Monthly Archives: November 2013

Arkansans of the Year

Transformation. Determination. Dream. Courage.

Scrolled in chalk on a wall in photographer Nancy Nolan’s studio, the words chosen as personal mantras by our inaugural class of Arkansans of the Year—a group of folks selected by the Arkansas Life editorial team …

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Logged On


1213FPCabin1The cabin Billy Reeder built with his own two hands measures some 800 square feet and, both inside and out, smells wonderful. This especially holds true of the front door which is heavy, almost requiring a shoulder to open …

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Ozark Legends


Rick Stagner’s online store looks like autumn in Arkansas. From throwback Stanley canteens to chunky knit caps and plush wool-and-Sherpa blankets, each piece of merchandise looks like it could have been found stashed under the bench seat of a …

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Favorite Things: East Ninth Vintage’s Dayna Duncan


Longtime vintage collector Dayna Duncan knows a diamond in the rough when she sees one. She’s been known to find them in old boots and barware. Woolly blankets. Souvenir plates boasting hearty welcomes to far-flung locales. Even the black-and-white-awning-bedecked storefront …

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Write On


When Pam McFall’s daughter was planning her wedding eight years ago, pens played a major role.

Along with a friend, McFall hand-wrote dozens of invitations in steady, swooping cursive.

“To me, that was important,” says McFall, a special-education teacher at …

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Good Beginnings

1213GTAperitif1While there’s no denying that craft beer is having a moment in Arkansas, cocktails hold tight: Mixed drinks are having a mini-Renaissance of their own.

From booths at Big Orange and The Fold in Little Rock to the bar at …

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State of Play


While his friends celebrated around him, Javier Carbonell emerged from a pile of bodies, staggered to the sideline of Bentonville High’s football field and collapsed. The junior defensive end had just suffered a blow to the Adam’s apple and a …

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Arkansas Sketchbook


“Dropping It”
Medium: Intaglio, graphite, cut paper
Melissa Gill (2009)

Drop the mind. Drop the mind. Drop the mind. The imperative phrase only skimmed the surface of her consciousness when Melissa Gill first heard it. But with each successive repetition, …

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One on One: Hometown Hero


University of Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar entered a game early last season and earned a round of applause. It happened again when he checked out. “After the game, I asked my dad (Adnan Haydar), ‘What happened when I came in …

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The Decisive Exhibition


Four years ago, Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman conceived and curated “Mark Rothko in the 1940s,” an exhibition that’s gone on to garner critical acclaim across the country.

Walking into the Arkansas Arts Center’s darkened Winthrop Rockefeller gallery …

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Last Word: Hope Falls Eternal


Every year, as we segue from summer into fall—or, more accurately, into football season—I prepare myself to offer up both congratulations and condolences to my gridiron-loving friends. The passion for pigskin runs high in this state, and even a …

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