MLK Gets His Day (or The Passion of Kelly Duda)

On April 16, 1985, then-Gov. Bill Clinton signed House Bill 132, which declared that both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Robert E. Lee Day would be celebrated on the third Monday in January. This past year, more than three decades later, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 519, separating the two. To say that many people played a part in getting the state to that place, both publicly and behind the curtain, would be to grossly understate the point. This is the story of one of them.

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Lessons From a Walk Across The Country

In 2005, at the age of 23, the writer Guy Choate set out with a childhood friend to walk every step across the country and write a book about the experience. The trip did not go as planned—his friend flew home from Arizona, and Choate hitchhiked a decent portion of the remaining distance—but a dozen years later, he says, he does have a manuscript about the experience. This excerpt, written in the third person, comes from 70 days into the trip, when he and his newly adopted dog were in southern Missouri.

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A Hike A Week

We love the idea of starting the year off on the right, um, foot care of a “First Day Hike,” better known as those ranger-led romps that’ll be offered by many of our lovely state parks this January 1. In fact, we love it so much we think it should be an all-month thing. Time to dust off those hiking boots.

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