Taming Tiger Country

If ever there were a universal rite of passage to usher former students into true college alumni status, it’s this: complaining about changes on campus. When the University of Missouri made the jump to the football powerhouse that is the Southeastern Conference in 2012, I had my well-vocalized doubts. For Missouri alumni like me who’d…

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Last Word

“This is the only novel I ever finished without someone making me.” My dad handed me the book, a slim hardback with a red cloth cover and a title stamped in bold black letters on the lower right-hand corner: General Red. My stomach clenched with apprehension. Musty old war stories were not really my thing.…

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Crystal Clear

“I think there’s just a certain eagerness that I bring,” Lauren Haynes tells me over the phone from her office at The Studio Museum in Harlem. “I’m just really excited to think about how the collection can grow and function, and the story that will tell about the institution.” She’s not lying, folks. In the…

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Dannie’s Cafe

The roads one can take in life are many. The road I was supposed to take today, however, I just missed. I was probably too busy concentrating on the bright purple tree splotches warning me not to trespass to notice Hempstead County Road 52 on my left, which looks like an unimportant gravel byway—a road…

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Good as new

Everything in its place Bill Wrape and Alissa Oates, the Distinctive Kitchens & Baths design duo behind this modern-meets-rustic space, could probably whip up Thanksgiving dinner in their client’s kitchen without batting an eye. Rubbed sage? Top drawer in the island. Turkey baster? Next drawer over. Roasting pan? Try the touch-latch cabinet at the top…

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Rogers

There is so much roadwork on the way to Rogers it’s almost like I’m on some kind of test track. Orange barrels narrow the lanes until I feel like I’m in a giant bumper-car arena. I guess turning Highway 71 into Interstate 49 takes a whole lot of effort and a little bit of inconvenience.…

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Good Tasting

Apple Cream Pie Crêpe Streetside Creperie, Conway One bite of this ooey, gooey, local-apple-filled concoction—brightened up with cream cheese and cinnamon—was enough to send us into a let-me-tell-you-about-the-time-I … tailspin, regaling one another with souvenirs (that is, memories) of rainy-day tromps through the streets of Paris. Mais oui, Conway is a long way from the…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

There’s just one image above, but there are really two others you need to fully understand the work and the artist behind it. That is, one image of John Wooldridge when he was younger, an academically gifted young man from rural Harrison who shot for the stars and brought them a little closer. And another to…

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The Culturalist

Arkansas Goat Festival at the Perryville City Park | Oct. 1 PERRYVILLE | The very first thing that comes up when you Google “Goat Festival Arkansas” is as follows: A festival to celebrate everything that is good about goats. And should you doubt the integrity behind the claim …. Well, we wouldn’t recommend it. Because upon clicking…

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