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Gardeners makes room for veggies among the flowers

Subscriber onlyThere are varied reasons for those with green thumbs to plant their own vegetable gardens. But the biggest reason, according to Tontitown gardener Gail Pianalto? "If you grow them yourself, then you are in control of what you put in your family's body." Continue reading...

Beyond 'Stranger Danger'

Supportive, alert parents best defense against child abuse

Subscriber only"It's not stranger danger. It's not the creepy guy in the white van. It's not the stereotype," said Abra Lang Morgan, a social worker and child advocate at the Children's Safety Center in Springdale. Continue reading...

A Tale of Two Dishwashers

Dirty and dirtier plates spawn family debate

Subscriber onlyI've heard horror stories about how some spouses constantly butt heads with their in-laws. And I'm lucky because I don't have those war stories. I love my husband's family, and he loves mine, and we're blessed to get along the way we do. Continue reading...

Progressive Thinkers

Wife of Fort Smith Judge Helped Establish Community

Subscriber onlyHistory remembers the border between Arkansas and the Indian Territory as a wild and woolly place, with "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker adjudicating federal cases in the Western District of Arkansas from his courtroom in Fort Smith. Certainly, it was not a place fit for a woman of breeding. Continue reading...

Epic fail in the toy aisle

Writer wishes she was making this ‘stuff’ up

Subscriber onlyMy favorite humor writer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry, is famous for the line "I am not making this up." He uses it when writing about things that are so absurd that any sane person would assume he's taking creative liberties with his description when, in fact, the description happens to be ridiculous AND true. I thought of Dave's famous line when my daughter spotted a toy recently and brought it over to the shopping cart to show me. Continue reading...

Adventures in the exotic

Cuisine goes international with Vietnamese classics

Subscriber onlyEven before I started reporting, I was all about adventure. I'll go mountain biking, hiking, surfing, even sky-diving. I'm up for anything new or exciting -- unless it involves food. Continue reading...

Progressive Thinkers Come To Life In Wild West

Subscriber onlyHistory remembers the border between Arkansas and the Indian Territory as a wild and woolly place, with “Hanging Judge” Isaac C. Parker adjudicating federal cases in the Western District of Arkansas from his courtroom in Fort Smith. Certainly, it was not a place fit for a woman of breeding. Continue reading...