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Second wind

Jim Mize just retired from his day job, and now his pals in the music business want to see his long-simmering career really start cooking

Subscriber onlyA week after Jim Mize’s last day at Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of Arkansas, he was sitting with his wife, Dana, at a sports bar in Conway, and showing a video of himself leaving the office after 34 years on the job. Continue reading...

6 Mize songs certify no padding on CDs

Subscriber onlyOver his 20 years as a recording artist, singer-songwriter Jim Mize has released only three albums, totaling 30 songs, so it’s fair to say that his level of quality control has been high. Continue reading...

Lessons of our heroes’ falls, flaws

Subscriber onlyIn the twinkling of an eye, as the biblical saying goes, it seems reputations are being wiped out, right and left. Continue reading...

Isbell’s candid, literate voice lifts Free’s ‘everydayness’

Subscriber onlyA picture appeared in my Twitter feed of Jason Isbell holding an old Stratocaster, the one Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago. Continue reading...

On your left, our next dead celebrity...

The Dearly Departed tour covers 100 years of Hollywood in 3 hours

Subscriber onlyExploiting the dead is distasteful. Let the departed, dearly and otherwise, rest in peace. And yet … Continue reading...

NY exhibit laces culture of sneakers

Subscriber onlyThe sneaker is a force in fashion, music and sports, but where did it begin? Continue reading...

Politics-weary Stewart ready for 'Daily Show' exit

Subscriber onlyAnd now, your last four moments of Zen. Continue reading...

New husband feels insecure

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAROLYN: My wife and I are newlyweds in our 60s. This is my second marriage. My first wife died after 20-plus years together. I had dated a few other women while in school and before meeting my new wife. Continue reading...

Planning helps to cut long waiting times

Subscriber onlyCrowds are becoming an increasing nuisance at top European attractions. There’s almost no way to experience places like the Sistine Chapel or the Palace of Versailles without a constant and raging commotion of tourists. Continue reading...

Jarod Veryl Varner

The man in charge of the area’s public transit system envisions a bright future for his agency and the region. Personally, the American dream is already alive and well and riding the bus in North Li

Subscriber onlyMidafternoon is a busy time at the River Cities Travel Center, the convergence point of Central Arkansas Transit Authority bus routes ferrying passengers between downtown Little Rock and their various destinations. Continue reading...

'Comeback' is brutal, funny, Kudrow aficionados aside

Subscriber onlyWho’s making a comeback? Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow). And she makes two, actually. Continue reading...

For Goodness Cakes’ sake

Subscriber onlyLight the candles for the sweet idea that Celeste Davis stirred up seven years ago, For Goodness Cakes. Continue reading...

It’s only natural these four would be in Outdoor Hall

Subscriber onlyAnother Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame induction ceremony — the 24th! This year’s a peach of a class — the writer/television producer Steve Bowman, the bladesmith Jerry Fisk, Ducks Unlimited president George Dunklin, and the late wildlife officer Joel Campora, who was helping two women trapped in their Y City home during a flood when it collapsed. (Campora, Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women were killed.) Continue reading...

Let’s put on a show!

Insalaco, Tenenbaum, friends celebrate first-ever stage production of Mrs. Miniver

Subscriber onlyFor years the state’s Democratic Party chairman has been working on a big “get.” Oh, Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and now presidential candidate, for the party’s big Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser? No. Sure, that’s a big deal, too, but harder to get were the stage rights to Mrs. Miniver, the World War II-era novel- cum-winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture for 1942. Continue reading...

Suitor finally got her to go on a date by hanging up on her

Subscriber onlyDick Pickens first saw Paula Johnson under the old oak tree on the campus of Arkansas A&M College (now University of Arkansas at Monticello) and spent all of football season hoping she would go out with him. He was a basketball player, she was a cheerleader, and it was a pep rally that started it all. Continue reading...

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