People

Tarnished Charm

Not so long ago, Ivy Hagedorn was a retail manager for a Cracker Barrel in Kingman, Arizona. It was a job she enjoyed, and…

The World’s Greatest Love Story

Eighteen-year-old Dorwin Shaddox bought another Heath bar. He’d gotten one earlier, but gave it to a friend, so he’d have an excuse to go…

DoGooder: Steph Gibson

On January 28, 2014, Steph Gibson turned forty. Several things happened in the weeks leading up to her big day. She’d been on Pinterest,…

The Life and Art of Kay Aclin

A cold wind is blowing when I leave the warmth of my car and walk up the sidewalk to the front door of an…

Go Green, Eat the Bean

Everyone knows that oranges come from Florida, and apples from Washington. But here’s a question: Where does the vegetable edamame (pronounced e-də-‘mä-mā) come from?…

Then There Was Arkansas

Twenty-five years is a long time to teach band in one place. But that’s what Steve Baskin did, in Huntsville, Arkansas, where legions of…

Big Burly Bearded Guys

Scott Hutcheson sits in a coffee shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas, his MacBook, covered in stickers, open in front of him. He is a big,…

Janet’s Bizarre Bazaar

Jennifer Canada is forty years old and lives in Fort Smith in a house that used to belong to her late mother, Janet. The…

From Saint Boniface to the CIA

E. A. Allen says his life as a CIA Intelligence Officer, historian, teacher, and writer began in the shadows of Saint Boniface Church and…