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Real Magic: Ancient wisdom, modern science, and a guide to the secret power of the universe

Real Magic: Ancient wisdom, modern science,  and a guide to the secret power of the universe

    As reviewed by David Underwood While I readily admit to being a “science geek,” it isn’t necessary to be a geek to enjoy this book. I did find the title to be somewhat disconcerting because of the words “secret power of the universe.” If I hadn’t read previous works by Dr. Radin, as […]

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Never take candy from strangers

April 1, 2019 | By More
Never take candy from strangers

Easter is a time for replenishment and renewal, new beginnings and gratefulness. Stores are lined with flowers, pastels, every variety of marshmallow animals, and your favorite chocolate bar reshaped into egg form. The vast array of plastic eggs is also quite impressive. One year, Raff and I were invited to attend a large Easter egg […]

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Out of the darkness

April 1, 2019 | By More
Out of the darkness

  If you take a gander at the calendar in this issue of ABOUT, you’ll note that the month of April is bursting with activities in much the same way your yard is likely bursting with the green of new vegetation. After the cold months and the schizophrenic days of March, we want to celebrate […]

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First Security Bank

April 1, 2019 | By More
First Security Bank

In historic downtown Russellville, there’s one building that always stands out. It’s so massive that it could never be overlooked. Landscaped with the greenest bushes and trees and featuring countless windows, it’s the most unique building on 209 West Main St. Soon, the building will get a new owner — First Security Bank. Since 2017, […]

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A nearby faraway

April 1, 2019 | By More
A nearby faraway

The old white farmhouse was tucked into a corner with woods on two sides. A gentle ridge dense with post oak and hickory lifted north and the woods extended west behind the house for nearly a mile. Granny and Poppy moved there when I was five. The woods held my attention from that first viewing. […]

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Don’t be a sucker

April 1, 2019 | By More
Don’t be a sucker

“Be sure you pinch those suckers off.” It seemed everyone who visited my garden in the early years pointed out these shoots growing between the main stem and the side stems of my tomato plants. As a new gardener who soaked in every piece of wisdom I could get, I started pinching off every sucker […]

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Transformers: Robotics competition is changing STEM education and communities for the better

March 1, 2019 | By More
Transformers: Robotics competition is changing STEM education and communities for the better

Whether it be Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2 from Star Wars or Autobot Transformer Optimus Prime, we as a culture are fascinated by robots. While these famous automatons may seem like pure space-age fantasy, the robots in Russellville are very real. Not only are these robots real, they are in our schools under the control […]

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Rock Island Line

March 1, 2019 | By More
Rock Island Line

      Immortalized through song, the railroad company was once a vital component of the River Valley economy.“The Rock Island Line, it’s a mighty good road. Rock Island Line, it’s a road to ride. Rock Island Line, it’s a mighty good road. If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you […]

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A taste of old Mexico

March 1, 2019 | By More
A taste of old Mexico

Defining Mexican food is best done by first clearly understanding what is not Mexican food. As Anthony Bourdain once said: “It’s not melted cheese over tortilla chips.” It’s also not Taco Bell.Though the offerings are often delicious in their own right, it’s not the various Tex-Mex establishments found in nearly every town. I used to […]

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Woe to Live On

March 1, 2019 | By More
Woe to Live On

Every now and then you stumble across one of those books. Maybe it was suggested by a friend. Maybe you’ve read the author’s previous work and yearned for more. But whatever brings you to the book, you know within just a few pages that this is one that’s going to stick with you. A magnetic […]

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