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Juiced

Juiced

The life force pulses through this little blue and green planet in liquid form. Sure, we terrestrial aerobic organisms require air transport for our oxygen, but liquid is the medium through which all the building blocks required for organic life move, breakdown, bond, and transport nutrients throughout our carbon-based forms. Fruit and vegetable juices are […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
It’s not a sport

It’s not a sport

Bullfrog tadpoles are big, easily fat as my thumb and a little longer. They’re obvious while resting on a pond’s mud flat or among the rocks in a tumbling creek. They wear the typical cryptic olive-brown camouflage you’d expect to see on an aquatic creature that can easily slide down any number of gullets, but […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
Slow indeed

Slow indeed

Water and air were indistinguishable in the 90 percent humidity. Gills or lungs, it seemed like either could work on this side of the lake’s surface as I stepped into the canoe and paddled across the small channel. I had beat the local bass fishing crowd but just barely. Headlights drew down on my quiet […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
Gotta have a Whatta

Gotta have a Whatta

Across the state, Feltner’s Whatta-Burger needs no introduction. No preamble is necessary. If you’ve eaten a Whatta-Burger loaded down with all the extras and a side of onion rings or fries, you know there is nothing comparable. If you’ve never had one, there is no analogy. It tastes nothing like McDonalds or Burger King. It’s […]

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Silent Wing

Silent Wing

Midnight death on silent wing, Melding of shadow and Moonlight beam. Sentinel wrapped in wilderness old, beautiful savage of Mysteries untold. Saffron globes with obsidian holes, Probing for flesh Far down below. Inquiring voice singed with lonesome tone, Whispers terror to whiskered ones Clear to the bone. But the questions you ask eternal and now, […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
Sweet Pastels

Sweet Pastels

Pastel sweetness has been a hallmark of Easter since the 1800s when egg-shaped sugar pastries starting popping up in German immigrant bakeries. The pastries celebrated the return of “der Osterhase” or “ the Easter hare,” which soon became everyone’s favorite bunny… before Bugs of course. Since those first egg-shaped pastries, the spring saccharine scene has […]

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Underappreciated

Underappreciated

I’ve never had a manicured lawn. I like the hodgepodge of interesting flowers that pop up in my yard starting with the trout lily in late winter to the golden rod that ushers in autumn. Most of my favorites are native plants that have evolved alongside native Arkansas pollinators. But I’ve grown fond of one […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
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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March 1, 2017 | By More
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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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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February 1, 2017 | By More