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A Fair Amount of Fun

A Fair Amount of Fun

Guest written for ABOUT by Chris Zimmerman The Pope County Fair has always been more to me than just rides, treats, and games I can never win.  Sure, that was alway a big part of it, but my best memories come from the sounds, smells, and memories of the livestock barn. I grew up in […]

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Checking Boxes

Checking Boxes

Guest Written for ABOUT by Liz Chrisman By and large, humans prefer order and categories that fall into checkboxes of choices. Some of mine would include caucasian, female, under 30, artist, and Arkansas. “Tattooed” or “not tattooed” isn’t usually an option. But, if presented with, I would darken the bubble next to “tattooed.” Initiation into […]

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Service to country can take many forms

Service to country can take many forms

Guest written by Dr. Russ Hall President of the River Valley chapter of the Military Officers Association of America This short essay is being written by a person that loves this country more than anywhere else on this earth. After graduating from ATU, I served seven years in the Air Force as a pilot. A […]

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The Ordinary Becomes Special

The Ordinary Becomes Special

Guest Written by Johnny Brazil “The feeling you get when you see your baby for the first time is indescribable.”  “You never knew you could love something so much.” “You have no idea how much your world is going to change.” These are some of the clichés we’ve all heard a thousand times from parents. […]

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An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

Guest Written by Lesa Ford There are four words to describe what the Russ Buss did for me. They believed in me. They believed in me before I believed in myself. They loved me, genuinely loved me, until I could love myself. I originally met Fred during my fourth stint in rehab. I met him […]

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More than just a Magazine

More than just a Magazine

Guest Written by Patty Balcerzak I am a transplant from the North. I have lived just outside of Russellville, in the same house with the same man, for 24 years. We have two teenaged children and call the River Valley home. In the fall of 2007 ABOUT…The River Valley was just a means for me […]

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Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Guest written by Liz Chrisman Not one thing stands alone as a dichotomy of life lessons and pure fun more than a bicycle. As a kid, nothing frustrated my strong-willed nature more than not being able to ride without training wheels right from my first sit on the saddle. My first bicycle to memory (a […]

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You Could be the Match

You Could be the Match

Guest Written by Jason E. Warnick, Ph.D. Until about three years ago, I had been fortunate to never have anyone close to me suffer from leukemia. To say I was ignorant about blood cancers would be generous — I knew nothing. My introduction came while working on a book. Somehow, I managed to get a […]

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Unforeseen Circumstances at the Pet Fair

Unforeseen Circumstances at the Pet Fair

Story by Adele Williams Trusting your gut feelings (paying attention to how your body responds to any person, thing, or situation the first 15 seconds you come in contact) is one of the first lessons I teach my students in Psychic Classes. When I received a call from The Needy Paws Animal Shelter in Clarksville, […]

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A Change in the Air

A Change in the Air

Guest Written by  Billy Reeder There’s a change in the air. As children once again pile on yellow buses and the noon sun has tilted a little more to the south all signs point toward fall. Around the cabin there are more. The elms and the sycamore trees are fading from green to yellow and […]

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