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Life Moves Pretty Fast

Life Moves Pretty Fast

Johnny Carol Sain – Crusing: Life does indeed move pretty fast. Seems like just yesterday we were cruising Russellville. The route was McD’s on 7 to 4th street over and over and over. If your ride had more than a few ponies under the hood, or even if you just thought it did, racking the […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
Open up your mouth and feed it

Open up your mouth and feed it

It’s Friday night and Dad just got paid in 1980-something. I’m in Russellville with Mom, Sister (who was a Christian, as we all were), and a few cousins. Just kids in a small town out for pizza. After we order the pizza I try to cure my Pacman fever, but there’s still too much time […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
It was a gnarly time

It was a gnarly time

The idea to do a retro issue began with ABOUT’s illustrator/cartoonist Cliff Thomas. It wasn’t his idea, but his cool-guy aura and always entertaining teenage tales sparked it. So we asked Cliff if we could capitalize on his qualities and also those of his ridiculously appealing family members — wife Tracy, daughter Summer, and son-in-law […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
Icy, spicy, sweet with heat

Icy, spicy, sweet with heat

I’m a sucker for adventurous flavor combinations. The snap of lemon juice paired with the fullness of garlic and earthy tones of cumin on venison steak all gently muted under a pillow of buttery béarnaise is a favorite. The twists and turns keep my tastebuds locked into the moment, and anticipation of not knowing how […]

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June 1, 2018 | By More
A pittance to pay

A pittance to pay

Our community was staggered by tragedy a few weeks back with the murder and suicide of a prominent couple in their home. In the earliest hours following the crime there was panic. No one outside of the sheriff’s office knew what was going on and speculations ran wild as they tend to do when something […]

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June 1, 2018 | By More
A wordless narrative

A wordless narrative

Murals may be humanity’s oldest form of art by painting. The earliest known murals were displayed on cave walls dating back to at least 64,000 years ago. Those weren’t even created by us, but instead by our hominid cousin Neanderthals. The earliest known Homo sapiens murals are over 35,000 years old. Clearly, murals are part […]

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May 1, 2018 | By More
A savory cure for spring fever

A savory cure for spring fever

Those warm spring rays and southerly breezes flirt with your sense of adventure. As a fresh greening spreads across the land, an urge to try something new and unique, something beyond the ordinary builds. The longing for thrills after a winter of cabin fever extends even to our hunger. Sit-down restaurants are nice enough. A […]

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May 1, 2018 | By More
Satisfy the urge

Satisfy the urge

What do you do when the carnivorous urges become too powerful to ignore? You crave meat. Poultry and fish? Nah. Hamburger? We’re getting close, but what you really need is a slab of protein with depth. You crave steak. Seasoned, seared, and cooked to perfection with all that earthy essence only red meat can offer. […]

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April 1, 2018 | By More
How to save the world. First, you’ll need a Mason jar.

How to save the world. First, you’ll need a Mason jar.

For seven days and seven nights the rain came in drizzles, downpours and late-winter mist. When the sun finally appeared on the first of March, the golden rays summoned a dramatic transformation. Spring had been waiting just on the other side of those rains as the first wave of tentative green blanketed the neighbor’s horse […]

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April 1, 2018 | By More
It’s a small world

It’s a small world

I’m a homebody. I rarely venture far outside the River Valley and rarer still outside of Arkansas. It’s not that I don’t like to travel, I do. We did an impromptu road trip to Pennsylvania visiting friends just a few years ago. We’ve been to the “Redneck Riviera” in south Alabama a few times along […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More