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That’s what brothers do

November 1, 2018 | By More
That’s what brothers do

As soon as my son was old enough to talk he started asking for a dog. He would beg and plead, and even try to make deals. “I’ll go to bed every night right when you tell me to IF you let me have a dog,” he would say. When he would find himself in […]

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Shilo’s savior

November 1, 2018 | By More
Shilo’s savior

I met Shilo Schluterman and her therapy dog Javie at the Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Shilo was hard at work on school papers with plans to graduate from ATU this December. Just a few years ago graduation seemed impossible. Shilo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an affliction common to combat veterans. Shilo enlisted […]

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Working-Class Dogs

November 1, 2018 | By More
Working-Class Dogs

Of all the roles we ask dogs to fill in our lives, that of working partner is most demanding. They tackle these jobs with a professionalism sometimes lacking in our human work partners. Perhaps this level of competence is fueled by ancient social bonds formed through the ages, the remnants of pack culture. Ultimately, the […]

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The four-napkin sandwich

November 1, 2018 | By More
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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Dog Ear Books

November 1, 2018 | By More
Dog Ear Books

Dog Ear books first opened its doors in November of 2016. Since then the downtown bookstore has grown exponentially. Walking into the brightly lit store at the the corner of Main and Commerce in Russellville, you’ll find a large selection of new books in all genres along with an ample used book section. You’ll also […]

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Grateful

November 1, 2018 | By More
Grateful

The sun dipped beneath the towering pines. My eyes squinted as I cut through the mess of dead tomato stems. My kids kicked a ball back and forth in my periphery, oblivious to the setting sun. I glanced at them and smiled. Returning to my task, I quickened my snips, aiming to find a satisfactory […]

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Jake

November 1, 2018 | By More
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

October 1, 2018 | By More
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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Creative by design

October 1, 2018 | By More
Creative by design

Bryan Moats is a tall, slender man with long legs and a big beard. He’s waiting on me with the tools of his trade in hand, an iPad and sketchbook, when I arrive for the interview. As a married man in his 30s with three children — George, Elijah, and Pearly — along with several […]

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Three great tastes that taste great together

October 1, 2018 | By More
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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