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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.…