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BreadCompany

Breaking Bread

Sarah and Aaron Mastropaolo, a brother and sister duo, grew up happily with their two older sisters in a vine-covered house in Fort Smith,…

CraigStrickland

Caught in the Storm

It was the evening of December 27, 2015, when I received the call asking if I’d heard from my twenty-nine-year-old son Craig. I knew…

Stoney

Don’t Blink

I squeezed Abby tight. She’s normally not much of a hugger, but this day, I just didn’t care. I held her for just a…

Jessica

Tea As A Tonic

I don’t drink tea at night as a general rule. Only sometimes, when it’s on the early end of late, and my brain just…

GuitarMan

Guitar Man

It is a brilliant September afternoon in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Already, a few leaves on a nearby maple tree have turned an orangey-red, and…

Paranormal

Two Nights in Summerfield

River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigation is a group of paranormal investigators in Fort Smith, Arkansas dedicated to the research and documentation of unexplained…

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…