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ChadColley

The Best Christmas

Fortunately, most Americans have, at some time, experienced the majesty of Christmas. As we think back, there are some years that stand out for…

Sowards

The Glass House

For the majority of my life, in one way or another, I have kept a written record. It started in a sparkly, Lisa Frank…

CookieLady

That Cookie Lady

In 2010, Amy Casalman took a cake decorating class at Michael’s in Fort Smith, Arkansas. While she enjoyed the creativity of turning cakes into…

JeanGreen

Keen Jean Green

That desire to make the world better, one perm and one conversation at a time, has earned her quite the reputation. Stories of her…

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…