Every Day Life

Change…and love is in the air

Change…and love is in the air

“If you don’t like the weather, wait another 30 minutes and it will change!” I don’t know who first said this, but it’s frequently spoken this time of year in Arkansas. The ever-changing weather likely accounts for the high number of people afflicted with allergies. I’m no exception. I’m prone to bouts of laryngitis and […]

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Backyard Living

As creation awakens

As creation awakens

Geese honk in the distance. The morning fog barely burned off, the sun slowly warms the earth. Birds sing their gentle melody, and one perches on the tree in front of me. The winter-bare branches swell with tiny nodules, telltale signs of a creation readying to awake from slumber. Wrapped in a blanket, I survey […]

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Outdoors

Through my veins

Through my veins

“So what do the creeks mean to you, Johnny?” The question caught me off guard. I’d never tried to verbalize my thoughts about the local creeks and rivers in such a direct manner. I knew how much I enjoyed the small moving waters in my life, but putting that into encompassing terms was not something […]

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Community Commerce

Rackley Furniture

Rackley Furniture

When you enter Rackley Furniture, you are at first greeted by a sea of sofas and rows of plush recliners. The atmosphere is welcoming with a faint sent of new leather and wood polish.  As you walk further into the store, it is easy to imagine a new leather sectional fitting perfectly in your recently […]

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Valley Vittles

Laissez les bon temps rouler

Laissez les bon temps rouler

Confession time. I dearly love Arkansas and the River Valley. I love the mountains and river bottoms. I love the creeks and lakes. I love the culture. I love the people… most of them anyway. This is home. But here’s the confession: I could be persuaded to move south, way south into coastal Louisiana to […]

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On a Personal Note

The Girl Outside of Blass

The Girl Outside of Blass

Guest written by John R. Pledger, Jr. Little did I know that when I went to my new job I would meet a girl who grew up on a street only one block from the street I grew up on. I grew up on Highway 10 in Danville, and she grew up on Ohio Street […]

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Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

The woods are quiet during the early parts of the calendar year. Quiet, but not dead. Hikes are peaceful during these months; the insanity inducing buzz of buffalo gnats is replaced with emollient whispers of winter. The chilled breeze strikes remaining leaves of deciduous trees, an adventurous chipmunk unwraps a white oak acorn and the […]

February 1, 2017 | By More
Learning Goes Both Ways

Learning Goes Both Ways

As soon as children begin verbal communication they learn to divide the world into categories. Things with wheels are automobiles. Things with four legs and wagging tails are dogs. Children’s books and programming focus on the importance of recognizing opposites. Things are hard or soft, hot and cold, big or little, open or closed. Those […]

February 1, 2017 | By More
Sweet Tooth Sacked

Sweet Tooth Sacked

Chocolate is derived from cacao seeds. It was first enjoyed nearly 2,000 years ago by the Mayans. The Aztecs believed that the blessed cacao seeds were a divine gift from their god of wisdom, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl. It wasn’t until centuries later that chocolate became a sensual symbol of one of our basic instincts, […]

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