Author Archive: Connie Las Schneider

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Charting the Back Country

Charting the Back Country

Civilization owes a great debt of gratitude to cartographers. From famous men like William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Dr. Henry Livingston who mapped the African continent to lesser known mapmaker/surveyors like Prospect Robbins and Joseph Brown who mapped the Louisiana Purchase. Maps and their makers expand our understanding of the world. […]

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June 1, 2014 | By More
A Common Thread with the Past

A Common Thread with the Past

Sewing has been a survival tool for eons. According to Archaeologists, Stone Age people used antler or ivory needles and thread made from animal parts to stitch together hides for clothing and shelter to insure their survival in harsh climates. Hunters supplied the raw materials while family members prepared the skins and stitched them into […]

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Oh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Artificial Christmas trees are the norm for holiday decorating today. Fake Christmas trees are symmetrically pleasing, easy to maintain, pose less of a threat for fires and are usually a one-time purchase. No muss, no fuss and no scent unless you buy it in a bottle. But before you take that artificial tree out of […]

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December 1, 2013 | By More
RHS~Remembering 1951

RHS~Remembering 1951

High school reunions can be compared to birthdays. Young people look forward to them, middle agers tend to avoid them and golden agers cherish them best of all. The Russellville High School graduating class of 1951 held their 62nd reunion in October and those able to attend were thrilled to be there. “Once you reach […]

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November 1, 2013 | By More
Music on The Mountain

Music on The Mountain

  Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  For the past five years, more than 100,000 music lovers from around the world have traveled up the Pig Trail Scenic Byway (Arkansas Highway 23) to Mulberry Mountain for live outdoor music festivals like Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, and this […]

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June 1, 2013 | By More
A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

Most girls dream of going to the prom with a handsome prince, but Kaylee Murphy isn’t an ordinary 10 year old. Kaylee has Oculoauricular Dysplasia (OAV) or Goldenhar Syndrome, a congenital birth defect which deforms the face, and in Kaylee’s case, twists the spine.  Kaylee’s deformities don’t stop her though. Like other fourth graders at […]

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May 1, 2013 | By More
For the Love of Logan

For the Love of Logan

“The bond between mother and child is an unbroken circle and each new sibling keeps the wheel turning.”  Stories abound of mothers willing to sacrifice their lives for their children, but sometimes the bond between siblings is just as strong. Brothers, Logan Collins age 10 and Ethan Collins 8 of Dardanelle, have that kind of […]

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May 1, 2013 | By More
Sewing Up a Fairy tale

Sewing Up a Fairy tale

Once up a time, sewing ranked with cooking as a domestic chore to be mastered. Sewing skills were so important that young women spent years stitching items to fill a hope chest. Well-made quilts were akin to a dowry and many a match was sewn together as much by needle and thread as by looks […]

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April 1, 2013 | By More
For the Love of Trees

For the Love of Trees

Artist Linda William Palmer is a “tree hugger” in the best sense. The 70-year-old artist does not picket to preserve nature; she protects the biggest trees in Arkansas by preserving their magnificent presence in colored pencil drawings. “I have always been inspired by trees, so when I read about the big trees on the Arkansas Champion […]

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March 1, 2013 | By More
Subiaco Celebrates 135 Years in the River Valley

Subiaco Celebrates 135 Years in the River Valley

The church bells of Subiaco Abbey and Academy will ring with joy on March 15, 2013 in celebration of the Abbey’s 135th anniversary.    Subiaco is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery named after a cave in Subiaco, Italy, where St. Benedict lived during the 6th century. As a religious order of independent monastic communities, Benedictines […]

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