At Sea on Penobscot Bay

I am waking to the clatter of pots and pans coming down the companionway as Jack and Jerika start on the day’s food preparations. The rattle of the lids on the cast iron range brings back childhood memories of old women’s kitchens in fading, unpainted Victorian houses and the wood cookstoves they fed with sticks of oak, split just so. Looking out from the bow of the Grace Bailey, it feels strange to be moored in Penobscot Bay…

Honey: A ‘Go To’ Immune Booster

Colds, flu, Covid-19 and a host of other communicable diseases are a huge threat to those who have a weakened immune system. I’m somewhat a believer in home remedies. Rosemary to open…

Covid-19. We’ve Been Here Before

As I watch news release after news release, I’m reminded of incidences in my adulthood when life as we knew it, came to a standstill. 9/11 is one of those times. Like…



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Explore the Blackwaters of Bayou DeView

For many of us who live in western and northwestern Arkansas, the Ozark Mountains are our playgrounds, whether it’s mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, or most other outdoor adventures, these nearby…

Larry "B' Bedell

A Night on the Town with River Valley Music Legends

Larry B Bedell 'doing his thing: performing as Little Richard with the Fort Smith Symphony There have been many great musicians we have all listened and danced to over the years in…

Taking a Stand: Artist Kat Wilson

    “The average person looks at artwork for seven seconds or less,” Kat Wilson explains, “so I wanted more engagement.” This was the first goal of the artist Kat Wilson when…

A Winter Hike Through the Marinoni Scenic Area

Spring and fall are great for getting out to enjoy the outdoors in Arkansas. However, for me, the dead of winter is the time to explore The Natural State, no bugs, no…

Food Insecurity: The Staggering Numbers

Jenny is a widowed mom with two pre-school children. She has a full-time job which pays $9 an hour at a local business. Rounded up a few pennies, her take-home pay is…

The Societal Shift of Our Changing World

As we head into this fall season, I find myself trying to make sense of our rapidly changing world. Every quarter seems to bring crises that demand our attention. So, the context…

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