Author Archive: Johnny Sain

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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
Not your mom’s

Not your mom’s

Pimento cheese is one of those storied Southern delights ranking right up there with grits and fried chicken. But truth be told, I’ve never been a fan. That’s weird because I’m a big fan of cheese. I like mayonnaise and chili peppers (pimentos are a type of chili pepper), too, and when you add those […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More
Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

Growing up, ham was a regular meat option at every meal after the holidays. Seemed like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and even sometimes Independence Day involved a huge Petit Jean ham that, try as we did, always had leftovers. Pork was what’s for breakfast, often lunch, and sometimes dinners afterward for days. And we never got […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More
Look around the rough edges

Look around the rough edges

Most folks know American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) by its colloquial name — poke sallet. If you grew up around any semi-feral areas, from clear-cuts and hayfields to empty city lots, you probably saw American pokeweed growing in those forgotten areas. It’s a North American native found throughout the continent and tenacious in its existence. You […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More
Some things never change

Some things never change

This is where I’m supposed to give an obligatory rundown on all the obligatory changes we’ve made in the magazine for the new year. You know the drill. We mark another journey around the sun — something the planet has been doing pretty much along the same path and within the same time frame for […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More
Season of Peace

Season of Peace

It seems to happen during the week of Thanksgiving every year. Usually there’s a few warm, breezy, and muggy days — though we are deep into autumn, these are the last gasps of summer — before a chilling front moves through and all of sudden it’s winter. I love those mornings afterward. Though I already […]

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December 1, 2017 | By More