Author Archive: Johnny Sain

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Without darkness there is no light

Without darkness there is no light

Here at the tag end of 2019 — a stretch of time that we covered in what seemed far less than 12 months — we can peer back at the good and bad with a clarity of vision that only hindsight can provide. We measure our successes against our failures. We ponder our poor decisions […]

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10 Things About: Korri Freeman

10 Things About: Korri Freeman

Age: 26 Occupation: Business owner and art teacher at KaleidoKids Art Studio in Russellville Downtown. Hometown: Russellville/River Valley native, RHS and ATU graduate. Family: I work every day at the studio with my husband, Daniel and our 18-month-old daughter, Finnli. 1) What is your favorite book and why? Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond […]

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Compare and contrast

Compare and contrast

    We often fall into a lazy lumping together, a broad labeling of meals with similar names, similar ingredients, or with origins stemming from a general region of the globe. This happens a lot within Hispanic/Latino cuisine. While there is definitely some overlap with ingredients and spices from meals with histories tracing back to […]

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Eat or be eaten

Eat or be eaten

  Gut-hooked bass are nearly always dead bass, but this one was just barely gut hooked. Thankfully, I’d pressed the barb down on this #2 wooly bugger fly (actually, it was my own tie with trademark outlandishly big hackles I’d christened the beasty bugger) and it looked like I could slip the point out of […]

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It’s Greek to us

It’s Greek to us

Just a few years ago, I didn’t even know how to pronounce “gyro.” Now I’m eating them. And loving them. And wondering why I waited so long to try one. That last part is easy to figure out — there wasn’t any place to get a gyro in the River Valley. Not that I was […]

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Blood Brother

Blood Brother

He materializes out of river-bottom tangles, silent as the morning mist that hangs thick in the cottonwood and hackberry limbs. The young buck isn’t cruising for girls; it’s still a week or more away from pre-rut festivities. Most likely, he’s ambled over from a nearby plum thicket sniffing for the burgundy-colored honey locust pods that […]

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10 Things About: Daniel Connerly

10 Things About: Daniel Connerly

Age: 37 Occupation: I am the Food Services Director for the Russellville School District. Hometown: Bred and born in Russellville, I have spent 27 years here in the River Valley, with a 10 year hiatus traveling the world. Family: My wife Sarah is my gift from God. She is the guidance counselor at Oakland Heights […]

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Called to do heroic things

Called to do heroic things

Olive green figures cover the flat expanse in attack formation. Some lay prone with bipod-supported M-16s and some aim their rifles off-hand. Some shoulder bazookas while others kneel on one knee, perpetually holding a mortar round that will never drop into the tube. There’s also a couple of machine-gunners on the flanks and a quartet […]

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Gearhead

Gearhead

The Tacoma skidded to a stop in loose gravel that might generously be called a parking lot as the two young men laughed about the lack of amenities in this podunk town. The tall, sun-kissed-blond man jumped from the driver’s seat and strode to the door of Lee Roy’s Garage. They were outsiders. From their […]

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Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure

    I’ve never been mechanically inclined. I’ve tinkered a bit. Back in high school, a more knowledgable buddy showed me how to tweak the four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor sitting atop the 400 small block in my old Chevy pickup. I put headers on that truck and did a few other minor upgrades and repairs, but […]

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