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On Gardening

Following: a public service announcement regarding people like me, who humbly request your special consideration: We are likely to have dirt under our nails.  This has nothing to do with how recently we have bathed, and more to do with the fact that we make ourselves presentable, head out the door and then adjust or…

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Saving Warhola: Article in Arkansas Life

Sixty-four years, $35 and one heck of an art school story. That just about sums it up.  But for me, it goes even farther.  I’ve said before (and am likely to say again) that I am beyond fortunate to occasionally contribute to Arkansas Life magazine. Writing about food, wine, travel and every corner of the planet has…

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When The Past Comes Calling

I’m completely transfixed by the timeworn and riveted by the road-weary. Despite my efforts to have a home not completely overrun by knickknacks and dusting-required tchotchkes, I do sometimes fight the battle of objects on display. However, as I’ve revealed in my tirades on National Geographic, batched tomes of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and archaic…

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Beth’s Arkansas Product & Gift List {2013}

I think local pride is just the coolest thing.  In fact, so much so that I compiled and published my first Arkansas Product List in 2010.  It remains the single most visited post on this site, and I’m pleased to have finally produced an updated list in time for the holiday season. I have always had…

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On Ducks, Bonnets & Gingham Dresses

I  love this framed print reminiscent of Holly Hobbie illustrations (which I, of course, searched to find official history and links – the character debuted in 1967 – and found very little, meaning I’m now curious and likely to rant more about this in the future).  It was a gift from my Mom when Ainsley…

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1895 Dogbranch School

This is at the 1895 Dogbranch School and Cemetery, just off the highway and taken during a meandering trip through north Arkansas to Mountain View in the summer of 2012 to visit Stephanie Buckley, The Park Wife. It accompanied an article about taking the slow road that ran in a regional magazine last October (pages…

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In the Lair of the Naturalist

When our oldest daughter started devouring the Spiderwick Chronicles, we dove in right alongside her. I was particularly riveted by the way Arthur Spiderwick’s office was depicted, all rife with leather-bound field journals and specimens and glass cloche domes covering interesting objects. It wasn’t the series that kicked off this interest, I’m afraid: it’s long-standing.…

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Belt It Out {Leather Bracelet Giveaway}

Once in a while, you encounter some pretty meaningful things. They’re still just inanimate objects, but they may be rife with symbolism, memories or just a degree of character that tells you they were lovingly and well made. As I’ve been on a somewhat lengthy quest to hold on to fewer objects and clear the…

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Summer Fun at the New Rogers Splash Park

Arkansas boasts some absolutely incredible and affordable activities for families across the state, but the one that should top your summer fun list is the brand new Rogers Aquatics Center, scheduled to open THIS Saturday, May 25. And, get this: half price punch passes (10 visits for about $4/each) are available this week only! More…

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Beans, Boots & Blogs

I am exceptionally excited that tomorrow (!) I’ll have the opportunity to attend an event hosted by P. Allen Smith (the Arkansas-based television host, designer, gardening and lifestyle expert) and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. A handful of bloggers from throughout the state have been invited to this event, known as Bean2Blog, which is an…

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These. Are. The days.

I used to walk (ok, hustle) to school in Wenatchee, Washington. First, down Orchard Street to Orchard Middle School after we first moved to the U.S. (and after the kids recovered from their shock that I was the new girl from Jamaica and yet my skin didn’t match their mental pictures). Then, from Utah Court…

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A Safe Spot in the Outdoors

In early 2012, I was fortunate through some of life’s unusual circumstances to meet Ed Cooley, a nationally-renowned photographer living in Rogers, Arkansas. His stunning, more vivid than life photography is displayed at his own White River Gallery in historic downtown Rogers and is also currently exhibited at Tavola Trattoria in Bentonville. Ed and I…

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An Ode to Highway 71 in Arkansas – Part Two

Explore other meanderings, scenic byways and roads less traveled over at Travelin’ Magpie. Follow this trip via Mapquest or see highlights, photos & check-ins on Foursquare. Part Two: Traveling Northbound from Lockesburg to Huntington In a previous post (a *while* back. cough.) I wrote a bit about my enduring affection for Highway 71 in Arkansas. …

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A Good House

It’s 9:00 on a Saturday morning in June in a quiet little neighborhood. It’s not the trendy place to live, but it has deep heart and soul. It’s been around awhile. Very few people are stirring despite the stifling heat that is beginning to approach as the day wears on. In just ten minutes, the…

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Child of Arkansas

The lithe girl was handed a torch by her father, which seemed poignant and appropriate. It was formerly a substantial silver maple branch downed by a storm, resurrected for noble duty.  Stuffed with coco liner remnants from an aging flower basket and wrapped in twine, it was doused in fuel and lit. She reached for…

America’s Artwork: A Perspective from 52″

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with two of the art world’s most astute and unbiased critics: my eight year old daughter Sophie and her eight year old cousin Jayson.  I intentionally skipped all the grand opening hoopla to have the chance to visit the museum with family…

An Ode to Highway 71 in Arkansas – Part One

Explore other meanderings, scenic byways and roads less traveled over at Travelin’ Magpie. Follow this trip via Mapquest or see highlights, photos & check-ins for this trip via Foursquare. Part One: Traveling Northbound from Texarkana to Lockesburg We moved around the world when I was growing up due to my Dad’s job with Alcoa, the aluminum…