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The most beautiful ornament on our tree

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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Rib-stickin’ breakfast

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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Our very best friends

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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The four-napkin sandwich

The four-napkin sandwich

I gauge my barbecue sandwich experience by how many napkins it requires. One napkin is pretty boring. Two napkins is the norm, and there’s nothing wrong with needing just two napkins. It means that, though, the meal was fine, the sandwich was probably too nice and so was I while eating it. Three-napkin sandwiches are […]

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Jake

Jake

The raggedy old collar resurfaced while cleaning up the back room. As I sat down on our kindling box and traced a finger over the orange nylon, an afternoon sun illuminated one auburn hair wedged in the buckle. I thought about my friend. His name was Jake. He was the biggest pup in the litter, […]

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Henpecked

Henpecked

Bodega Road went nowhere, literally. The GPS showed that it dead-ended at the bottom of a hollow about six miles from where I was now. It’s one of those red clay dirt roads, the kind that sticks to the bottom of your shoes and sucks 4-wheel drive trucks down to the axles when they veer […]

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Three great tastes that taste great together

Three great tastes that taste great together

The Arkansas state bird should have been a chicken. Growing up in the rural River Valley, chickens were a part of the day to day and often on the dinner table at the end of the day. Chickens are cheap to keep, backyard accessible, and delicious. What more could you ask for from a bird? […]

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Hunter

Hunter

I watch her movements become slow and deliberate as rustling leaves bring her to alert. An image of the oak tree reflects in her dilated pupils. Shaky hands testify to the adrenaline racing through her veins. I whisper, “can you see it?” There is no reply. “It’s on the third branch up.” Searching eyes scrutinize […]

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Comfortable, Cosmopolitan, Sublime.

Comfortable, Cosmopolitan, Sublime.

Sinatra’s silky baritone croons through the rustic yet refined decor. Earth tones of raw umber, slate gray, and golden wheat are accentuated by textures of stone, brick, plaster, and grainy wood. Dark walnut-stained booths with high, private backs and low amber light work with the decor ensemble to bring a sense of warm relaxing comfort. […]

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Where have you been all my life?

Where have you been all my life?

There was a time in the River Valley when food choices were limited. Sure, we had plenty of restaurants, but they all featured the same type of foods prepared or served in slightly different ways. It was simply life in rural Arkansas. But the times, they are a-changin’. An authentic and growing array of diverse […]

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