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The new next door neighbor

May 1, 2019 | By More
The new next door neighbor

I called him “Pop.” While twirling and hanging from my blue and yellow metal swing set, I would look over our fence to see his towering frame hunched over his rows of vegetables. Worn-in overalls covered his bulging belly, and thick black-rimmed glasses only slightly obscured his gentle eyes. Many a summer night I found […]

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Where the wild hens roost

May 1, 2019 | By More
Where the wild hens roost

One afternoon, a neighbor stopped to ask if we had any chickens missing. All of ours were accounted for, happily scratching around the yard and pooping in places I’d rather they didn’t. It seems that a small flock of hens had taken up on the property across the road. Our neighbor wasn’t sure where those […]

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It’s what you do that defines you

May 1, 2019 | By More
It’s what you do that defines you

As a kid, comic book heroes intrigued me for various reasons. Of course incredible physical abilities were part of the appeal. But the biggest attraction was the alter egos, the dual personalities, the ability to shift between two completely different people at will or sometimes when triggered by outside influences. Comic book characters could live […]

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The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling

As reviewed by Chris McNEAL The Art of Falling begins when Penelope Sparrow, a ballet dancer, wakes up trapped in a hospital bed and an unresponsive body. She fell fourteen stories from her apartment balcony, but no one knows why. In the subsequent pages, author Kathryn Craft takes the reader back and forth through Sparrow’s […]

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Southern is as Southern speaks

May 1, 2019 | By More
Southern is as Southern speaks

To be Southern or not to be Southern… That is the question. On a recent trip to Baltimore, Maryland, I encountered a whole new kind of “Southern” culture and dialect. Considering how long I was on an airplane headed north, I sure didn’t think iI was anywhere close to the American South. However, once I […]

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Kob Jai

May 1, 2019 | By More
Kob Jai

Kim Nanthalansy knows all of the ins and outs of Kob Jai, a quaint little restaurant located on B Street in downtown Russellville. She can cook, clean, wait tables, and she’s got that one quality that almost always leads to success in any arena.“I’m a people person,” says Kim, “I enjoy being here and meeting […]

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A place of hope and healing

April 1, 2019 | By More
A place of hope and healing

          The building is located in the former home of Alfred and Marjorie Crabaugh, two people who served the Russellville community proudly. Alfred as the dean of Arkansas Tech University, and Marjorie as the founder of local chapters of the Salvation Army, Girl Scouts and more. Now, a decade after their […]

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The biography of a house; Part 1 – A Humble Beginning

April 1, 2019 | By More
The biography of a house; Part 1 – A Humble Beginning

The story of a house is much more than its location. It’s the story of all those who lived within its walls. It’s the story of the community around it, both neighbors and visitors passing through. It is the story of existence at its most foundational level — eating and sleeping, being sick and being […]

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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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