Monthly Archives: December 2014

Culinary Capital

AL-DCWKND_074We understand why Washington, D.C., gets such a bad rap. Built from the ground up to serve as this great nation’s seat of political power, the city has been synonymous with the bureaucracies that call it home practically since its …

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December Arkansas Sketchbook

LorindaGray_AudreyFor a moment, she doesn’t seem herself. For a moment, there are no crowds, no pearls, no sunglasses. For a moment—for those precious few seconds when you first set eyes upon her face, she’s so removed from the normal spheres …

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The Enduring Legacy of the Hilarious Jesters

hilarious-jesterIn the 1950s, mandated integration began transforming Arkansas sports forever. Four African-Americans paved the way at the high school level in 1955 when they joined the football team at Fayetteville High School, making it the first integrated high school sports …

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The Complete Package

5_giftwrapThere comes a point in everyone’s life when wrapping paper starts to matter. When it’s better to use three pieces of tape rather than 30. When a box should look more like a cube than a pineapple. When you realize …

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Iced, vacuum-sealed, delivered—it’s yours

01_hellofresh_TIn the midst of the food-frenzied holiday season, there’s a delirious notion that you’ll be able to detox post-Thanksgiving with batches of from-scratch soups and salads, roast veggies and meat. But all you end up doing is popping the …

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Arkansans of the Year

They come from all walks of life. They come from the fertile fields of central Arkansas and the halls of the state Capitol. They can be found amongst priceless works of art and throngs of cheering fans. But for all

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A Christmas Story

race_diane-1382565-origThere were school marching bands, floats made of tissue paper and chicken wire, the color guard on horseback and Brownie Scout troops piled in the back of pickup trucks. We were assembled in the old TG&Y parking lot. At least, …

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Winter Solace

christmas-grief-3Maybe it begins at the store when you see employees replacing the fake spiderwebs and glow-in-the-dark ghosts with gold-and-silver tinsel and giant red poinsettias. Or perhaps it’s when the first greeting card arrives, and you remember you’ve forgotten to mail …

Posted in Wellness

Something for Dumplings

10_alaskandumpling_TLess than a mile from Harding University in Searcy, there’s a small cinder-block building painted in bright blue and gold. The sign out front, hoisted high upon a rusty metal pole, reads “Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co.” For most Arkansans, “Alaskan …

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His and Her Guide to Local Gifting


1. Ashley Childers-designed gold box from Emporium Home.  2. Hillcrest Cottage love garland, $24 from
3. Neely Phelan vintage rhinestone clip earrings, $150, and vintage rhinestone clip necklace $195, from
4. “Dream a Little Dream” Roll & …

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From the Ground Up

12_marianna_TEverything starts with a seed. Everything has a point of origin. Everything has to start somewhere. And though those roots can be rather difficult to decipher, the ganglia of connections a fray of misdirection, if you trace them back along …

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