july

Memphis

Make Time for Memphis

When I visited Memphis a few years ago, I stayed at the Peabody Hotel and saw their famous ducks march into the grand lobby…

JessicaSowards

People Watcher

I am an observer. A people-watcher. My walk through this broken world is dotted and flourished with a great appreciation for humanity and for…

Bicentennial

The Blue and the Gray

The Civil War brought soldiers to Fort Smith from various states in the Confederacy and the Union. Fort Smith was occupied at the beginning…

Drink

Blueberry Bliss

Ingredients 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries ¾ cup sugar ½ cup water 2 cups gin ¾ cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons) 2 cups…

Recipe

Homemade Ice Dreams

The sound of an ice cream machine churning away sends me straight back to my childhood. My favorite was a simple recipe combining soda…

Unexpected

Easy as One, Two, Three

July, the month of independence, of hand-cranked ice cream and trips to the waterpark, to the nearest pool, or to the snow cone stand….

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…