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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…