Author Archive: Guest Writen for ABOUT...the River Valley Magazine

"On a Personal Note" is written by an invited guest in each months issues of ABOUT...the River Valley. Here, you'll find short stories, interesting pieces and other great reads from people you know, or would like to know from around the River Valley.

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The Historic Love/Stubbs House

The Historic Love/Stubbs House

        Guest written for ABOUT by Dr. Diane Gleason (See full issue for photo essay) The Love/Stubbs House house was built in 1915 by David Crocket (D.C.) Love. Mr. Love (1845-1930) was a wealthy Carden Bottom farmer who amassed major land holdings in the Dardanelle Bottoms. His half-brother, Dr. L. E. “Ed” […]

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10 Things About: Chris Olson

10 Things About: Chris Olson

Age: 38 Occupation: Executive Director RussVegas Foot Races Foundation Hometown: Born in and lived in Russellville until 1996 then moved back in 2006. Family: Wife Lisa, daughter Grace Anne age 9 and son Reid age 5. 1) What is your favorite book and why? The Bible. It’s refreshing to know what God has done in […]

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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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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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Eat What You Watch

Eat What You Watch

Book by Andrew Rea Reviewed by Danielle Housenick I have a confession. I’m addicted to cookbooks. The uniform lists of ingredients, measurements, step-by-step instructions and glossy photographs of tempting foods pull me in and show me what is possible if I only julienne, broil, whisk or sous vide. Only one problem – I don’t cook. […]

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The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Reviewed by: Paige Housenick, age 10 and a member of the Tween Book Club who meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Dog Ear Books. At age 10 Ada Smith has never gone to school, ridden in an automobile, or even left her flat. Born with a clubfoot, Ada’s Mam […]

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Straddling two worlds

Straddling two worlds

Guest Written by Andy Sarjahani Andy “Cotton” Sarjahani, a Russellville native who now resides in Austin, Texas, left the world of academia in 2014 to become a documentary filmmaker. He was involved with the production of “Tower,” an award-winning documentary released in 2016 about the 1966 University of Texas shootings. Andy’s first solo-directed documentary wrapped […]

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Fearscape: Phobias – Library Haunted House Returns for Its Fifth Year

Fearscape: Phobias – Library Haunted House Returns for Its Fifth Year

Guest Written by Elizabeth Lilley Teen & Adult Programmer, Pope County Library System This year, the Pope County Library will host its 5th annual Haunted House. Since 2013 this event has provided an opportunity for teens to work together, reach out to the community, and get hands-on experience with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and […]

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Attitude is a Choice. So is Bullying.

Attitude is a Choice. So is Bullying.

Guest written by Coach David Verdu Bullying is defined as an attitude, aggressive behavior forcibly imposed on another person. Good definition, however what one person calls bullying another person says is “just playing.” I think what we fail to see is what is behind the action — the attitude. Are we really looking closely and […]

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Generational Thinking

Generational Thinking

Guest Written by Dr. Mark Gotcher, Russellville School District Superintendent Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials… these are names given to the last set of generational groups in modern history. Depending on what researcher you’re reading, the last millennial graduated from high school in 2017. So who is in our classrooms today? Who are […]

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