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RedShoe

The Other Side of Heartache

The decision to have a second child came after many heartfelt talks, a lot of pondering, and much introspection. Nichol and Matt Goines understood…

4H

The Fair Life of the Beasley Sisters

4-H began more than 100 years ago, and is the nation’s largest youth development organization, which is overseen by the Cooperative Extension System. Their…

Jessica

The Dance

Time has a way of wooing those who will dance with it. And it is because of the dance that I’ve begun to embrace…

JessicaSowards

All the Pears

Tonight, my son Ezra ate a pear.   As I stood over the charcoal grill cooking dinner, he sat on the back porch steps…

RollerDerby

Rolling in the Rock

  About twenty skaters are here at Arkansas Skatium in west Little Rock for the regular Wednesday night practice of CARD, the Central Arkansas…

ArtStudent

The Summertime Hues

“Shhh-shh, shhh-shh.” That’s the sound Dominique Palucis’ mom hears when her daughter’s pencil touches canvas. Dominique, who goes by Nikki, is twelve years old…

Stoney

Shirtless in Stamperville

I can feel the tall wisps of bahiagrass grazing across the naked calves of my legs. It’s been raining this afternoon, so it is…

Gardening

The Growth of a Gardener

My mother has a green thumb. She can grow anything. When I was a kid, she would do things like buy me purple rose…

Subiaco

Boys in the Hood

The abbey bell sang its hearty summons shortly before mid-day, each peal beckoning, cajoling, compelling.   “You want to join us for noon prayer?”…

Stoney

This BIG Little Church

“May the Lord richly bless you and keep you safely in his arms. Shake hands and be friendly. You’re dismissed.” How many times have…