Author Archive: Meredith Martin-Moats

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Managing dementia with dignity

Managing dementia with dignity

Every month caregivers and professionals from around the region gather around a table at River Valley Hospice in Russellville for the Purple Angels Advocates meeting. Their mission, explains Rhonda Horton, development and community outreach officer for Arkansas Hospice, is to make “the River Valley a dementia-friendly community.” Purple Angel Advocates is a global network upholding […]

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December 1, 2017 | By More
The people before us

The people before us

When I look around our home—watch the sunrise come up between Mount Nebo and Jones Mountain, watch the changing trees on Springs Mountain—I often wonder about indigenous tribes that once owned this land. I know about my grandfather’s history here. I know at one point there was a healing springs community based on the sulphur […]

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West Main Gallery: Antiques & More

West Main Gallery: Antiques & More

West Main Gallery in downtown Russellville has been open for a little over two years furnishing the River Valley with one-of-a-kind presents, home furniture, and holiday gift items. The gallery operates as a vendor mall where vendors rent spaces to run their own stores with the gallery providing the personnel and staff to make this […]

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Orr Auto Mall

Orr Auto Mall

Orr Automotive opened their first lot in 1927. Now they have more than 30 locations in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. This huge selection is a large part of what makes Orr Auto Mall in Russellville such a popular spot. “You have up to 500-plus vehicles to choose from,” says manager James Parker. Sitting underneath […]

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Connected to a web

Connected to a web

We recently moved to rural Yell County, a place I’ve dreamed of living since I was a child. We started a fall garden, created a compost bin, are building a portable chicken coop, and plan to get the clothesline up this weekend. I can’t wait to build a root cellar, get some goats and mules […]

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October 1, 2017 | By More
Webs of significance

Webs of significance

I first noticed the spider webs while walking around the base of Spring Mountain one Saturday afternoon in late June. Ducking underneath and between the spiny limbs of the new growth forest, I collected sticky strands of silk in my hair and on my arms. This wasn’t intentional, of course. I kept trying to dodge […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Get to know your native neighbors

Get to know your native neighbors

When my sons were around four years old they started to learn how to distinguish the differences in plants. They would get excited about the coming of spring and ready to work in the garden. After spending a great deal of time with the leaves in the fall, they began to notice the subtleties and […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
My Hometown – Dardanelle

My Hometown – Dardanelle

I grew up in Dardanelle through the 1970s and 80s. My parents came of age in the same small town in the 1950s and 60s. Back in the early 1900s, their parents grew up in the logging community of Harkey’s Valley and the cotton farming community of Carden Bottoms, outlying rural communities for which Dardanelle […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
Learning Goes Both Ways

Learning Goes Both Ways

As soon as children begin verbal communication they learn to divide the world into categories. Things with wheels are automobiles. Things with four legs and wagging tails are dogs. Children’s books and programming focus on the importance of recognizing opposites. Things are hard or soft, hot and cold, big or little, open or closed. Those […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More
The Beauty of Mustard Greens

The Beauty of Mustard Greens

It’s mustard green season, and these cool weather vegetables are popping up in gardens all around the region. Cultivated throughout the South, these leafy greens are related to both collard greens and kale and were first grown in the Himalayan region of India. Today they are cultivated all across Asia, South America, and throughout the […]

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