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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
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
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
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
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
Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Opinions are like… elbows. Everyone has a couple. Is that how the saying goes? It sure seems like it on social media where you can read lengthy pontification on anything you care to know about, and even things you didn’t want to know about. And it’s often from someone who wouldn’t know their elbow from […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Phone-less days

Phone-less days

This is going to blow some minds, but back in the 70s and 80s, sometimes an entire day would go by and I would never speak to my parents unless it was in person. Sometimes I’d spend the day at the creek or in the woods or at a friend’s house without any communication with […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

The mockingbird is stationed at the tiptop of a giant pine in our front yard in the gray light. His renditions come out in this order — cardinal, Chuck-wills-widow, summer tanager, thrasher — along with pieces of other broken melodies mixed with various warbles and flutes. A towhee joins him in song from across the […]

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July 7, 2017 | By More
Red Devil Proud

Red Devil Proud

I’d lived half of my 45 years in Atkins but this might have been a first. I could not see Crow Mountain. A thick, chilly January fog had swallowed the monolith that stands like a guardian over my little hometown. No matter where you stood in Atkins you could always see Crow Mountain. But not […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More