Every Day Life

…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” […]

February 1, 2016 | By More

Backyard Living

Prepare, Do, Fail and Learn

Prepare, Do, Fail and Learn

The fire crackles in the hearth. My face tingling from the heat, I nestle underneath my cozy blanket. Homemade hazelnut cappuccino in hand, my finger taps the screen on my kindle as unread gardening books sit waiting on the side table. It may be winter outside and in my home, but it’s spring in my […]

February 1, 2016 | By More

Outdoors

Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore

Moonlight is a magical thing. The winter woods illuminated by a crisp full moon seem almost unearthly. Black shadows stand in contrast to the deep purple-blue of the forest with its silver accents of lunar light. Of course, the moon doesn’t generate its own light. It’s only a reflector. What we see in the pale […]

February 1, 2016 | By More

Community Commerce

Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen Essentials, gourmet kitchen store, has been a treat to the noses, taste buds and souls of shoppers alike at the City Mall since their launch in July 2013. It was a combination of a long line of passion for cooking and the acknowledgment of a gap in the local market that led Becki Bryson, […]

November 2, 2015 | By More

Valley Vittles

Complexity on a Plate

Complexity on a Plate

I’ll admit that my experience with Thai food is limited. The yum seen salad and sticky rice from Kob Jai was only my second ever meal of Thai cuisine. But what comes shining through in the dish, and it’s accompanying glass of Thai iced tea, is a sense of the culture and the place. And […]

February 1, 2016 | By More

On a Personal Note

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 […]

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Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Guest written by Liz Chrisman Not one thing stands alone as a dichotomy of life lessons and pure fun more than a bicycle. As a kid, nothing frustrated my strong-willed nature more than not being able to ride without training wheels right from my first sit on the saddle. My first bicycle to memory (a […]

Southern Santa’s Bike Shop

Southern Santa’s Bike Shop

He tinkers away in his workshop all year, preparing holiday gifts for the girls and boys of the River Valley. His white beard hangs like a mass of cotton balls from his aged chin, and the joy of his hearty chuckle is contagious. You don’t have to be tucked in bed for him to suit […]

December 2, 2015 | By More
Holy Moly!

Holy Moly!

Every once in a while, out of desperation when things don’t work out babysitter-wise, I am forced to bring my child to work with me. He usually acts up, gets into something or embarrasses me in front of a client. One day, the universe lined up to spite me mightily and a teacher work day […]

December 2, 2015 | By More