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It’s what you do that defines you

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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May 1, 2019 | By More
Out of the darkness

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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April 1, 2019 | By More
The rail runs through and through

The rail runs through and through

Hank Williams Sr. sang about the midnight train whining low and how that forlorn moan — along with a whip-poor-will, a crying moon, weeping robin, and a falling star — amplified his loneliness. It’s a song of poetic beauty. But my experience with all of those components has had the opposite affect on me. The […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Coaching hoops from the heart

Coaching hoops from the heart

Rogue dandelions bloom in the yard as jonquils push their Kelly green shoots toward the strengthening sun. Cardinals sit high in tree tops singing to the sunshine. You almost forget it’s still winter. But the next day, we’re all huddled around the heater while frigid winds whip the bare branches and cold gray clouds cover […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More
The most beautiful ornament on our tree

The most beautiful ornament on our tree

Our Christmas tree is a time capsule decorated with memories disguised as ornaments. I’ve got two or three from my childhood as well as the obligatory “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments for both of my daughters and our granddaughter, and we’ll be adding another one for the newest granddaughter this year. But the most precious ornament […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
Our very best friends

Our very best friends

Loyal, intelligent, steadfast, hardworking, devoted: these are characteristics we seek in friends, hope to find in family, and — if we’re lucky — these are characteristics of our work partners. But we can always find these characteristics wrapped in a furry four-legged package. If you can look deeper than wagging tails and perked ears, lolling […]

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November 1, 2018 | By More
It was a gnarly time

It was a gnarly time

The idea to do a retro issue began with ABOUT’s illustrator/cartoonist Cliff Thomas. It wasn’t his idea, but his cool-guy aura and always entertaining teenage tales sparked it. So we asked Cliff if we could capitalize on his qualities and also those of his ridiculously appealing family members — wife Tracy, daughter Summer, and son-in-law […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
A pittance to pay

A pittance to pay

Our community was staggered by tragedy a few weeks back with the murder and suicide of a prominent couple in their home. In the earliest hours following the crime there was panic. No one outside of the sheriff’s office knew what was going on and speculations ran wild as they tend to do when something […]

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June 1, 2018 | By More
It’s a small world

It’s a small world

I’m a homebody. I rarely venture far outside the River Valley and rarer still outside of Arkansas. It’s not that I don’t like to travel, I do. We did an impromptu road trip to Pennsylvania visiting friends just a few years ago. We’ve been to the “Redneck Riviera” in south Alabama a few times along […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More
Some things never change

Some things never change

This is where I’m supposed to give an obligatory rundown on all the obligatory changes we’ve made in the magazine for the new year. You know the drill. We mark another journey around the sun — something the planet has been doing pretty much along the same path and within the same time frame for […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More