students asked to write that kind of paper anymore? Well, if they are then I volunteer to go back to 5th grade and write one for this summer. It has been a doozey! It has been filled to the brim with life lessons (med-flight helicopters), a beach wedding, great friends, sand fleas, a persistent […]

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Backyard Living

After all, what is a weed?

After all, what is a weed?

This past week we received yet another warning notice from the city of Little Rock informing us we were violating city code. This happens often. We make our home in the city but in many ways we live like we’re in the country. We sometimes hang out the laundry to dry in the sun and […]

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Outdoors

Drama Queen Snake

Drama Queen Snake

Perhaps no group of critters in Arkansas can strike fear in the hearts of so many folks like snakes. Consequently, most encounters between people and a snake of any size, color or type don’t end well for the snake. Of the 46 species of snakes native to Arkansas only six are venomous. A few of […]

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Style in the Valley

Summer/Fall Transition Fashion

Summer/Fall Transition Fashion

Smiles warmer than the Saharan sun greeting you, the smell of the holidays flooding your senses and tapping into your nostalgia the minute you walk in the door and affordable prices for every budget are a few of the reasons that you might shop at Serendipity Downtown, clothing boutique located in none other than Downtown […]

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Valley Vittles

American Pride served on a bun

American Pride served on a bun

Sitting near center in the pantheon of iconic American food is the hamburger, or more specifically the cheeseburger. The marriage of ground beef, cheese, vegetables, condiments of choice and flour bun couldn’t be more American if you dyed it red, white and blue. Minced meat has a global history, though. Earliest record traces ground meat […]

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On a Personal Note

A Gift to our Community

A Gift to our Community

Guest Written by Amy Tarpley It’s been a “colorful” two months in my new position as Executive Director, and although I knew it was a job with many hats I have also learned that the job never stops. Some might think that sounds unappealing, but I can’t wait to go to work each morning, and […]

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Ozark Nirvana

Ozark Nirvana

A black damselfly with luminous teal blue trim lands on a sycamore branch just inches from my face. It looks like a creature from another world, right out of the movie “Avatar.” I’ve never seen this species before, and I find it while standing waist deep in the pristine North Fork of the Illinois Bayou. […]

June 1, 2014 | By More
Vacation Essentials

Vacation Essentials

Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and so on — Our lives are full of momentous occasions that deserve to be celebrated and honored. The standards when handpicking gifts for each occasion should be high, and locally-owned gift shop, Gifts on Parkway, is stocked full of thoughtful and creative items that can not […]

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Vulnerable yet Sturdy

Vulnerable yet Sturdy

For a few years now I’ve been smitten with the yarrow plant, a common wildflower with a thousand uses. Known by the scientific name of Achillea millefolium, this plant grows wild all over Asia, Europe and North America, and takes to a variety of soils. Considered by many to be a weed, these prolific plants […]

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