In The Valley of the Sun

“Aren’t you cold?” a voice asks from below. We’ve just hiked up 2.5 miles of Sonoran-Desert trail crisscrossed by dusty, boulder-strewn washes, and two septuagenarians—one of whom is quite concerned about my bare arms—are catching their breath at the top of the mountain’s saddle, sitting crossed-legged with sunglasses perched atop their silver-haired heads. “This weather,” one…

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Open House

The house was drab and green. Dunked and coated the whole structure over in a shade perhaps best described in Crayola terms of “Soiled Army Canvas,” “Wilty Swamp Kale” or “Not Verdant.” Taken further, you might say it was a shade of olive green, had said olives been chucked into a bottomless pit and recovered…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

THERE’S A PAINTING, TOO, FROM THAT DAY. White-bodied chickens plucked and slung from sparse branches. Live and as-yet feathered chickens running strut-legged across the grounds, scratching in the dirt, weaving through the grass—a scene depicted in watercolor or maybe oil. In many ways, that work is a reflection of the photo above, a tableau that plays…

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Jasper

It’s long been said that Jasper, a town of 453 near the banks of the upper Buffalo River, is not just a special place, but a magical one. My mother remembers touring Diamond Cave, spelunking its forests of stalagmites and stalactites and marveling at the fairylike formations of sparkling calcite crystals. Rumors swirl of Newton County’s…

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Snap To It

As a-listers walked the red carpet at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Little Rock resident Cyrene Quiamco was there chronicling it all—their “best Miley Cyrus impressions,” their funny dance moves—on her phone. Which might strike you as odd (Little Rock is, after all, a world away from Hollywood), until you realize the 26-year-old was hired…

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Foxhole

It’s after 10 p.m. on a mind-blowingly warm Saturday in January, and even though we’re damn near comatose after scarfing down pimiento cheeseburgers at The Hive, the thought of a nightcap propels us forward. But when we sidle up to our destination in the section of downtown Bentonville dubbed “The Arts District,” it’s quiet. I’m…

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The Perks of Being a Wildflower

We’re almost to Norfork Lake, and Anne Kayti Ewing is worried about dirt. Or really, she’s worried there won’t be any. If the soil’s pH is too low—if it’s too acidic—no problem. They can add some lime to balance it out. And if some notoriously hard-to-kill Cynodon dactylon (better known as Bermuda grass) has taken root,…

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Good Tasting

Tri-Tip Steak Trio’s Restaurant, Little Rock For 30 years, this august establishment has consistently been turning out some of the best food in the city. But with a perpetually rotating list of specials—we’re currently loving this tri-tip steak topped with classic Argentinian chimichurri, served with roasted potatoes and maple-glazed Brussels sprouts—Trio’s certainly isn’t resting on…

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Double Vision

It was time to do something about it. For years, even if only abstractly, 28-year-old twins Rebekah and Sarah Fess had thought about opening a design store, a place that sourced modern, artisan home goods and accessories that embodied their modern, minimalist aesthetics. Things with a narrative. Things that were hard to find in Arkansas.…

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Going With the Flow

GOING WITH THE FLOW Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.’s John Lee knows better than most that good things come to those who wait PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE John Lee knows well. He’s been at it for three years, after all. For nearly half the time his brewing operation, Rebel Kettle Brewing Co., has been around, John…

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