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The most beautiful ornament on our tree

December 1, 2018 | By More
The most beautiful ornament on our tree

Our Christmas tree is a time capsule decorated with memories disguised as ornaments. I’ve got two or three from my childhood as well as the obligatory “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments for both of my daughters and our granddaughter, and we’ll be adding another one for the newest granddaughter this year. But the most precious ornament […]

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A commitment to community

December 1, 2018 | By More
A commitment to community

Winter is here and most Farmers Markets are closed for the season. For a lot of growers, the cooler seasons are a time for planning and reflection and learning from the successes and mistakes of the growing season. This past year my family and I ran a market booth we called Sulphur Springs Truck Patch. […]

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The gardener’s wish list

December 1, 2018 | By More
The gardener’s wish list

If the official start of the Christmas season is the day after Thanksgiving, then the official start of the gardening season is the day after Christmas. Or in my case, Christmas Day. Just a few days ahead of December 25th, the sun begins bathing the northern hemisphere with increasing light. Sure, the coldest days still […]

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Kindred at Home

December 1, 2018 | By More
Kindred at Home

Kindred at Home is a national organization with a local office located on Main Street in Russellville. They offer expert home health, hospice and community care to Russellville and the surrounding areas. A core goal of their outreach is to reduce unplanned hospital visits and to assist area residents in maintaining their independence. With 13 […]

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Rib-stickin’ breakfast

December 1, 2018 | By More
Rib-stickin’ breakfast

Remember those cold winter weekend mornings at Grandma’s house? If you were lucky, she had a wood or gas stove you could snug up against while watching Bugs and Daffy punk Elmer. You’d look out the window at the frosted yard and start planning your fun while incredible smells and sizzling sounds came from the […]

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A Good Trade

December 1, 2018 | By More
A Good Trade

Every Christmas, I encourage my son to pick a charity that offers children an opportunity to give back, and to see what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate. Whether that opportunity is in the form of volunteering to help serve meals to the hungry, filling boxes with warm clothes […]

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Our very best friends

November 1, 2018 | By More
Our very best friends

Loyal, intelligent, steadfast, hardworking, devoted: these are characteristics we seek in friends, hope to find in family, and — if we’re lucky — these are characteristics of our work partners. But we can always find these characteristics wrapped in a furry four-legged package. If you can look deeper than wagging tails and perked ears, lolling […]

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That’s what brothers do

November 1, 2018 | By More
That’s what brothers do

As soon as my son was old enough to talk he started asking for a dog. He would beg and plead, and even try to make deals. “I’ll go to bed every night right when you tell me to IF you let me have a dog,” he would say. When he would find himself in […]

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Shilo’s savior

November 1, 2018 | By More
Shilo’s savior

I met Shilo Schluterman and her therapy dog Javie at the Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Shilo was hard at work on school papers with plans to graduate from ATU this December. Just a few years ago graduation seemed impossible. Shilo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an affliction common to combat veterans. Shilo enlisted […]

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Working-Class Dogs

November 1, 2018 | By More
Working-Class Dogs

Of all the roles we ask dogs to fill in our lives, that of working partner is most demanding. They tackle these jobs with a professionalism sometimes lacking in our human work partners. Perhaps this level of competence is fueled by ancient social bonds formed through the ages, the remnants of pack culture. Ultimately, the […]

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