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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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November 1, 2018 | By More
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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Headwaters

Headwaters

The pool is barely wider than my 9-foot fly rod. Riffles are mere trickles. The creek disappears just beyond the next pool, filtering through porous karst into the soil and stone itself for several yards and then back to the surface. The stretches of dry, sun bleached rock appear alabaster from a distance. But closer […]

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August 1, 2018 | By More
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