Monthly Archives: November 2014

More than a marker

It was a gray, rainy day in January when we laid my grandfather, Arthur Ralph Gipson, to rest in the family cemetery on the outskirts of Randolph County. He had lived the bulk of his life in this tiny corner …

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First Taste: Kemuri


Often, American restaurants become the place …

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November Best Bites

01_naturalstatesandwich_TThe Pittsburgh

Natural State Sandwiches, Fayetteville

Do we believe in love at first sight? Well, let’s just say that when we came across photos of the mile-high sandwiches stuffed with seasonal local ingredients served up by this Fayetteville food truck, …

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Homage to Fromage: The Best You Can Brie!

If ever you find yourself at a party hosted by Little Rock’s Blair Graves, heed this advice: If you scoop up a bite of gooey, triple-cream cheese, you better eat the rind.

As the cheese buyer for Boulevard Bread Company, …

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Border Battle

As a football-rivalry-loving state, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that we’re not South Carolina. With the recent expansion of the Southeastern Conference, the Gamecocks’ new permanent cross-divisional rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies, are some five states …

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November Arkansas Sketchboook

perfect-you-perfect-me2For a few months this past year, artist Claire Brankin would get up early and walk to the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market to do caricatures. For 12 minutes at a time, she’d become lost in their faces, young and old. As …

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License to Chill

06_moelliott_TAs hordes of choppers, cruisers and rat-rods roar up and down Fayetteville’s most famous drag in anticipation of the annual Bikes Blues and BBQ festival, the low, aggressive growl of their engines seems fundamentally at odds with what’s going on …

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In A Nutshell

02_pecan_TAny day now—perhaps even today—Clark’s Pecan Grove in Mayflower will be crawling with people, some of them quite literally, as they scavenge beneath the grove’s nut-laden trees, questing for what owner Leanna Clark calls the “cat’s meow” of pecans. Those …

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Where Roots Run Deep

CathedralOakAL_006_COLOROn the southeast corner of the manicured grounds surrounding the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana, a giant grows.

Rising 126 feet above the earth where it’s been nurtured for some 500 years, the cathedral’s gnarly live …

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Crowning Achievement

08_missarkansas_TAt 14, Ashton Campbell told her parents she hoped to attend the University of Arkansas. She had the grades, but college isn’t cheap they told her, and to make that dream come true, she’d have to help pay for it.…

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Telling Tails

possums_arlife_september2014_nixonRetired Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Sgt. Bret Staggs understands there is something almost magical about a campfire’s ability to start even the most reserved of men telling tales—the longer those embers glow, the wilder the stories grow. But as

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